I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ready to Love Again by Annalyse Knight
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop on August 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
After a bitter divorce, Katie Rodriquez moves with her nine-year-old son, Shawn, to California to take a job at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A fresh start is exactly what she and her son need. However, a fateful stroll on a Carmel beach turns her world upside down when she meets a handsome doctor who is struggling with his own past.
Dr. Chase O’Donnell had everything a man could ask for when a tragic accident changed his life forever. Tortured by his memories, he locks away his grief to care for his two children, refusing to face what his loss has done to him and the people he loves most.
Katie’s son is a rowdy child with a good heart, so it is a bit of a surprise when Shawn befriends the quiet and thoughtful Tony O’Donnell. Tony’s love for baseball draws Shawn into his world, and from then on, they are inseparable. It is only a matter of time before they bring their parents together again in a surprising twist of fate. However, Tony’s older sister, Liz, doesn’t like the new boy who is prone to catching critters and teasing girls. Liz isn’t very happy with the idea of her father having a new girlfriend, either. Loyal to a fault and haunted by the fear of abandonment, she lashes out and refuses to accept the new woman in her father’s life.
Katie and Chase must find the strength to rebuild their lives while juggling the demands of careers and single parenthood. When Chase’s daughter lashes out, they soon discover that the price of their romance is too high. To heal his family’s pain, they both must risk losing each other. Facing unresolved guilt and anger, will they have the courage to learn to love again?
“You’ve already lost one love in your lifetime — don’t let Katie be the second.”
I know I say this a lot and it’s not something that I will never say again, but I loved this story! If you’ve ever lost a love, either through death or divorce, or even just a long time relationship that ran it’s course, you should read this book. The story of Katie and Chase show us that it is possible to meet someone after you’ve experienced a deep loss. There will be struggles, but it can happen. To see the connection between Katie and Chase, to see the love his sister had for his family, to see the pain and the ways every character tried to cope with his or her loss, the internal wars. Not going to lie, I cried a LOT during this book. The feels!!! Have a box of tissues with you when you read this. It was an honor to read Ready to Love Again and I hope Annalyse has plans for a second book. Either continuing this story or another stand-alone one. Annalyse, my sincerest apologies for the delay in posting my review also. Catching up takes longer than I planned and I also needed my heart to stop hurting after reading. Well done! 🙂