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This book was a surprise from one of my long-time publishing partners, Valentine PR & Literary Management, they always send me some amazing books and this one was no exception.
When it arrived, I remember reading the description and not being entirely sure if I could dig into this one without reading the earlier books in the series. It’s actually book 3 in a series titled Seaside Pictures which you can find more about below. But after inspecting the first few pages, it seemed like I would be able to read it without having read the earlier ones. However, I am going to be honest, I really struggled with this one in the beginning and a lot of that I think has to do with being unfamiliar with this author.
But as I said, it did cause me to feel very confused throughout the first few chapters because there is a backstory between these characters that I was struggling to grasp. Thankfully, there was enough information provided as I went along and I was able to kind of piece together all of the backstory. Once I reached that point, I was able to really settle into the story and enjoy the ride.
Imagine a couple that has a heated past – a whirlwind kind of romance – but something so painful tears them apart and now they have to face one another again after years of being away from one another. Some warnings I would issue about this one is that it does contain some significant triggers regarding cheating, lost pregnancy, and low self esteem.
As I worked my way through this book, these two characters’ pain, soul searching and recovery really pulled at my heart strings. It’s painfully beautiful watching them face their demons and forge a new path. There experiences were not easy and with both of them coming out of high-profile celebrity backgrounds, they are both dealing with damages that color the way their past experiences played out. It was an emotional ride that was bumpy and filled with turns, but in the end you come out put back together.
I’ve never read anything by Rachel Van Dyken and I am grateful that this one came into my life so that I could appreciate it’s depth and I look forward to reading more from her!
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It’s easy to lose yourself in someone you love.
Easier to lose yourself in someone you hate…
I didn’t think it could get any worse than having to babysit a bunch of spoiled musicians on set — keeping them out of trouble is a cakewalk compared to seeing my ex every day.
Seaside, Oregon isn’t big enough for the both of us.
She hates me.
I loathe her.
The plan was simple — stay the hell away and make sure she gets to set on time.
What I didn’t expect was to be faced with our past in front of an audience — and be forced to face it again.
The way she looks at me.
The way I try to look through her.
Words left unsaid.
The lingering aftermath still as powerful as ever.
I feed the chasm between us, for fear that she’ll make me feel again — and steal the last shred of heart I have left.
We have everything but each other.
It’s not enough.
Not when you’ve lost love.
And replaced it with the only thing left — hate.