“Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder looking more beautiful than ever standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won’t be a mistake he ever makes again.”
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That moment your life changes.
That moment that changes your life.
That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.
That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.
There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.
When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.
Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won’t be a mistake he ever makes again.
Some things never change and love is one of them.
First Loves – those are the ones that people always remember…always compare their current relationships to…always feel like they’ll never have that kind of connection with someone else because a part of their heart will always be with the person who loved them first.
That’s exactly the kind of love that Shelby Calder and Zach Watters had, and even though they’ve been apart for the past 15 years, their souls still yearn for each other…still need each other in their lives in order for the pieces of their hearts that are broken to fuse back together and feel whole again.
But in order for Shelby and Zach to get their second chance, they need to deal with their respective pasts as well as the pain and heartbreak they felt when Shelby left Alaska all those years ago and Zach’s choices and actions after she moved away.
Aurora Rose Reynolds clearly conveys what it takes for couples to get their second chance in her Shooting Stars series. There’s pain, regret, and heartbreak to contend with in order to move forward, and in order to repair the damage, hard truths must be discussed and honesty must be given or the past will still divide them and force them to remain apart.
There was never a time in Wide Open Spaces where it wasn’t clear that Shelby and Zach were/are made for each other. They are each other’s other half, and their connection never waned even when they were apart because as soon as Shelby returns, that bond only intensifies and works to heal two battered hearts, allowing two broken families to become one.
I definitely enjoyed Shelby and Zach’s story, but I did feel like their past and their issues weren’t completely explored; I would have liked to understand more concretely the events that occurred all those years ago to send their relationship spiraling out of control, forcing Shelby to runaway and Zach to make destructive and life altering choices.
I loved how Reynolds portrayed the mixed family dynamic – so many times, there’s conflict and harsh words, but there are also situations that are fairly easy because everyone, even the kids, understand how unhealthy things were between their parents.
Even though Wide Open Spaces is a bit different from Reynolds’ other series, Zach is still one of her alpha males who fights for the girl he let get away and he does it by claiming her in every way and making sure she understands that it’s always been her – ALWAYS!
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 Poison Apples
“Then why did you marry her?” I ask, wondering if I’m really ready to go there with him, but it’s too late to change my mind. The question is out, and as much as I don’t want to know the answer, I need to know the answer.
“I wanted my kids to have what I didn’t. I believed that, with time, we could find a way to be happy.”
“Maybe we shouldn’t talk about this,” I say, changing my mind as nausea and jealousy turn my stomach.
“You loved your ex, baby. I know you did. I didn’t have that. I wanted it but never had it with her or anyone else since you.”
“Please stop.” Feeling tears burn the back of my eyes for him, I close them tight. Max and I were happy and in love in the beginning, and I hate knowing Zach never had that… the kids didn’t see or feel that.
“I wish my past didn’t hurt you so much. I’m sorry for hurting you the way I have. If I could take your pain away, I would.” He gathers me against him and tucks my head under his chin.
“As sad as it makes me, I wish you would have had that with her or someone else,” I say, and his arms tighten so much that my lungs compress.
“I don’t,” he growls.
“What?” I wheeze, and he loosens his grip just enough for me to take a breath.
“I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had been with her or someone else when you came back. I don’t want to face that demon inside of me that knows what I would have done.”
“I’ve been in love with you for almost eighteen years. I carried your missing pieces around inside me for that long, Shelby. I know it would have made me an asshole, but there is only one you. You’re the only place I’ve ever called home.” His voice is thick with emotion, and that wound inside of me fills up a little bit more. I hate his words, but a part of me is relieved he feels that way, that he feels so deeply for me.
“There’s been a wide open space inside me since we placed Samuel and I left you behind. But, from the moment I came back, it’s slowly been filling up.”
He goes quiet at my words. Several moments pass before he speaks again. “One day, that space will be full. I swear, with everything I have in me, I will make sure it’s overflowing and that you never feel empty again.”
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About the Author
Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.