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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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  • 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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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!

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The heart knows what the heart needs

Hagen Wylie and Mitch Thayer were high school sweethearts, surely voted most likely to succeed. But then Mitch went off to college and let the world dictate how he should live his life. Hagen wasn't just broken hearted, he was destroyed. Years later he finally has his life where he wants it to be, mostly. He's met a man that adores him and Hagen really, really likes him a lot. The problem is, he's not Mitch, he will never be Mitch, no one else will ever compare to Mitch. Then, speak of the devil and he turns up, Mitch is back in town and has his sights set on the man he could never forget. Can Hagen forgive the past? Can Mitch convince him he's worth the risk?

Let me tell you what I adored about this story, the constant inner monologue of one Hagen Wylie. A good portion of the story is Hagen. From his thoughts, to his beliefs, to reliving the past and trying to move past the pain. He's smart, intellectual and stubborn, everyone's friend and he belongs with Mitch. It does take a lot of soul searching to decide that though. And I really couldn't blame him with what Mitch put him through. But you only get one soul mate in each life, if that persons slips away and fate offers you another chance, don't slap her hand away.

Narrated by Greg Tremblay, need I say more? His voice drips from each word like honey. Engaging, intriguing and down right sexy. He truly brings the characters to life and, I have to say, he's the only narrator that puts everything he has into each and every word. Not just subtle nuances and tones, he puts depth and feeling into the Author's words and it's simply eargasmic.

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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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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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A+ rating...

My Review:
Overall: 4.75
Performance: 5.0
Story: 4.5

This book was absolutely magic on audiobook. I planned to listen to one hour of it, but could not walk away and listened to the entire book in one single sitting. Greg Tremblay worked magic with this story...seriously, so much emotion came through his narration. God, I loved it!!

So, this story...it's told entirely from Hagen's point of view. And Hagen's point of view is heartbreaking. He's been through so much in his life and so much heartbreak. His pain is visceral in the narration. It feels like he's on the verge of too much pain at any point...so much angst. Gah, it was so, so good!!

See, 18 years ago, Hagen had his heart absolutely crushed by Mitch. Mitch made promises and then broke them all. Hagen then enlisted in the military...another thing that eventually crushed him when he was hurt, captured, and tortured. As a result of those two things, Hagen doesn't trust...anyone.

Not Ash, the famous actor he's dating. Not Mitch, who's come back to their hometown to win Hagen back. Hagen will never be that vulnerable ever again.

There were so many things to love about this book...Mitch's kids, Hagen's treehouse and how his mother brought him back to life when she was dying, Hagen's self-deprecating sense of humor, and the romance and love between Mitch and Hagen.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was wonderful and EVERYTHING I hope for in a romance novel/audiobook. I adored it!

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Good story good characters but overly repetitive

I really like the world that Mary Calmes created. It’s a nice community. However, an editor should have taken a firmer pruning of the overly repetitive sections. The other thing that detracted from the story was the fact that every single conversation had people cutting each other off. It became distracting. Still, i wouldn’t mind getting to know these characters more in another book.

Greg Trembley did a fantastic job, as usual. I hope to hear more from him.

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Not one of my favorite Mary Calmes books

All Hagen did throughout the book was argue with his lovers. When Mitch came into the picture I wasn't fond of him at ALL, he was overly confident and arrogant and didn't come close to grueling enough for me to have Hagen's forgiveness. 🤨 This story had much potential but it fell short for me, I would liked to hear more of Hagen's struggle with PTS and his story when he was captured. Not one of my favorite reads by Mary Calmes.

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Fantastic!

This is such a great love story! It's sweet and engaging and Greg Tremblay is wonderful. Don't think this one isn't steamy, though...it's just that the trail that finds it's way to your erogenous zones passes straight through the heart.

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Enjoyed the story

I enjoyed this story though the narrator didn't quite have enough difference in his voice for all the characters. I think the story was written well and the 2nd chance trope was executed with style.

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  • aaron wood
  • 02-26-18

best story ever

life stopped couldn't stop, unfortunately when my love went to war he didn't come back