Then There Was You, an all-new second chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Claire Contreras is LIVE!

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 . . .


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Claire Contreras is definitely the Queen of Angst; every story that I’ve read by her always leaves me strung out and emotional distraught, and her newest release, Then There Was You, in my opinion, is probably the most angst riddled story yet, and while I don’t usually enjoy feeling like an emotional hot mess, Contreras definitely makes things hurt so good with Rowan and Tessa’s story.

Then There Was You is told from both Rowan and Tessa’s perspective, and it switches back and forth between the past and the present numerous times, and while the backstory insight is essential to understand why Rowan and Tessa are who they are as adults, it took a bit to get used to the varying time sequences as well as ascertain what role all of the secondary characters play in Rowan and Tessa’s relationship/break-up.

It’s difficult to truly know the kind of person/man Rowan Hawthorne is. His family dynamics never allowed him to understand what true love looks or feels like and because of that, his feelings for Tessa never really stood a chance, especially when they start college and no longer have the childhood connection/friendship that pushed them towards something more. For most of the story, I couldn’t get a handle on what Rowan truly wanted from Tessa and why he sent such mixed signals to her while still having someone else in his life who Tessa loathed.

Going into Rowan and Tessa’s story, I was ready for the angst…I was ready for my heart to hurt and for my head to pound, but even with my emotional preparation, Claire Contreras managed to frustrate me as well as lure me in on so many levels due to unanswered questions, hot/cold personalities and a group of secondary characters who I would love to punch in the face or knee in the balls. I was completely out of sorts the entire time that I read Then There Was You because I NEEDED to understand everything about these two characters who seem so perfect for each other but are both so terrified of love and what that could do to them, and with Rowan’s family stipulations when it comes to his parents’ company, I don’t know how Rowan can keep Tessa and run the family business because there are mitigating factors that can only lead to heartbreak and pain.

I’m so glad that book two releases in a few short weeks because I need a resolution to Rowan and Tessa’s story regardless if I like the outcome or not…this not knowing how it ends is driving me crazy and while I know I’m in for more angst in My Way Back to You, at least I know there will be a conclusion by the time I reach the last page of the book!

4.5 Poison Apples

Excerpt from Then There Was You

“There’s no one at my parent’s house except for me.” He raised an eyebrow. “My brother is moving from his apartment to a bigger house, so he’s been going by there to pick up the last of his things, but that’s about it. I’ve barely seen him.”

I frowned. “So why are you staying there?” And where were his parents living? I didn’t want to ask this, of course, but I was dying to know.

“I’m waiting for construction on my apartment building to be complete. It should be move-in ready by October.”


All sorts of questions popped into my head, but I pushed them aside. They’d go unasked because I didn’t want to answer any more of his. Thankfully, he clicked for the iron gates that guarded his house to open and drove in, not pushing for an answer. My eyes stayed glued on those gates as we drove past them. They were like something out of a Richie-Rich movie, those gates, black with a gold emblem in the center. I’d seen them countless times, pushed them open in the middle of the night more times than I could count. I tore my eyes away and looked up at the house. I hadn’t expected to feel such gripping emotion over a damn gate, but I guess some things never stop piercing your heart, no matter how much time passed.

“I’ll be right out.”

I nodded once and leaned against the seat before he jogged inside. I closed my eyes, trying to figure out how my trip had gone from closing a chapter in my life to being stuck in the middle of my epilogue. When Grandma Joan called me with a guilt trip, telling me to come spend a couple of weeks with her, I’d taken her up on the offer for two reasons: I was the only one left who hadn’t packed her room and taken the boxes to the storage unit, and I missed her and this place. I missed the days I used to come here and feel like I was home. I missed the slow pace that came with a life here in Ithaca, nestled inside the city, but surrounded by nature and the water.

Thinking about those days also brought memories of Rowan. Kissing Rowan, holding hands with him, laughing with him in our canoes, but with the positive came the negative. He and I were never meant to be more than friends, and even friends was questionable. Friends didn’t lie or omit important things. My eyes popped open when I heard the front door shut. I watched him take the steps two at a time and stride toward me.

He slid into the driver’s seat, dropped one of the two bottles of water he’d been carrying into my lap, and shot me a wink. I scowled, clutching the water and facing forward. Just because I’d taken him up on the ride didn’t mean we were suddenly going to be chums again. Far from it. I wouldn’t fall for those mischievous eyes. I wouldn’t fall for the panty-dropping grin either. I wouldn’t fall. Not again.

My Way Back to You
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018


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Meet Claire

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.


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