I had the happily ever after . . . until it was gone.
Three became two. And I was alone.
Our time—my time—was over. Alone was the right way to be. The only way. Life was me, my son, and my memories. Until the day I met someone who turned my lonely existence upside down.
This man made me smile, made me laugh, made me ache for his touch.
But I couldn’t.
He shouldn’t awaken feelings I resolved to bury with my husband. But he did.
I couldn’t let his presence make my heart race. I couldn’t let him into our little world, where he fit so perfectly. I couldn’t want Nick.
But I did.
I rescued people. My family relied on me to lend a hand. Everyone thought of me as the fixer, but no one had the first clue how to fix me. Until Ellie.
The freckled beauty’s sorrow was like a well-worn shirt—easy and familiar, difficult to part with—and she wore it comfortably. And though I was hers from the moment our eyes first met, she’d never be mine. I loved her in the here and now, but how did I compete with a ghost?
How can there ever be anyone After You?
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“Fate took away the first best thing that ever happened to me. I had serious doubts it would ever make it right.”
“You’re my favorite kind of trouble. And you’re worth every single bit of it.”
“She owned my thoughts to the point of obsession.”
Stephanie Rose is one of my go-to, automatic one click authors. She delivers real and powerful stories that capture your heart and give you all the feels. So, the moment After You hit my kindle, you know that I dropped everything and dove into Nick and Ellie’s story.
After You owned my heart from the moment that I read the prologue. It was in those first precious moments that I just knew that my heart and emotions were going to be taken for an unforgettable journey.
After You is told from dual points of view and is Nick and Ellie’s story. Ellie already had one great, amazing, and unforgettable love. But, fate had other plans for her and took that love away. For years, Ellie would just be going through the motions. She grieved every day for the loss of her husband, but spent every moment being the most amazing mom that she could be. It wasn’t until Nick came into her life, that she really remembered how to breathe. Nick brought Ellie back to life and gave her the courage to fall in love again. The road to HEA for these two was not an easy one. It is a road riddled with lots of hurt, guilt and fears. There were so many moments that just pulled at my heart and had me yelling at my kindle. But, I promise you, the journey is so incredibly worth it. The pull between these two was intense and one that even fate couldn’t deny. I admired Nick’s strength and determination. He knew that what he had with Ellie had amazing potential, he just had to make her open her eyes. He had me rooting for him and Ellie, even in the bleakest of moments.
After You is an incredibly beautiful and well written story. Ellie and Nick’s story will capture your heart, make you fall in love and believe in second chances. Stephanie Rose has once again provided me with a moving and unforgettable love story. The kind that will give you all the feels and ingrain itself deep into your heart.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*