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My Way Back to You by Claire Contreras
Book 2, Second Chances Duet
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018
Love isn’t always about timing.
Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it.
I admit I wasn’t ready.
I know you don’t want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain.
Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away.
Let me show you what our years apart have done to me.
Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .
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After the ending of Then There Was You, I was more than ready to get back to Rowan and Tessa’s story; I needed to understand why Rowan made the decisions he did and what it cost him to do so. I also couldn’t wait to find out what Tessa planned to do with her unexpected situation and what that meant for her future and her love for Rowan – a love that was never outwardly reciprocated in words let alone actions, especially when Rowan’s final choice put him in the arms of another woman.
I have to say that I wasn’t ready for the time jumps that take place in My Way Back to You; it caught me completely off-guard and, at first, I didn’t like or understand this fast forwarding of events, but then when I stopped to think about, I recognized that it really didn’t matter how Rowan and Tessa spent those years because the one thing readers were supposed to understand is that they didn’t spend them together…for Tessa, that time was spent building her career and becoming the independent woman she’s always been in the fashion world, reaping the benefits of her hard work and dedication. That time for Tessa was also spent trying to stop loving a man who basically cut her out of his life even after she told him that she loved him and wanted everything with him. The cyclical nature of those years meant that Tessa was successful professionally and her life was full with her responsibilities to her job, herself, and her family, but there was no one to share it with, romantically, at least, and while she tried to get over her feelings for Rowan, he still held her fragile heart in his hands.
For Rowan, those four years were spent building an empire and obtaining the goals that he gave up Tessa for in order to achieve. But his life was lacking and those years were ones of sorrow, loneliness, and contemplation, and at the center of every thought was Tessa, the woman he bleeds for but also the one that he turned his back on and gave no indication to that he would find is way back to her. It’s clear that Rowan’s years away from Tessa changed him and allowed him to truly see what/who was worth his time and dedication, and when it came down to it, Rowan knew that it was and would always be Tessa…he just now needed to prove that idea to her.
The soul-wrenching and heart-breaking antics from book one just about did me in, and while, subconsciously, I didn’t want my heart to be torn apart again in book two, I was surprised that the second part of Rowan and Tessa’s story didn’t have at least some of angsty undertone that the first half of their story did. Now, I don’t want to say that Claire Contreras made a second chance at love easy for Rowan and Tessa to achieve because they’ve both been through hell and back in a multitude of ways; it’s just that with Tessa’s secret and the amount of deception that occurred, the fact that both Tessa and Rowan can look at the big picture and move past things so easily didn’t quite mesh with my perception of what the fallout would/could be based on what happened four years ago.
But the more time I thought about Tessa and Rowan’s situation and the reasons behind their respective decisions as well as the fact that, for Rowan, it’s never been about not being in love but more the path that had to be taken in order to achieve and grow and then be able to reclaim his girl, it made sense that the fractures and bleeding would be stalled and the reparation of Rowan and Tessa’s connection would be underway, regardless of the few negative factors that were still affecting their lives and their relationship.
Going into the second half of Tessa and Rowan’s story, I thought I knew how things would play out and that they would have to fight, tooth and nail, to be together, so when things didn’t end up that way, I can’t say that I was let down, but I did need to readjust my entire view of how difficult a second shot at love for them would be, not saying that Rowan and Tessa didn’t have to adjust and forgive, but it was more a matter of when not if they would find their way back to one another.
I really enjoyed Tessa and Rowan’s Second Chances Duet; my heart bled for the outcome that occurred in the first part of their story and then, as Rowan made the necessary changes to finally go after the woman who has always been his future, it was mended and healed way sooner than I anticipated, which is definitely not a bad thing, it’s just something I didn’t anticipate which took me a bit to understand why Contreras’ hero and heroine led her this way and what it would mean for readers and for the couple all readers were cheering for from the very beginning.
I’m a huge fan of Claire Contreras; she has a way of pushing readers and characters to their limits and then finding a way to bring everything full circle in the most dramatic and pleasurable ways, and even though my expectations for the end of Tessa and Rowan’s story were completely off-base, I thoroughly enjoyed watching everything play out between these two amazing characters who deserve to be happy with the ones they love every day of their lives.
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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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