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- File Size: 809 KB
- Print Length: 216 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (17 Nov. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MTGFB7U
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #397,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Where There's a Will (Bitterthorn, Texas) Kindle Edition
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Miranda and Coe were enemies but it was not always like this. They had a love that was passionate and explosive but they were so very young. Fast forward years and this is two very different people. The intensity of their reactions to each other was felt with the first dialogue. I loved how Miranda didn’t pull any punches and just said how she felt and never shied away from admitting how much she loved Coe back when everything fell apart for them. Coe really surprised me with how he owned up to his responsibility in how things happened. His pursuit of Miranda was heartwarming. Even if he didn’t know what his heart felt, his actions were by far the sweetest ever. The way things fell into place and watching these too fall in love all over again was romance at it’s finest. Coe was protective and romantic and I adored his take charge ways.
I can honestly say that I was captivated throughout this passionate second chance love story and the epilogue was adorable. Stacy surprised me and knocked me off my feet and I’m so happy to have enjoyed Coe’s sweet love story.
Heavily character driven, the story revolves around our heroine Miranda Brookhaven and her journey back to the worse time of her life. Abandoned by her lover and father forced Miranda to leave Bitterthorn and cut herself off from her family. Coming back home to a town filled with people who hate her and her family isn’t easy. Emotions run hot and heavy as we learn that there are three sides to every story-yours, theirs, and the truth. Small town gossip and animosity only adds fuel the fire as we hear Miranda’s and Coe’s versions of the events of that fateful summer; events that don’t quite match up.
Their romance is sweet, sarcastic, sexy, and heartbreaking. Strong chemistry and passion flavors the story, assuring readers that no matter what happened in the past, this couple isn’t completely free of one another. The slow journey towards discovery, forgiveness, and ultimately love controlled a large portion of the storyline. Gail builds the story, effectively communing to readers the pain and angst these two suffered through. Miranda was left damaged by Coe and her father. Damage that can’t be rectified by a simple ‘I’m sorry.’ Coe, older and more mature, sees that he has a lot of work to do if he is ever going to gain Miranda’s trust and forgiveness to help move her past the anger and grief she still clings to.
I loved the interactions between Coe and Miranda. Coe expects the soft-spoken squeaky clean ‘princess’ he remembers from the past and is shocked when he gets the strong, sarcastic, foul mouth, take no crap from anyone woman she has become. Though he comes off as a complete jerk in the beginning, watching him open his heart and become the sweet protective man to the woman he has always loved was wonderful to watch. The moment he realizes exactly how much he hurt Miranda, your heart breaks along with his.
The ending wraps up everything nicely and leaves us with a sweet happily ever after for our protagonists. Though this is part of a series, each book can be read as a stand alone.
Overall Rating: B
Coe is less than thrilled to find the pampered princess from his past standing in his garage. This is the last thing he ever expected. What does she want now? She has already wreaked enough havoc on his life. What could she possibly want now? Wasn't stealing his valve invention for her father enough?
I will not spoil this incredible story. Suffice it to say that it is fraught with misunderstandings - on both sides. My take-away from this book is that "things are not always what they seem." A little communication would have saved years of heartache for Coe and Miranda. Now they are both so bitter that they can't carry on a civil conversation. The resentment between them is palpable...but so is the chemistry. It burns white-hot between them, though neither will acknowledge it.
This book is second-chance romance at its best. I LOVED the story of Coe Rodas and Miranda Brookhaven. She is a strong and sassy heroine. He is the ultimate sexy, hot, broken alpha-male hero. I don't think I've met a sweeter man that Coe Rodas. It takes Miranda a while to recognize this. She sees an ulterior motive in everything he does. Her guilt has colored her perception when it comes to him. How can he get past the barriers she has wrapped herself in?
The story of Coe and Miranda is one that you don't want to miss. The sparks between them are white-hot and explosive. Their story is heart-breaking and poignant. Stacy Gail writes a tender and touching love story wrapped in barbed wire. Trust me; it's a heady combination that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. I LOVED it!
*An advance reading copy was generously provided by Carina Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
(I also pretty much adore his twenty second hugs and the way he goes about trying to make sure Miranda is taken care of when he sees something he can do to help her.)
(Also, also, TWENTY SECOND HUGS! HEEEEE!)
And Miranda. Poor girl. Admittedly, she can hold a mean grudge, but what happened to her all those years ago pretty much broke my heart. The fact she had pushed her pain aside and tried to pretend what had happened didn't matter to her now flayed me. She was just a big ball of pain trying to do the right thing without letting her emotions get the better of her. *weeps*
Once again, Stacy Gail has created a very real, wonderfully flawed couple who have to come to terms with the past before they can have a future. And, yes, Stacy Gail did make me cry. AGAIN. She excels at that. It's like her evil superpower or something. I've simply come to accept that she will drive me to tears at some point during her books. It will hurt. AND IT WILL BE GLORIOUS.
*slow, slightly damp thumbs up*
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal