Book Review: Then There Was You – Claire Contreras

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Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in. 

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her. 
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either. 
Then there was you . . 

My Thoughts

So, basically, this is a hard case of “It´s not the book. It´s me.” I´ve become a nitpicking reader. I can´t explain why… but when I read a romance that´s been highly recommended by the mass then I expect the highly recommended to highly entertain me from start to finish.

There was angst. Lots and lots of angst – In the end.

Will they? Will they not? When will they? Will they ever? What if they don´t? What´s going to happen if they don´t?

These are the questions that should pop up while reading a romance. And with this read, they do – But only in the end.

`Then There Was You` ( Second Chances Duet #1 ) by Claire Contreras is one of those second chance stories that have you saying “What a good read.” after reading, even though the story isn´t even finished. The keywords are: good read.

I admit, I had a few troubles getting into the story. In the very beginning I felt no connection between the characters. Not even with the help of the dual POVs could I understand / the characters.  But somewhere halfway through the story I felt what they had. It was subtle but I felt it.

Something else that slightly bugged me was that I couldn´t relate to the characters. I need to feel that connection with a fictional figure. I couldn´t, though.

I like to feel the feels. I don´t want to wait 200+ pages to feel something. That´s not how I prefer to read.

But…. I do love the cover. And I definitely adore the title. Book cover and title, together, fit beautifully… But the story doesn´t quite match that beauty.

Alas, I still see why others would enjoy this book. It´s romantic, just not my type of romantic. The characters are smart and pretty and successful and wealthy… They deal with issues I could only dream of having…

Is it selfish of me to want to read about characters who have flaws? Not to be mistaken with characters being emotionally damaged. I don´t mean that. Lord knows the book world has it´s fill on broken book boyfriends. I mean flaws as in: Being middle class? How about someone not jogging? Meeh * wave off *

As I´ve said before, this book isn´t quite what I was looking for. I put all the blame on myself. It´s my fault. I´m picky.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would. But only because I know a lot of people who would swoon over this type of read. If you happen to be a nitpicker, like myself, then don´t bother.

Would I re – read this book? Probably not.

Will I read book #2 ? I´m afraid I won´t.


The Cover – 5 stars ( Love the cover. Wonderful image and great title )

The Story – 2 – 3 stars ( The book and I? We weren´t meant to be.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( They were okay. )

My emotional state after finishing this read –  I wasn´t tickled.

3 stars





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Book Review: Say You´ll Stay – Corinne Michaels


One word. 

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him. 

That was seventeen years ago. 

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again. 

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .


My Thoughts

`Say You´ll Stay` ( Return To Me #1 ) by Corinne Michaels… A second chance romance that didn´t quite knock me completely out of my socks.

While talking to a blogger friend the other week I was, once again, aware that I was missing out on all the goody authors. We started recommending authors to each other. That´s where Corinne Michaels name fell.

I had no clue who Corinne Michaels was so I fired up Goodreads and checked out some of her books.

I decided to give her Return To Me series a try. Say you´ll stay

`Say You´ll Stay` was a cute read. Cute and sweet and for a romance… light. Did it blow my mind? Well, not in the way I hoped it would.  Nothing moved me. Not even the event that forced the Heroine to return to her hometown… the one place she avoided at all costs.

Second chance romances are my thing. My specialty, if you will. I live for the awkward encounters between had – been couples and I crave the familiar intimacy characters go through until love smacks them hard again. There´s a whole lot of angst and excitement in second chance romances.

Sadly enough, I didn´t feel any angsty moments, nor did I feel the need to get my pompoms out and root for the characters. And if I may say so… The characters didn´t do anything for me.

Life gave the Heroine hell and sent her back to her family´s farm that´s located smack in the middle of nowhere. There, she´s confronted with her past while dealing with 2 children and….

This is where I´m going to stop giving my own view of the story because there are a few things that raised some worthy questions.

The Heroine had two children. Once she went back to her family´s ranch a reader hardly sees those kids. And when they did pop up then only when they were with someone besides their mother. I want a 24 hour babysitter, too.

Then there was the thing with her ´past´. I didn´t buy it. I didn´t understand it ( I did but I didn´t think the reasons for the breakup were real reasons ).

No sparks. No flames. No fireworks ( for me).

`Say You´ll Stay` belongs to a series but can be read as a standalone.

Would I recommend this book? That depends. If you´re looking for a heavily loaded second chance romance with all the gut wrenching feels and pain and ugly cries… then, perhaps this book isn´t for you. If you´re looking for a quick light read for in between then this is a great choice.

Would I re-read this book? No. I wouldn´t. I also don´t think I´ll be giving the rest of the books in the Return To Me series a go.


The Cover – 3 stars ( Not my cup of tea.)

The Story – 2 – 3 stars ( Not bad but not powerful enough for me. I need more when reading second chance romances.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( The Heroine was okay. The Hero? He needed more depth. The Hero´s brother? Now, that guy has a bright future!)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Indifferent.

3 stars

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