Wide Open Spaces by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Series: Shooting Stars #2
Also in this series: Fighting to Breathe, One Last Wish
Published by Self-published on August 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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That moment your life changes.That moment that changes your life.That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.
When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.
Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.
Some things never change and love is one of them.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Aurora Rose Reynolds is pretty much an auto buy author for me, as she’ll always deliver a sexy, sweet fluffy read I’ll enjoy. Wide Open Spaces was not an exception, as I really liked it. I know there’s a lot of misgivings about the plot here, and let me tell you it’s nothing like some people have made it sound.
Shelby and Zach dated while they were both in high school, and even though they knew they were it for each other, circumstances led them to separate. These circumstances are the fact the Shelby gets pregnant, and they decide together, as a couple to give the baby up for adoption. Unfortunately, Shelby can’t deal with the aftermath and leaves town, also leaving Zach behind. None of them knew how to deal with this which led to both of them making not so great choices.
I could go on and explain what leads to what and spoil the complete story, but I won’t. I will say that to me, this book is safe, there’s no cheating, no other woman, no conflicting feelings. Yes, there is hurt, emotional scars, and issues to deal with but nothing that kept me from enjoying the story.
“Every day since you left, I’ve lived with the knowledge that I didn’t fight for us, that I didn’t try to find a way to make you want to stay, that I didn’t go to you and make you come home.”
Now that life has guided Shelby back to her hometown with her ten-year-old boy in tow, Zach, who’s now the town sheriff and her next door neighbor, will stop at nothing to win her back. He was a typical ARR hero, alpha, bossy and moved at the speed of light. I liked how he owned up to his mistakes and wanted to take care of all of the people he considered his own.
Shelby was a nurturer and I could understand her conflicting feelings for Zach. She was fantastic with her own boy and also Zach’s kids. I liked that she acknowledged her pretty much irrational anger towards Zach in the beginning and how she dealt with it.
“I never wanted to even hope to have what I have right now, and probably don’t deserve it, but you’re mine and I’m keeping you.”
There isn’t much action or fabricated angst to the story, just a lovely second chance romance with a couple of brusque situations to keep things interesting (mainly the presence of both the ex’s) but nothing major. I could even go as far as to say their appearances could have been expanded on, enriching the story. This I’ve found curious in her last few books, as I was expecting a little more action in between all the sexy shenanigans.
As is, Wide Open Spaces was a short, quick, sexy and fun read with lots of sweetness and one of the most heartbreaking prologues I’ve read in some time. It’s a great addition to this series and has me desperate to read the next one.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 Stars
Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.
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