After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she'd finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn't love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he's to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life - the sexy, smart woman he adores - breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love, even if he knows he doesn't deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah - now strong and independent without him - to risk her wounded heart one more time?
©2016 Nalini Singh (P)2016 Tantor
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"IMO, GOOD.. BUT IT WAS THE WEAKEST IN THE SERIES"
As Abe and Sarah's marriage crumbles through drugs, grief, broken promises and harsh words Sarah thought it would totally break her.. and it nearly did. But, after the heartache of a love lost, hurtful words and shattered dreams dwindled to manageable pain, Sarah blossomed into a successful businesswoman and took over her own life.. and the direction it took. Abe however was hurting.. still hurting over the death of his little sister and heartbroken over the loss of the woman he deeply loved - so what did he do? Well, like any good Rocker.. he partied - partied hard - partied until his Band mates checked him into rehab. When he wasn't high or drunk anymore, and could think clearly, he knew one thing.. he wanted his wife back - and he'd move heaven and earth to get her to love him again.
And so starts this romantic second chance love story because Abe is given the unexpected chance to show Sarah how much he's changed, how much he regrets his past behaviour, how much he's willing to do anything for her.. and how much he loves her. But Sarah is very cautious about lowering her shields and letting Abe in to maybe shatter her world all over again. So it's up to Abe to show Sarah rather than tell her that the old Abe is gone.. replaced by a caring, loving, dependable.. and sober Abe.
While this was an enjoyable dual POV love story, I did feel the loss of certain scenes that would have made this listen more punchy, deeper and dramatic. However, after their rocky start, Abe and Sarah sailed nicely into their HEA's with no dramas or angsty situation - except the background worry that things would go smoothly for all. There were sex scenes but they weren't over described, overdone or prolonged, all the other well loved band mates (and their significant others) were present.. and sometimes the spotlight was turned their way - and there were a few other secondary characters too. I love Justine O. Keef's narration - her male voices are great and so too were the secondary characters whose voices were all different.
Worth a credit? Nalini Singh has wrapped up this series well, tied a shiny ribbon around it.. and even given us a big fat bow on top.. so hell yeah it's creditworthy.
Too much drama can ruin a story. On the other hand, no conflict, what so ever, will lull you to sleep. This is my least favorite book in the series, although I am glad that Sarah and Abe got their HEA. I just wish SOMETHING would have happened, in the story. Oh well! Wait for a sale!
- V from Kansas
"Lovely finish to the series"
Abe & Sarah's story is the final in the series and wraps it up nicely. Not as "exciting" as the others, but fits the characters and completes the story arc started earlier. Well done and satisfying.
I've enjoyed all 5 of the series and I would recommend to romance lovers. I wish you could do the psy/changeling books
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