Why I read it
I wanted to give a new storyline a try, as this is not my normal type of read.
What I rated it
What it’s about
What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend?
If you’re Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane’s in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.
After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel’s death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.
Shane’s been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too – for sleeping with his wife’s best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate’s ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.
Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate’s only choice is to fight for the future she deserves – with or without Shane. . .
This was a very hard book for me to decide on a rating for. Noting that, I really liked this book. This was a step outside of my normal read, so going in, I knew that this was more than likely going to be something that I would struggle to connect with, but I wanted to try it out! From page one, I was sucked in and really loved the storyline. I stayed up the entire night, reading the book in literally one sitting. And I cried. Boy, did I cry.
This book was able to really pull the emotions out of me. My heart and soul screamed out, not only for Kate and Shane, but for the kids. The death of Rachel was not one that was taken easily. I can’t even imagine the pain each and every person in that family was feeling.
The connection between Shane and Kate is where I struggled a little bit. I loved them both and wanted them together, but I guess I had a hard time at first accepting their relationship. That being said, I was rooting for them from the beginning of the book.
When Shane kept hurting Kate time and time again, I really didn’t think I could ever forgive him and what he does (repeatedly) to Kate. It really hurt to feel Kate’s pain, and Nicole does a great job of conveying the emotions and thoughts of Kate.
Overall, this was a good read, and one that I may pick up again in the future for a re-read. I definitely recommend this book to other readers who really like the rip your heart open types of reads!