WHY I READ IT
The blurb caught me. I love second chance romances.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Sometimes the simplest choice has the power to change your life.
Ten years ago, I turned a hard decision into a simple one. I allowed others to decide my future . . . then I lost the best thing that ever happened to me. I let go of the girl I loved in exchange for a life I was told I wanted.
Then one day I woke up with no recollection of my reality and instead I believed my life had turned out how I had once dared to imagine. Now everyone is waiting for me to remember the day I ruined my future as I struggle to recall a life without the person I so carelessly tossed away.
Somehow, I was gifted a second chance with the woman I love, and I’m going to fight like hell to keep her.
Your brain has a funny way of convincing you what is real and what is not; even if your heart never lets you forget the truth. After Chase Adams broke my heart, my life moved forward, even though the light I once felt had extinguished. Then I received an unexpected phone call that changed everything.
Every day we make choices, but most of the time they don’t affect the rest of our lives. I wanted to love again. I wanted to trust the gift I was given, but every choice has consequences. Now I have to decide to let go of the past for the sake of my future. . . or risk living with regret.
My book life has become so busy that I tend to only write reviews for books I signed up to, but before I was halfway through with Living with Regret, not only did I know I was reviewing it, but it was going to find itself among my favorite books this year.
I love second chance stories, they are among my absolute favorites, but I am not a fan of flipping back and forth between the present and the past, so I avoid them unless I know for sure it get a heavy dose of the present. Thankfully, Miller only gives us small glimpses into the couple Chase and Jordan were before it all imploded, but those little moments were enough to tell us the monumental love they shared ten years before the story even starts.
“She’s standing right inside my door. Her dark hair is down around her face. Her beautiful blue eyes are taking me in while she nervously bites her lip. The first thought that travels through my head is how peaceful I suddenly feel by just setting my eyes on her.”
Chase and Jordan’s reunion was an unconventional one, and I worried that it would be too cheesy, or unbelievable to work, but it did. Jordan might have known the truth about the state of their relationship, but through Miller’s words, you felt Chase’s complete and total devotion to the girl he believes to be his wife. He can tell something is off, and he is willing to fight like hell to get them back to where they belong. Jordan is breaking her heart all over again by pretending to be someone she isn’t to Chase. Where she is right now, is where she always planned to be, and she finds it easy to slip into the role of Chase’s wife. Chase fights so damn hard for Jordan, trying to right a wrong he made all those years ago. It’s not easy, for either of them, and unfortunately, true life gets in the way, and their happy reunion doesn’t last as long as either of them would like.
Even Chase and Jordan can see how much they need each other, they just can’t seem to get it together. There is too much pain and outside involvement to get them past it. Jordan is a strong, confident woman when she isn’t with Chase. He manages to collapse her walls, and let’s be honest, that’s reality. We all go gooey for the ones we love, and sometimes, we struggle to make a solid decision. He makes her feel things that she equates to being hurt, and she doesn’t know if she can go down that road again. If she was ready to jump back into a relationship with him, that would have bothered me. Chase, on the other hand, knows Jordan is the only girl for him, if he can get past the idea of always trying to do what’s in her best interest.
Riann Miller is a brand new author to me, but I loved this book, ensuring that it will not be the last of hers that I read. Her writing was solid and she beautifully captured two separate voices in this dual POV story. This was a one sitting read for me, and I can’t wait to discover more from Miller.