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A "heartbreaking, heartwarming" (Heidi McLaughlin, New York Times best-selling author) love story that asks the question: What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend? If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps - but when tragedy strikes, everything changes. After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret. Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too - for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it...liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer. Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves - with or without Shane...

©2016 Nicole Jacquely (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Intense, angsty and addictive

his was some addictive story writing. I was immediately drawn into this cluster....of a mess. A man, his wife, an accident, her family, her best friend. Boy, so much and I loved the back, forth, up, down and more than anything, I loved to hate the jerk named Shane.

This book was strong on time passing and slow growth of situations. It was also the best when it came to children and family importance. I loved the angst and whilst I’m not sure Shane was worthy in the end, it was a great listen.

The narration, dual POV was strong throughout.

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  • Laura McMillin
  • 14-06-16

Fantastic narration!!!

This book will definitely put your emotions through the ringer!
There is a lot of angst in this book and maybe I'm a sucker but I truly loved this story! I know there is some controversy in other reviews and it's because of that that I had to read it myself and I'm so glad I did.
Kate is one hell of a strong woman. Some might say she's a doormat but when you deeply love someone despite their flaws, your emotions get the better of you. Her soul mate ended up marrying her best, so Katie pushed her feelings aside and was there for Rachel every step of the way. It was easy because Shane was in the marines and constantly being deployed, however, tragedy strikes and Kate puts her life aside to be there for the kids and Shane. She's an amazing person and loves those kids like they're her own. A year after Rachel's death, Kate is called upon to check on Shane and when she finds him and alcohol is involved; the lines get blurred - big time!!
Their story is a roller coaster of emotions. Shane is a dickhead a lot and I do not agree with the way he treats Kate. My belief is that he was a scared boy afraid of his emotions and the way he felt for Kate when they were younger which made him resort to go with a safer choice. Now years later, he's an angry man and is stilled scared of his emotions but after being with Kate, his walls slowly come down. After he makes a colossal mistake shattering everything, he finally sees the light and will do everything he can to fix it..... but will it be too late?!!

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  • Juvie
  • 10-06-21

Can’t get enough

Everytime I’m in a book slump, this is my go-to re-listen and re-read. How I wish we could get another book with Kate and Shane.

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  • T.F.
  • 05-08-19

Listened to the Audio.....

Audio - 7/20/19

I revisited one my favorite reads via Audio. It did not disappoint! Alastair Haynesbridge and Charlotte North did a fabulous job bringing these characters to life..... although bad on Audible for neglecting to mention Ms North as the second narrator.

1st read - 7/3/16

5+ Stars!!! - I almost did not read this book because of some of the negative reviews written about the H/MC and I am so glad I gave it a try. It did not disappoint!

This was a heartbreaking, full of angst and gut wrenching story. The author did a fantastic job making you feel the emotions the characters were experiencing instead of just reading about it. Have your tissue box ready!

Shane, oh Shane, - He made it so easy to hate him. I ugly cried with the mean things he said and did to Kate. It was downright cruel at times. That hotel episode really hurt!

Kate – A genuinely nice and caring person. Some described her as a doormat because she let Shane verbally abuse her, repeatedly. But I wouldn’t go that far. She was in love with him and also loved those children as her own. She saw the good in Shane and what he did not see or want to see in himself.

Rachel – She took advantage of Kate’s generosity and good nature. She was not honest with Shane about how involved Kate was in raising the children when he was deployed. I also did not feel that Rachel and Shane shared this great love. She was safe for him because they shared the same screwed up childhood.

Towards the end, Kate had enough of Shane’s verbal abuse and made him suffer a little before their well-deserved HEA.

This book is my favorite kind of love story. Full of angst, heartbreak, sexual tension and an ass*ole H/MC who doesn’t know what he has until he almost looses it.

Give it a try!

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  • Michelle1017
  • 26-06-16

Sooo good!

This story was so good and original. Storyline was so different than the usual, but it was a perfect love story with a strong woman! Loved it!

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  • Pink Mamba
  • 24-05-22

Glitch in Chap 7

There is a glitch in Chapter 7 that I could not get past while listening on the app. The only way to finish this book was to log in on the website, go to the library and choose pick up where left off which was a little frustrating. That being said - I thoroughly enjoyed the narrators; the story was ok.

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  • Cebell
  • 06-08-21

I have the Kindle version

I just wanted to hear the audio and I was glad I did. everything was done well.

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  • FrannieMae
  • 04-12-20

AMAZING

I have read countless novels, standalones etc this book was absolutely amazing from start to finish. I literally could not put it down I finished it in 2 days. the narration was amazing the female character was so captivating and played her character so well I've read hundreds of books this is the second book that I've left a review on because it was just that good. This has got to be some of the best writing that I've read the story was amazing.

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  • Lori E.
  • 10-10-19

Heartbreakingly good love story

Narration by Charlotte North and Alastair Haynesbridge was really good.

Kate has been in love with Shane since she was a girl. Kate is loving, giving and understanding. Shane meets and eventually marries Kate’s best friend, and Kate basically puts her love life on hold. When her best friend dies, Kate puts the rest of her life on hold to take care of the children.

Shane grew up in the foster system. His friendship with Kate ended when she got too close and he hooked up with Kate’s best friend. He is in the military and is off gone on long deployments. After his wife’s death he is forced to interact with Kate, something he avoided during his entire marriage.

The relationship grows between Shane and Kate. The motivations behind each person’s actions becomes more clear as events in their pasts are revealed. The story is a love story with a HEA. However, I loved how the story showed how healing and redeeming love can be as well as the power of forgiveness. Highly recommended!

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  • Nikki Lauria
  • 22-07-19

A heightened experience of one of my favorites

I love love love this book and the audio just heightened the experience for me.

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  • Kelly B.
  • 17-10-18

Amazing book!!

First, this book gave me all the feels. I cried throughout several parts of the book, which attribute to fantastic writing. Second, I love alpha males and this one is no exception, however he will piss you off the majority of the book. So go into this book expecting mixed emotions about him, he not the most lovable. Third, I really liked the storyline, the author did a fantastic job walking a fine line. Emotions are not black and white and she really showed that. Finally, the narration of this book by these two narrators BLEW my mind. Completely elevated the book to another level. Highly, highly recommend!!! Worth a credit!!