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From New York Times bestselling author L.A. Casey comes an irresistible tale of first love and second chances.

Erin has had a crush on her brother’s best friend Ward for as long as she can remember. But eleven years ago he disappeared from their lives - breaking Erin’s trust, and her heart.

When the person they both love most - Erin’s brother Tommy - is nearly killed in a terrible crash, she and Ward are thrown back together for the first time. Their lives couldn’t be further apart. Erin still lives at home, working two jobs and dealing with a series of family disasters. Ward, now a multibillionaire entrepreneur and a household name, seems determined to make amends - but it may just be too little too late. And while Erin can’t deny feeling a spark at the sight of Ward, is it a spark of love or burning resentment?

At odds with one another but forced to share their heartache, have Erin and Ward really drifted apart forever, or have they finally found the anchor they both so desperately need?

©2018 L.A. Casey (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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NOT A ROMANCE BUT A SAD TRAGEDY

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If you like Romance, this is not it! This is a tragedy, plain and simple.

I didn't dislike the hero for leaving when he was 19 years old to better himself, but for the betrayal to his best friend and the people he called family.

The hero had his reasons for leaving, but he didn’t have to leave the way he did and when he did it. And he had no right whatsoever to take full credit for a project that was not his alone and which got him started on his path to becoming a billionaire. He doesn’t ever mention his best friend as co-creator of the project, he just takes full credit as the sole creator of it. I don't care about the hero's circumstances, this just killed it for me. He tries later to make amends by shoveling money his friend's way after he feels like crap for being a selfish, thieving @ss, and to assuage his conscience.

There are too many things happening at once: deaths, child abuse, child neglect, domestic violence, blackmail, alcoholism, intellectual property theft, and I could go on.

Almost eight hours into the book the hero decides to grow a pair and tell the world that he didn’t create the project by himself, and that his best friend had as much to do with it as he did. I have always disliked people who trample others to get ahead, and those who take advantage and credit for other people's work. Sadly, our hero does just that. For me his redemption comes a little too late.

Also, towards the end, the author decides to kill a character who deserved so much better after all the crap this character has gone through.

One of many examples of why I dislike the hero: He lets a gold digger blackmail him into marrying her instead of letting the truth that he was not the sole creator of the project come out. He would rather marry a snake (to whom he has been engaged for a year) than to do the right thing which is to take responsibility for his theft and lie instead of wanting to keep his squeaky clean image in front of the world.

All of the above are some of the reasons I wouldn't recommend this book, but as it has so many positive feedback, don't let my opinion stop you from listening as you might enjoy this type of story while I do not.

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Entertaining!

I was following the story with avid interest! I was sad, happy, in tears, and in awe. So many bittersweet emotions and a sweet romance!

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Warning - tissues needed

First off I have to say beware of driving and listening to this book because tissues are needed. As difficult as it may be, you are going to want to take this book slow. The author takes her time building the characters that you really feel as if you know Erin, Ward, and Tommy. The story starts with Erin at the age of 11. Sure there is a gap in time but the character development is there, so that you don’t feel as if you have missed that time. There are so many emotions with this story, you really feel for each of them. That was one of the things I really enjoyed about the story was it was a story about Erin, her brother Tommy and his best friend Ward. The author had a few hot and steamy sexy scenes but that was not what this story was about. Life is unpredictable and things may happen that you can’t control.
I so enjoyed listening to the story because the narrators did such a great job in bringing each character to life. I loved the accent of them as well and the way they said various words. They also brought that emotion into the telling of the story, you could hear the laughs and cries. I could listen to them speaking all day.
My only wish was that the author would have extended the last chapter more, like the first chapter was very long, so that a little more was filled in between those last two chapters, but that is just me. The story had a great wrap up after all the emotions through the story.

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Heartbreakingly good!

New author and narrators for me.  Ooh Scottish 😁❤ OH FFS! Have a box of tissues ready for chapter 1 😭😭😭 and keep it handy... 😖 This was not easy to get through because of the constant hardships and secret skeletons. Overall, this was beautifully written and performed.

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loved it

This book was really good.  I really enjoyed this author and look forward to read more books in the future.

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Emotional Goodness!

I knew this one was going to be emotional, but it thoroughly chewed me up and spit me out. I'm complete mush. It's been a while since I've cried so much during a book. It was just what I needed to break up all the dark romances that I've been reading lately.

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Black clouds to sunny sky

Don’t let other reviews keep you from giving this book a chance. There are some terribly cloudy days before the sunny days shine on these characters. It’s definitely worth a listen.

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Heartbreaking

loved this book, heartfelt and heart breaking, but still glimpsing hope and happily ever after. Felt like I was part of the family looking in from the outside.

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Rekindling a broken friendship

This story is about friendship, loss and pain...but also about forgiveness and healing. This author does a good job handling some very difficult topics. Worth the read/listen.

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MUST READ!

On several books I’ve listened to I found myself skipping parts and being uninterested... Not this book thou! I was completely invested throughout the entire book! It’s a sad story but with a silver lining... I’d 100% recommend this book to anyone looking to read a story based off situations that real people face everyday! I literally sobbed at some points and laughed at others... Great story and perfectly Narrated!!

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  • 06-25-21

WOW! So heart felt

There are so many sad moments in this story, it is totally heartbreaking but as the same time it is such a beautiful, emotional and gripping story line that you cant help but want more because it is so utterly captivating and realistic. A must read. I love when audio versions are available on KU, its well worth it.

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  • 03-06-19

brilliant

this was one of the best books I have ever listened too. I have never cried so much. the characters were amazing the storyline grab you from start to finish

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  • 06-13-19

A beautiful audio book

I love L.A. Casey's books, and am so glad I purchased the Audible version of this one. The narration was fabulous and added even more depth to an already heartwarming story. Really special.