Taylor Delaney is the love of my life.
She’s also the one I’ve hurt the most.
Two years ago, I made a disastrous mistake.
One I’m not sure I can make amends from.
But I have to try, because I’m nothing without her.
Brad Ashby’s here, in my hometown, asking for a second chance.
All those unresolved feelings for him have resurfaced.
Not that they ever went away.
I know I should run him out of the town, but I can’t.
He needs to know that I wasn’t the only one who was deceived.
Even if we gave our relationship another try, how can we rebuild what’s been destroyed? If we weren’t strong enough then, what makes us strong enough now?
Cristina’s Rating: 4 of 5 Hearts
The first few words of this book started off with a kicker and it was not one to be taken lightly. I expected the words stated to me so early on to be a typical “please take me back” sort of story but it presented to be much more than that.
We meet Brad Ashby (who is Piper’s twin brother) in Love Surfaced and the take of him in that book ended up on a sour note. An arrogant, swimmer with dreams to go to the Olympics fell apart thanks to choices he had made in reaching his goals. He did wrong in ways that would cause regrets in his life not just with his ambitions but his relationship with people he was close to; with his love being on the top of that list.
Cue in Taylor Delaney. She met Brad at a fraternity party one night and she was a game changer
for him. They were opposites in personality and lifestyle. Her family has a bad reputation in the town of Roosevelt that they lived in but staying away from said town was not something she could do. Even after everything had gone down between her and Brad, her desire to move somewhere fresh was no longer an option and she was determined to prove independence and worthiness to herself and had made changes in her life.
“I’m scared,” I admit.
“Me too, but I think we are scared of different things. You’re scared to trust me, and I’m terrified you won’t.”
When Brad and Taylor paths crosses paths once again the connection between them was visible to anyone who knew them; however, it is their ugly past that kept stepping in and affecting their something more. Whether it was someone who knew Brad’s story and/or knew of the Taylor’s family history they could not catch a break with their thoughts (which were already causing some hesitation) without someone gossiping.
“I know, and I’m sure that’s the same for Brad too, but more comes from love than hate, darling. And you love him.”
This book had me feeling for both parties and torn on how I wanted the story to go (well, actually I wanted the HEA) but not sure how I would move pass everything that has happened. The read begins with your heart shred into pieces where things gets constantly revealed and emotions are always running deep. So when putting the fragments back together it was not an easy feat for any of them. Their story will open your eyes into seeing the bigger picture in all angles from the past, present, and future. With any “Love Rekindled” it is the journey in falling for that person again and seeing them in another light that will give you the feels. This holds true when it came to Brad and Taylor’s story.
USA Today Bestselling author, Michelle Lynn moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally say down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.