Fans of Christina Lauren, Colleen Hoover, and Jill Santopolo will love this breathtaking story about first love, second chances, and starting over from New York Times bestselling author Corinne Michaels.
Teagan Berkeley is trying her best. A single mom raising a precocious teen, she may have given up on her dreams, but she's accepted her life in her small beachside hometown. Now the one person who abandoned her when she needed him the most has returned, bringing back memories of what might have been.
Derek Hartz arrives in town with a teenage daughter-and he's full of guilt over his failed marriage and the way he ended his friendship with Teagan. He's determined to set things right with her, but first he needs to gain her trust, something he's not convinced he deserves.
As Teagan and Derek open up to each other-and confess their deepest secrets-it's impossible for them to deny what's always been between them. But just when their happily ever after is within reach, their complicated history surfaces again and threatens to keep them apart. Forever.
"This poignant story will gratify hopeless romantics." - Publishers Weekly
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This is my first novel by Corinne Michaels but I am HOOKED! This second chance romance in a small town gave me total heart-eye vibes as Teagan and Derek find their way back to one another. There was a perfect combination of mess ups, laughs, and tears.
I'll tell you something real. I absolutely loved this book!!! The characters were wonderful, the storyline was fantastic and the pace of the story was just right. This was an amazing friends to lovers romance read. It's a story that will give you all of the FEELS and if you love angst don't worry, it does not disappoint. Have you ever heard the saying opposites attract? When it comes to Teagan and Derek there's no fighting what destiny has planned for them. Life has taken them on different journeys, but one thing that's real is that their paths will eventually meet up again. This second chance story was everything and one I think all romance readers will love. I definitely did! I already looking forward to my next read from this author and will be recommending this one to all my family and friends. I cant wait to read what story this author comes up with next.
Tragic-second-chance-romance anyone? Wow, these two high school besties royally screwed things up and you may even go into this wondering how they could ever have a HEA. This book actually made me think what it must have been like to be parents, or close friends of these two, and be on the outside looking in. I would have gone crazy wanting to intervene and push them together. Their journey is riddled with heartbreak, but man a journey it is. Corinne Michaels does romance in way that sucks me right end, from beginning to end, and this was no different. I would definitely recommend this one! Thank you so much to Forever Pub for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Teagan and Derek were best friends through high school and college. They were also secretly in love. They were separated for 13 years and brought back together after the untimely death of Derek’s wife. The lovely book takes you through their heartbreaking story, past and present tense with dual POV. This is a story of first love, forgiveness and trust all while raising teenage daughters. This book gave me all the feels! So much emotion was packed into Derek and Teagan’s story. Both characters were genuinely love able. You could feel their pain, regret at time lost and desire for each other through her words. I found myself rooting for their happiness. There were some super relatable topics for me of teenage angst and bullying, single parenting, and family drama. Deciding between professional success and personal happiness - and discovering that you can have both. 💜 A giant Thank You to Forever publishing and Netgalley for the gifted ARC in exchange for my honest review. Full review will be posted on my blog closer to pub date.
All I ask is a GORGEOUS story of second chances and finding love a second time around. Corrine Michaels writes the most beautiful romances and each time I read one I slowly fall in love. I feel like I'm able to not only connect with the characters but feel them deep in my soul. Teagan and Derek became real people to me and I followed their story with a heart full of hope and longing. If you're a romance reader and haven't read a book by the talented Corinne Michaels yet then this would be a wonderful book to start with. I honestly cannot recommend it enough!