I’ve been texting the wife I lost, the woman I loved beyond measure … Now someone else has answered back.
Gunnar Bond is broken.
Three years ago, he lived through the car crash that took his wife and twins away from him—though “lived” barely describes his current state. Giving up professional hockey, going off grid, and drinking himself into oblivion are his coping mechanisms. Another is texting his dead wife about his days without her. Therapeutic? Doubtful. Crazy? Definitely. But those messages into the ether are virtually the only thing stopping him from spiraling to even darker places.
Until someone texts back …
Sadie Yates is losing it.
Suddenly guardian to a little sister she doesn’t know and a misbehaving hound she’d rather not know at all, she’s had to upend her (sort of) glamorous life in LA and move back to Chicago. The nanny has quit, the money’s running out, and her job is on the line. The last thing she needs is her sister’s hockey camp counselor, a judgmental Viking type, telling her she sucks at this parenting lark. Thank the goddess for her sweet, sensitive, and—fingers crossed—sexy text buddy who always knows the right thing to say. In the same city at last, they can finally see if their online chemistry is mirrored in real life. She just needs to set up a meeting …
A ruined man who claims to have used up all his love is surely a bad bet, but Sadie’s never been afraid of a challenge … even one that might shatter her heart into a million pieces.
Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.
** ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. **
My heart cracked and melted a little! Gunnar’s story was just gut-wrenching and straight to the guts. A heartbroken hero who might find a second chance at love without really looking.
How could I not be loved by this man who sent messages to his deceased wife? Writing about his days and how deep he was sinking every day, missing her and his kids. Raw, heartbreaking and honest. Putting the world aside and avoiding people. Living in his own world and having a hard time to move forward.
Until the moment someone responded to his messages, talking about his days and listening to his pain, starting to develop a bond. The virtual world seemed to be right for him and helped him in a way to make his days better, maybe a little crazy and unreal.
But when the virtual met the real world, would they be able to explore their online chemistry?
Sadie was fierce, independent and not asking for help. Definitely not a damsel in distress and Gunnar could be dangerous to her heart if she let her guard down.
It was almost doomed from the start with no happy ending. If my heart didn’t crack a little with these two… the author delivered a poignant journey filled also with so much love and hope.