By Rachel Van Dyken
Released February 3
This novella by Rachel Van Dyken was a quick read. The story had so much potential to be a 5 star read but the length didn’t provide enough for depth or details. I liked the characters of Harley and Jax but I found the character development could have been better as everything went from 0-100 so quick.
“But the thing with life is this: pain doesn’t last forever. There will always be a gentle breeze to soothe away the sting, and you may just find that you’re a little bit stronger than before, a little braver, and a lot more willing to live life as it should be lived. Fearlessly.”
For the length of the novella I still felt the pain of the characters. All the emotions and feeling were there which is why I still rated it higher than I normally would for a story I felt was lacking. It pleased me to see Harley and Jax getting that second chance even if circumstances beyond their control pulled them apart the first time. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.
I was the golden boy.
I was everything to everyone. Always available. Solid.
I can remember how something felt wrong that day.
And I haven’t been able to get that feeling to go away.
Not when I buried my child.
Not when my fiancé looked at me like I’d been the reason for it all.
Not when I look in the mirror and scream at the top of my lungs.
Football kept me sane.
But I’ve lost everything.
And then I got a phone call.
She was in an accident.
She remembered nothing.
A gentleman wouldn’t fight for her, wouldn’t remind her of the pain.
So, I let her go.
I let her live her happily ever after and I took all the darkness,
all the pain, all the anger.
Only, the universe had a sick sense of humor.
She bumped into me.
She pursued me.
The beautiful woman I used to call mine.
She said she wanted to make me smile.
She didn’t know she’s the reason I stopped.
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