Then There Was You, an all-new second chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Claire Contreras is LIVE!
Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.
Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.
Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.
Then there was you . . .
Sandy’s 4.25 Blush Review
Fasten your seat belts Babes! It’s going to be a bumpy ride. I have missed Claire’s writing so it was great to dive into her newest creation. Immediately after finishing Then There Was You I felt completely bereft. More! I want more. I need more. My feelings were all over the place so I sat on them for a few days. I went back and re-read some parts. I lived in Rowan and Tessa’s world for a bit before putting my thoughts on paper.
It never fails that while reading a Claire Contreras book – I want to fling my Kindle against the wall. This was no exception!
Tessa and Rowan have grown up together. As teenagers their feelings changed from friendship to romance. Unfortunately, things don’t end well and their relationship is irreparably fractured. Each one has certain ideas about relationships that color their behavior.
Tessa has come back to tie up loose ends before starting her dream internship. On the cusp of leaving small town life behind. Rowan is the heir apparent to his family’s business empire. That crown comes with a hefty price for Rowan. Rowan has to choose whether to follow his heart or go with his head. These two are unable to stay away from each other.
“What the hell? I was talking to you.
I was done listening.
Tough luck. You can’t just walk away when you have a problem with reality.
Look whose talking. The King of running away from things he’s afraid of!
I’m not afraid of anything.
You’re afraid of everything!”
Of course, there is a rival – Camryn. She’s willing to do anything to wear the crown. Not gonna lie – not since Leah (Dirty Red) have a I wanted to punch a character in the face this bad. The part of the story told in flashbacks make sense so that you understand why Tessa is so angry at Rowan. These two cannot stay away from each other despite the reasoning for them being apart are still very much in evidence.
As a born romantic, I’d like to say that everything is sunshine and rainbows. It isn’t. Claire Contreras gives us a meaty love story here. One that quickly grabbed my attention. Truth be told, I pulled an all nighter and have no regrets. The mix of angst and sex is just about perfect. Can these two move past the mess made by their parents? Will they be able to put aside the fear each of them feels for different reasons? Nope! Of course, I’m not telling you.
Once again, you got me Claire Contreras. Right here! In the heart. I bow my head to you. Thanks for giving us something fresh and oh so good.
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Excerpt from Then There Was You:
“There’s no one at my parent’s house except for me.” He raised an eyebrow. “My brother is moving from his apartment to a bigger house, so he’s been going by there to pick up the last of his things, but that’s about it. I’ve barely seen him.”
I frowned. “So why are you staying there?” And where were his parents living? I didn’t want to ask this, of course, but I was dying to know.
“I’m waiting for construction on my apartment building to be complete. It should be move-in ready by October.”
All sorts of questions popped into my head, but I pushed them aside. They’d go unasked because I didn’t want to answer any more of his. Thankfully, he clicked for the iron gates that guarded his house to open and drove in, not pushing for an answer. My eyes stayed glued on those gates as we drove past them. They were like something out of a Richie-Rich movie, those gates, black with a gold emblem in the center. I’d seen them countless times, pushed them open in the middle of the night more times than I could count. I tore my eyes away and looked up at the house. I hadn’t expected to feel such gripping emotion over a damn gate, but I guess some things never stop piercing your heart, no matter how much time passed.
“I’ll be right out.”
I nodded once and leaned against the seat before he jogged inside. I closed my eyes, trying to figure out how my trip had gone from closing a chapter in my life to being stuck in the middle of my epilogue. When Grandma Joan called me with a guilt trip, telling me to come spend a couple of weeks with her, I’d taken her up on the offer for two reasons: I was the only one left who hadn’t packed her room and taken the boxes to the storage unit, and I missed her and this place. I missed the days I used to come here and feel like I was home. I missed the slow pace that came with a life here in Ithaca, nestled inside the city, but surrounded by nature and the water.
Thinking about those days also brought memories of Rowan. Kissing Rowan, holding hands with him, laughing with him in our canoes, but with the positive came the negative. He and I were never meant to be more than friends, and even friends was questionable. Friends didn’t lie or omit important things. My eyes popped open when I heard the front door shut. I watched him take the steps two at a time and stride toward me.
He slid into the driver’s seat, dropped one of the two bottles of water he’d been carrying into my lap, and shot me a wink. I scowled, clutching the water and facing forward. Just because I’d taken him up on the ride didn’t mean we were suddenly going to be chums again. Far from it. I wouldn’t fall for those mischievous eyes. I wouldn’t fall for the panty-dropping grin either. I wouldn’t fall. Not again.
My Way Back to You
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018
Synopsis to come!
My Way Back to You for release on March 13th! This title will not be available for purchase on iBooks or Nook after March 13th.
Releases on March 15th on Amazon and Free in KU!
Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.
She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.
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