The Time In Between by Kristen Ashley
Also in this series: The Will, Soaring
Published by Self-published on August 29, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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After a painful loss, Cady Moreland is coming to Magdalene to start the next chapter of her life. A chapter that began eighteen years ago but had a heartbreaking ending. The time in between was full of family and friendship, but Cady could never get the man she fell in love with all those years ago out of her heart.
Coert Yeager has learned to live without the girl who entered his life right when she shouldn’t and exited delivering a crippling blow he never would have suspected. The time in between was full of failing to find what he was missing…and life-altering betrayal.
But when that girl shows up in Magdalene and buys the town’s beloved lighthouse, even if Coert wants to avoid her, he can’t. A fire in town sparks a different kind of flame that won’t be ignored.
As Cady and Coert question the actions of the two young adults they once were thrown into earth-shattering circumstances, can they learn from what came in between and find each other again?
Coert and Cady have a lot of deep, dangerous, and muddy water under their bridge. Their history started out seemingly beautiful but it was based on a lie and when it came crashing down it took everything with it. Further misunderstandings made things even worse. The Time in Between referenced in the title speaks of years apart for the pair where even though the love seemingly never died, guilt, anger, and feelings of betrayal buried the love deep and let anger reign supreme for Coert and left Cady broken.
Cady’s pieces were put back together by the paternal love of Patrick, a good man who protected her the only way he knew how. He gave her the family and support she had never had. He knew that this was just a bandage for her soul and she wasn’t healed completely. Before he left he set in motion a way for her to possibly get back what she lost but it was an iffy chance at best. He also had no idea that his actions would bring danger right to Cady’s doorstep.
Coert was the typical KA alphahole which meant I loved him. Yes, he was a complete jerk to Cady, but with the info he had I can’t say I blamed him. Conversely, Cady had every reason to tell him to go jump in a lake. She was just too much of a people pleaser to go there though. Once they got things straight, I loved the fact that they were both 100% invested in moving on and being the couple they should have been all along. There were no unnecessary angsty breakups here, just the two of them working through the obstacles in front of them as a united front. The chemistry they had was drool worthy and there were some mighty hot sex scenes. There was one that was off the charts sexy, except for the location. Without disclosing too much information, let me say the venue in question was just too much for my germaphobe self to deal with.
At times I struggled with feelings of deja-vu while reading this story. There were definite similarities to not only Walk Through Fire, but also Wild Man. In fact, I kind of felt like this could have been Brock and Tessa’s story had she kicked his ass out instead of letting him come back later and explain himself. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about that.
I loved the suspense aspect of the plot that introduced an element of danger to the story. That is until it wrapped up way earlier than I expected. After that, knowing I had almost half a book to get through I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, yet it never did.
I enjoyed Cady’s family and their banter had me smiling especially when they got with Josie, Amy, and Alyssa. I also didn’t mind reading about the resurrection and refurbishing of the Lighthouse, mainly because Lighthouses are kickass. But… some of it could have been cut, especially in the latter part of the book. The first half of the book was 5 star worthy, but the last half slowed down to a snail’s pace. Well, not really but compared to the first half, that’s what it felt like. I also had some issues with how very grown up Coert’s sweet little daughter was. Some of her dialogue was way beyond her 5 years. What saved the last half was a trip to Denver and a little time spent with some of my favorite characters. Now that had me doing cartwheels and giggling.
I love Kristen Ashley’s books so much, rating them is a conundrum since I tend to be harder on her books as my expectations are so extremely high. The Time in Between is one of those books that falls just short of my KA “fair to middling” category. Yes, the first half was 5 star all the way for me, but the last half didn’t measure up to what I expected. I enjoyed it but wanted more from it, or at least some action. The epilogue helped a bunch, but again, I wanted more from it. None of this means that I did not enjoy the book, because I did. KA has such talent that even what I consider a so-so book of hers is still an awesome book that I know I will be rereading in the future.
Rating: 4 Goodbye Magdalene…well until the next reread Stars
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