What a great debut from this author. I have to admit, based on the cover and blurb I was expecting this to be a very different book, but I really enjoyed this second chance romance. While the heroine does use social media in her work, there’s no tweeting or texting in the story. It’s a modern love story set in a small town, with characters that are easy to like and a hero who can’t be described as anything other than a great guy.
The story follows Blake, a woman who fled her hometown in Alabama the moment she turned 18. While she found the love of her life as a child, she always knew she’d be leaving town at some point – and when Calvin didn’t follow, she shut him out of her mind. Eleven years later, she has a successful business and what seems to be a great life… until she catches her fiancé cheating. It’s the wakeup call she needs to open her eyes and realize everything might not be as great as she thought. Blake decides to take some time to regroup and head home to Alabama for a while, working on an old friend’s ranch. She’s knows it’s inevitable that she’ll run into Calvin again, but until the two come face to face, she doesn’t realize how much that will effect either of them.
I don’t always love second chance romances because they can be heavy and angsty, with one of them inevitably using sex to bury their feelings. It was so refreshing to discover that’s not the case here; Blake and Calvin act like two people who once loved each other completely, and while there’s some resentment for the way they left things, they both acknowledge that it needed to happen. There’s tension and some feuding, but also a whole lot of love. I will say that I was sometimes confused by Calvin’s intentions, but I think he was also working things out for himself along the way. If there’s one thing I didn’t like about the book it’s the pacing, but that’s a minor complaint. Overall, it’s a solid debut with a writing style that’s easy to read, characters I was rooting for, an interesting plot, and a secondary character I’d love to see find his own happily ever after.
blakespeaks_ Eleven years ago, I watched my hometown—and him—fade in the rearview mirror. It’s been one hundred and thirty-two months since his lips kissed mine. I’ve moved on, gotten over it. Haven’t I? After four thousand and seventeen days, one cheating fiancé, and one backstabbing best friend, Calvin is the last person I should be thinking about.I’ve only been home for twelve hours, and I can’t help but wonder if time wasn’t enough to heal old wounds.#oldflame #freshstart #younglove #timeforachange #mypast #myfuture #hiseyes #cowboytakemeaway #giddyup #countrygirlatheart #lovestory #noregrets #movingon #homesweethome #cowboylover #herides #secondchance #cantgethimoffmymind
cowboycal_ She was my best friend and the love of my life until she chased her dreams all the way out of town, leaving scraps of my heart littered along the highway. I never thought I’d see her again- wasn’t prepared to. How the hell am I supposed to work with her everyday when the sound of her laugh stops me in my tracks?#shemightlooklikeheaven
About the Author:
Tinley Blake is a bona fide daydream believer. She lives somewhere in the USA and can rarely be seen without her notebook and laptop. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. And when she’s not thinking about writing, she’s living the American dream with her husband, four kids, the laziest Husky this side of the Mississippi, and a busy Shephard that officially owes her three pairs of shoes, one lamp cord, and an office chair.
Tinley’s debut novel, (The Way We Loved) released October 8th, 2019. You can follow her on all social media channels( @tinleyblake) for updates or by subscribing to her newsletter at tinleyblake.com
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