Has-been golden boy swim champ.
Second chance at the love of a lifetime, or all-consuming mistake?
Drowning in guilt, Sage Shepard and Brandon Tiggs have spent the last seven years blaming themselves for their post-graduation break-up. Brand numbs the pain by sleepwalking through his monotonous existence. Sage seeks solace in random strangers—names optional.
When Sage returns to the town she left years ago, she unknowingly walks right back into Brand’s life. Mid-divorce, Brand sees Sage’s return as the opportunity of a lifetime. But Sage doesn’t believe in second chances, and still hasn’t forgiven herself for the mistakes she made in the most important relationship of her existence.
Their all-consuming love reignites, and as passion threatens to undo them, it’s all either can do to stay afloat.
Some mistakes refuse to stay in the past.
Sometimes ‘wrong’ is the best kind of right.
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I stayed up entirely too late reading this last night. Every time I'd prepare to stop for the night, something would happen and I'd have to keep going. I love Jessalyn's writing style. It's absolutely beautiful.
Sage is a hot mess, and I have to admit that I loved and hated that about her in turns. That's a good thing. Having endured all she has, I expected nothing less from her. Abuse isn't pretty and the long-term effects can be brutal. Sage is a perfect representation of this sad reality. She's flawed. She makes mistakes. She's realistic.
Brand is hot. He loves Sage and is very open about that fact. But damn, I wanted to shake sense into him and Sage both at various times. He, too, makes more than his fair share of mistakes.
I absolutely adore Jimmy. Kudos to Jessalyn for writing him so well. He's innocent in so many ways, and so wise in others. I just love him.
There were a few areas of the book that I had to fight through, not because they were poorly written, but because they were just painful to read. Artie for one. Leonard for another. Just grr. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, painful parts included, and am looking forward to the next in the series. This was a very solid debut for Ms. Jessalyn.
4.5 of 5 stars.