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Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He's going to live in his hometown, be everybody's friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He's well on his way - until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it's no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer's two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he's never gotten out of his head.

Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.

If Hagen's going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he's grown up and isn't going to let go. They could have a new chance at love...but Hagen is insistent he's not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.

©2017 Mary Calmes (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press

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toxic bull****

no means no, not ignore me carry on. The whole relationship is unhealthy, to have an ex waltz in after 17 years disregard your protests, lay hands on you without permission, and then dictate what's going to happen because of, his pain, his needs, and what he wants is unacceptable.

Neither mental health or PTSD work like that!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Vazzy
  • australia
  • 11-19-17

Disappointed

This is the first Mary Calmes book I’ve been disappointed in. It felt like she wrote it because she couldn’t think of anything else to do that day which is disappointing. Her books have usually got a better story line something that keeps you wanting more. This was just a “poor me he broke my heart now He wants you back and he’s dominating so ya have to you got no choice” if I wanted to listen to a story like that I read mills and boon.. or watch a corny rom com.
I hate writing this as I own all of mary books I thought it was the way I was reading it so I bought the audio as I love both but even Greg trembly made Hagen sound like a defenceless chick not an ex marine going through hard times.. the only reason I finished it was because I liked the other characters in the book I looked forward to reading/listening to them which is sad but being in Hagen head was sooooo repetitive fuckkk we get it.
I know Mary writes good HEA but I think a good end would have been for these guys not to have gotten together be good friends yes but for Mitch to realise yep I fucked up I’m sorry and no I don’t deserve you.. Maybe Ashes character not been such a duche or for Hagen to follow him for a few years make a silly decision and then think about Mitch deserving a second. but no we just had the usual boring push till ya get ya own way. I just think it was to easy for Mitch real life is not like that.
Again hated writing this but thought it needed to be done.

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excellent story excellent narrator

love the story , love the characters. they were School sweethearts and after 17 years the love never left, with all the obstacle life through their way they love survives.

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  • Heather
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 10-26-17

Great as always

MC delivers another great story. My only detraction was the length of the discussion between Hag & Ash over Stone - It seem repetitive and took away from the overall story, but not enough to drop a star. MC is an automatic buy for me.

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Sweet

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Normally I LOVE Mary Calmes stories... Especially when they are read by Greg Tremblay. However, I have to say the beginning of this story was very hard for me to follow. The whole bouncing back in time then forward again... I got sort of lost in what was happening then and what was happening now (especially when it came to Ash - although I did figure it out as the story commenced).

I do love a good second chance story and how these two came together. The fact that the past pain wasn't quickly pushed aside was nice. Too often you see characters saying something was just soul crushing, but they quickly get over it... not in this story. I really appreciated it.

I do wish he'd have called Ash out a bit more at the end too. It felt like a big moment, but just sort of swept under the rug.

All in all another good story with a great narration coupled with it.

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  • PJM
  • Kingston, NY United States
  • 12-04-17

Circular Conversations: A Love Story

Meh...A very tedious story. The main character is mostly likable, and has some promise (PTSD, returned from service with a bad leg), unfortunately, he cycles between being a doormat and unlikeable when he's attempting to be assertive. Conversations between him and Ash, then him and Mitch go round and round in circles for way too long, to get something accomplished that we then need to revisit a chapter or two later with the same circular conversation. There is nothing initially redeemable about Mitch (boorish and unrepentant) until later, and by that point, I don't know that I wanted him in the picture; I found myself pulling for Ash more than I think I was supposed to be. It's fine for a mindless read, but seemed like it needs a rewrite, or at the very least, a good editing.

The reader was awesome - great voices, good pace, very listenable.

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excellent

story was excellent and heart warming. narration could have been better, think he said authors last name wrong, but otherwise it was okay.

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  • J.R.
  • Virginia
  • 11-15-17

Another winner !

Mary Calmes and Greg Tremblay are an unbeatable and amazing combination. Winner, Winner, chicken dinner

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