Title: Second Down
Series: Moving the Chains Book 2
Author: Kata Čuić
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Others, if we’re lucky, are forgotten forever.
Then there are those that are etched into our hearts, branded on our souls, and carried within us until the day we die.
She doesn’t remember the best and worst day of her life.
Eva Papageorgiou has no memory of the brutal attack she suffered at the hands of her would-be rapist—the last few days of her life wiped away completely. But the scars she bares hint at the trauma she endured.
She feels powerless and alone, no longer able to trust her own mind. The only certainty in her life is that everything is different. Until a friend reveals a secret, filling the holes of her memory.
Now Eva is determined to reclaim her life and her control over it.The day he dreamed of was the one that cost him everything.
Rob Falls is stuck in a perpetual nightmare, unable to move past the horrific event that changed his and Eva’s lives forever. While friends and family urge him to overcome the tragedy, he withdraws, consumed with guilt and regret no one else—not even Eva—understands.
He may never earn the redemption he longs for, but he vows to help her feel safe once again.
Now Rob will do whatever he can to protect the girl he loves from anyone who might hurt her—even himself.Eva longs to remember.
Rob wishes he could forget.
Even after everything that has come between them, they’re still drawn together.
But can two damaged souls build a future even as the secrets of the past carve new scars?
First and Goal
Book 2 in the Moving the Chains Series
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Kata lives in the greater Pittsburgh, PA region with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing or rewriting or editing or staring at the infuriating blinking cursor on her screen, she’s reading. This tends to be a point of contention with the aforementioned family since Kata can’t put a book down once she reads the first line. It’s all or nothing in a matter of hours. Binge reading tends to be detrimental to domestic goddess/supermom duties. Caffeine, wine, and natural insomnia are constant bolsters in the pursuit of getting everything done.
She has a degree in Linguistics and is, in fact, fluent in several American English dialects including Pittsburghese and sarcasm. She’s eternally grateful to be a part of the last generation to go through college without social media documenting the entire ordeal.
She loves long walks on the beach, romantic candlelight dinners, and holding hands. Just kidding. Her true loves are football, steak and Buffalo wings, the occasional blizzard, bonfires with friends and family, and learning new things.
If you’d like to suggest items for her bucket list, you can reach her here. (Disclaimer: she suffers from acrophobia.)
**** This book can’t be read as a standalone ***
Second Down was to me, a freaking emotional roller coaster. I went ballistic with that one. That’s the word. BALLISTIC.
For her second book and also the second of the series, the author knew how to shoot this emotional release that slayed me. Once again, I was surprised, went through a lot of emotions. Sometimes, I was totally lost, hardly managing how to deal with it.
Rob and Evie are an item. I was rooting for these two lovebirds from the first book. They made me laugh, smile, swoon but also breaking my heart. How can two people can endure so much? My answer? I don’t freaking know. Kata Cuic was good to play with my heart and driving me insane. EVIL even.
Be prepared to be crushed and bruised, because the story you’re gonna read is not an easy one.
After a tragic and traumatic event, Rob and Evie are more estranged than ever. So close but so far at the same time. Two people trying to survive, just acting instead of living. I lived their pain and sorrow. The author wrote that story with such bluntness, toughness and managing the reader to switch from one emotion to another.
Did I want to cry and stay in my bed? Definitely. Reading this was some kind of torture but I couldn’t put it down, drawn by all these emotions. I was waiting for the next move, to see how far these two were going to go down and to heal finally. But could you really heal after such a tragedy? When one remembered and the other didn’t? How to express your feelings when no one understand you?? I was on the edge all along the story.
In all this mess of emotions, there was some ray of lights, throughly placed, giving some lightness into the story, giving me hope, rooting again for them, because I was kind of slightly sinking with them … and it was so disturbing.
I don’t know how write this review without talking about my feelings. For the ones who loved and read the first book, it was definitely worth it!
This book gave a great part to spotlight some amazing second characters, and I can’t wait to read their stories as well.
There was just something I wasn’t expecting : the end. I wasn’t disappointed but just surprised. It left me hanging on for more.Was it on purpose? After reading two books from Kata Cuic, I really thing it was. I need the third book, like … yesterday …
The series : Moving The Chains
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Book 1 : First and Goal