When my husband Oliver died, my life ended. My purpose, my passion, my everything bled out with him on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway. Ollie was an organ donor. His eyes, his brain, his lungs, his heart...parts of my Ollie went out and saved lives. Then his heart, beating in another man's chest, found its way back to me, and I found myself faced with an impossible choice: hold on to the pain and beauty of the past and the memory of the man I loved, or reach for a bold new future, knowing each heartbeat will be a reminder of all I've lost.
I wasn't supposed to live past 30. My grandfather died at 45. Heart failure. My father died at 38 Heart failure. The doctors told me my whole life that I wouldn't see my 31st birthday. My heart was going to give out. It was just a matter of time: a rare blood type and an unusually large heart meant essentially zero chance of a transplant. I proved them all wrong...by dying on my 31st birthday. And then I woke up, alive, with another man's heart inside my chest, and his widow on my conscience. I spent my whole life preparing for death, and now I have to learn how to live. Only, as I soon discovered, living is the easy part. Loving, and allowing myself to be loved...well, that's a whole lot harder.
©2016 Jasinda Wilder (P)2017 Jasinda Wilder
I am obsessed with audio books! My favorite genre is erotica and romance -- there's just not enough hours in the day to enjoy ...
This is a wonderful story of how two people on completely different life journeys cross paths to have a significant impact on each other. Nial loved and lost so she filled her life with work and anything else that would mask the pain of her loss. Lach never loved for fear of dying young and leaving others to grieve his death. Nial gives of herself selflessly to help others and Lach seeks selfish pleasures before his imminent demise. Lach seeks and finds Nial only to discover that there is a connection between them that neither can deny. They eventually find that they must each follow their own paths to find a way to a future together. I'm glad there are many people who work to make the lives of others better but at what point does your happiness take precedence.
Summer and Tyler are an awesome duo and I love how they brought this book to life. Summer made Nial's pain and angst a real thing for me.
Jasinda Wilder is one of my favorite authors and this books shows why that is. This book is absolutely worth the credit.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
A very emotional and thought provoking book that tells a poignant story of loss, sacrifice, grief, love and second chances. Niall was a selfless nurse who followed a Doctor overseas to work for Doctors Without Borders.. fell in love and they worked tirelessly together for six intense years. But, after tragedy struck, Niall was left to go on without him.. which changed her life completely and Niall wasn't 'living' anymore.. just surviving - until she met a handsome stranger.
Lachlan was a rich Playboy sailing the seas from adrenaline filled adventure to adventure.. but he had a congenital heart defect with a life expectancy of only 30 years so he lived life to the max.. until his heart finally gave out. But instead of passing over to the afterlife after his death Lachlan came around.. saved by the gift of a donor's healthy heart. But Lachlan only knew how to party and now he had to figure out what to do with the rest of his life.. and the first thing he thought of was find out whose heart he had. Which sent him on a long road trip where, at the end of it, Lachlan would find love - but not peace.. that would come much much later.
This is such a touching heartbreaking story but it's also a story of compassion, passion, courage and the selfless, tireless, dangerous work that Disaster Relief Workers face both overseas and at home. Once the h/h met, there was instant chemistry, sex and tender heartfelt scenes.. but their relationship wasn't smooth running and they would have to wait and work hard for their HEA ending. Pulse-pounding drama too when they were in the wrong place when a tornado hit. Dual POV and both narrators did a great job.
Worth a credit? It's heavy, humbling, heartbreaking and heartwarming too so beware as this isn't an easy-going light listen that will let you mentally escape to la la land for a while.. but it is a well-written intense journey.. and YES, for me, it's creditworthy.
I'm a SAHM who just discovered the love of audiobooks. I love reading and always have my kindle with me at all times.
First off, I really enjoyed the narrators. I thought they brought forth the characters personalities really well. Really tapped into their emotions, the anger, the love, even the sadness. They did a great job!
The story itself, I debated on a 3.5 or 4 star but ended up going with 4 stars because the concept of the story was great. Very well written even. Loch and Niall Had instant chemistry right away and while I am not opposed to that at all, I would like to have a little bit more development with them than just the instant attraction, especially since Niall had just lost the love of her life only 6 months before meeting Loch. Ollie was her everything, and she gave into lust pretty quickly after meeting Loch. Although she did keep thinking of Ollie when she was with Loch, which is quite understandable.
Their attraction exploded into some pretty hot and steamy parts!
Loch being given a second chance at life had also given Niall a second chance at life, at love again. She has no one else since her husband died. Her family doesn't have anything to do with her, basically disowned her. And Loch had lived his life as if he were going to die, and he was. He never fell in love, never let anyone close, doing whatever he wanted, sailing around the world since he was a trust fund baby. Out living life to the fullest, so when his feelings for Niall changed and became too much, he didn't know how to react. He ran, which is what he seems good at. Until a disaster hit and him and Niall are out helping people. It hit hard for Niall since that is what she used to do with her deceased husband, Ollie. And it hit Loch because he realized his life up to that point had been selfish, and he didn't think he deserved Niall and the second change he had been given.
The story is a sad one, I couldn't imagine being in Nialls shoes. But it wasn't the heartbreaking tale I was expecting. It was still a good story though. Although, I really wish we had gotten more at the end. After being separated for almost 2 years, when they meet again, it seemed to be an instant 'I love you and I wanna be with you'. The end. Seemed a little rushed and I really, really, would have loved an epilogue to show how they overcame some of the issues between them and moved on to get their happily ever after.
What a beautiful story! Summer and Tyler are a great duo and really brought the story to life. Yours, is dramatic, emotional and riveting all at the same time! I was instantly hooked and loved getting to know the characters. Lock and Niall melted my heart! I truly felt their pain and was moved to tears over and over again! Yours is one of the best stories of second chances I've ever read!! Bravo Jasinda Wilder you have done it again!
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