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Series: Shooting Stars #2
Published by: Self Published
on August 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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That moment your life changes.
That moment that changes your life.
That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.
That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.
There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.
When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.
Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.
Some things never change and love is one of them.
Captivating, heartbreaking, and incredibly moving, Aurora Rose Reynolds has once again, made my heart swell, break, and mend in under 200 pages! A STUNNING second chance love story that won’t leave a dry eye in the house!
“A piece of me is missing. A part of my soul is gone. I will never be okay again.”
Ms. Reynolds does one of two things in her romances. 1.) She makes her readers all hot and bothered with an alpha-licious hero with a dirty mouth and a possessive streak or 2.) She makes her readers bawl their eyes out before the prologue is even over, and then gives us a beautiful glimpse of a second chance love story that melt our hearts. With WIDE OPEN SPACES, we get door #2 ALL. THE. WAY. I’m not kidding about the crying during the prologue with this one folks. I wasn’t prepared. I needed tissues STAT!
Shelby and Zach’s story just broke my heart. My heart sank during chapter one…Ms. Reynolds had me worried for a second, but don’t worry this is not that kind of story. There is NO cheating in WIDE OPEN SPACES. Ms. Reynolds would NEVER do that to us. Instead we get a lovely AND delicate romance that will completely sweep you off your feet.
“…you’re the only place I’ve ever called home.”
This author always paints her readers such vivid pictures, transporting them to the destination in her books with such ease. With WOS, we journey to a small Alaskan town where everyone knows everyone’s business and where two lost souls find one another once again, finding out the love they shared never diminished, but only laid low until fate did its magic.
“I didn’t think it was possible to love you more than I did years ago, but I was wrong…so fucking wrong.”
WIDE OPEN SPACES is a complete standalone, but it is part of the wonderful Shooting Stars series that gave us FIGHTING TO BREATHE, which was another FANTASTIC romance. After reading the book, you will DIE when you see who will be in the final book of the series. OMG! I can’t EVEN! Do yourself a favor….if you need a good cry, BUY this book! If you want to read about a special kind of love, BUY this book! If you want to experience greatness, BUY this fucking book!
“Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder looking more beautiful than ever standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won’t be a mistake he ever makes again.”
“Then why did you marry her?” I ask, wondering if I’m really ready to go there with him, but it’s too late to change my mind. The question is out, and as much as I don’t want to know the answer, I need to know the answer.
“I wanted my kids to have what I didn’t. I believed that, with time, we could find a way to be happy.”
“Maybe we shouldn’t talk about this,” I say, changing my mind as nausea and jealousy turn my stomach.
“You loved your ex, baby. I know you did. I didn’t have that. I wanted it but never had it with her or anyone else since you.”
“Please stop.” Feeling tears burn the back of my eyes for him, I close them tight. Max and I were happy and in love in the beginning, and I hate knowing Zach never had that… the kids didn’t see or feel that.
“I wish my past didn’t hurt you so much. I’m sorry for hurting you the way I have. If I could take your pain away, I would.” He gathers me against him and tucks my head under his chin.
“As sad as it makes me, I wish you would have had that with her or someone else,” I say, and his arms tighten so much that my lungs compress.
“I don’t,” he growls.
“What?” I wheeze, and he loosens his grip just enough for me to take a breath.
“I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had been with her or someone else when you came back. I don’t want to face that demon inside of me that knows what I would have done.”
“I’ve been in love with you for almost eighteen years. I carried your missing pieces around inside me for that long, Shelby. I know it would have made me an asshole, but there is only one you. You’re the only place I’ve ever called home.” His voice is thick with emotion, and that wound inside of me fills up a little bit more. I hate his words, but a part of me is relieved he feels that way, that he feels so deeply for me.
“There’s been a wide open space inside me since we placed Samuel and I left you behind. But, from the moment I came back, it’s slowly been filling up.”
He goes quiet at my words. Several moments pass before he speaks again. “One day, that space will be full. I swear, with everything I have in me, I will make sure it’s overflowing and that you never feel empty again.”
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