From NYT bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan, comes a brand-new series where second chances don't come often, and overcoming an unexpected loss means breaking everything you knew.
I fell for Cameron Connolly at the wrong time. And when he left, I thought my life was over. But then, after the worst happened, I truly understood what that phrase meant. Now, he's not ready for a second chance, and I'm not offering one. Though given that our families have been forced together after losing one of our own, I know there's no turning back. Not this time. Not again. Not when it comes to Cameron.
I never wanted to hurt Violet Knight, but there were reasons I had to leave all those years ago—not that she'd believe me if I told her what they were. I not only left her, I also left my foster brothers. Honestly, I didn't want to come back to Denver to help run my father's failing brewery. But when it comes to my brothers, I know I'll find a way to make it work. Perhaps I'll even earn Violet's forgiveness and face the connection we both thought long forgotten in the process. Because I wanted her then, but now I know I need her. I just hope she needs me.
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I really enjoyed reading this story. It has a different tone than the rest of Carrie Ann Ryan's stories. It is more somber and so in that way on the darker side of things. Violet has lost one of her best friends to suicide and she doesn't understand why. She is dealing with the grief and loss of it along with all the questions of why and how did I not see it. All of the friends are suffering and it brings them back in close contact with the Connolly brothers who are also hurting and dealing with hard things. This book focuses on that and how even in the midst of everything, love still finds a way. It might not be easy and it might be hard to see at times, but it's there. I enjoyed the story and the way it was written but it is not a light-hearted story. The characters are struggling and there isn't really an easy way out. This story was real and absolutely something that I think people can relate to. It was really well done and I'm excited to get the others stories and figure out what's going on with them and see them come out the other side.This book held my attention from beginning to end. Once I started, I wanted to find out more about the characters and then were rooting for them to find their happy ending.
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Wow. Just wow.
Wow, just wow. This is a great second chance love story. Real emotions. Real fears. Real life. I had chills during parts of this story. And I was left asking myself why? As this series progresses it will be interesting to see if that question is ever answered. The interconnections were incredible. The history of these characters together as well as the tie in to the Montgomery's of Colorado Springs.
As always, kudos to the narrators for bringing this story to life and making me fall in love with the characters, even though I really wanted to hate some of them.
Breaking without you
I loved the audio for this book, most Carrie Ann Ryan book only have one narrator, but I loved the dual narration for this book. I think this was the perfect book to have both voices. Both Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell are on the top of my favorites list, and as always their audio performance was flawless.
I both loved and hated this book. I loved it because it is so real. Having had people in my life suffer depression, having lived through the turmoil after, having asked the same questions of what could I have done. Reading a book bring these real issues to light in a realistic way soothes an ache in my heart. I hated it because it brings back those memories, but even that I have to love because sometimes we go too long trying to push away the pain instead of remembering the good things that made those people so loved.
Violet Knight is desperately trying to come to some understanding of what happened to her friend Allison. She feels like there must be something she missed, or was to busy to notice the cry for help. Now as she attends her friends funeral and wake it becomes a reality that she and her two other best friends must learn their new dynamic as a group of three instead of four.
Cameron Connelly took off seven years ago and left his brothers, foster parents, and girlfriend behind. He was left raising his younger brother and running a bar in California until his foster fathers death called him home. Now he and his brothers must learn to trust each other again if they want the bar to survive.