The New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author returns with a sizzling novel of love, loss, guilt, and forgiveness.
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.
It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?
* A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Edelweiss for the blog tour *
~~ 4 Second Time Around Stars ~~
I was drawn to this book by the blurb, but I was also nervous because it was a Molly McAdams book and she is known for making you ugly cry and tearing the readers heart out (ex. Taking Chances), so I was a little nervous going into this book, but I am glad to say that this was a really great book. It is an emotional read but I don’t think it will tear your heart out like her other books have. I think the reason this book wasn’t as heart wrenching is because we didn’t get time to gain a connection to Ben (Grey’s Fiance’, who dies right before the wedding) Ben’s part of the story ends pretty much right in the beginning and the rest of the story is about Grey and her learning to move on and opening her heart again to love with Jagger.
I really really liked this book. I thought Molly created likable and relatable characters. Her story telling was flawless and flowed well. Like I said the blurb really drew me to this story, because I love a book when the heroine loses a loved one and has to learn to move on and find love again, but what I didn’t expect was the story would also be full of suspense and secrets. That definitely kept me on my toes and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
He was just always there to make things better, always there to help me…always there to be everything I needed.
We meet Jagger and Grey in this story and to say that their road to happiness was a rough one is an understatement. They had a lot of mountains to climb and rivers to cross before they found their correct path. I was a little surprised as to how quick their feeling for each other came out in the story, I kind of expected to have to wait for most of the book to be over, but I have to say I am actually really glad that it happens when it does because we got to see how these two deal with their feelings and everything else that comes their way. I was also glad to see that these two stuck together once everything was out in the open….they worked through all the obstacles together. Yes they each had their secrets but even once those are revealed they work through things together. Jagger has to be one of the best book boyfriends out there. He was patient, kind, loving, and loyal. He stuck by Grey through everything even when she didn’t know about his true feeling for her. He was willing to set his own happiness aside so that Grey and Ben could be happy. To me that takes a strong kind of person.
Letting go doesn’t mean forgetting. It’s accepting, forgiving, and being emotionally ready to keep moving.
That statement to mean is the underlying meaning of this story. I think it truly sums it all up for me. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. If you are a Molly McAdams fan then you don’t want to miss this book…..I think it is one of her Best!!!!
Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach, which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she’s not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm…or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.
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