Title: Wherever You Will Go
Author: Stephanie Smith
Publication Date: August 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Brooke Willis had everything she ever wanted: a happy marriage, volunteer placement at the art gallery, and the promise of starting a family with the man of her dreams.
Saxon Reed had everything he ever thought he needed: a successful career, nice cars, expensive apartment, and more money than he knew what to do with.
After losing her husband Brooke insists on taking over his company to keep his dreams alive. Struggling in an industry she knows nothing about, Brooke turns to Saxon, her husband’s best friend and business partner, for guidance and support. Their mutual grief, and Saxon’s need to look after his best friend’s wife, creates a connection beyond just business.
Can Brooke take over the company and find a new life without saying goodbye to the past? Can Saxon protect and care for Brooke without scaring her away?
What happens when your heart doesn’t listen to your head? When lines are crossed and boundaries are pushed?
“Life goes on, whether you choose to move forward and take a chance in the unknown or stay behind, locked in the past, thinking of what could’ve been. I don’t want to live in the past anymore. I’m so lonely; there’s nothing for me here.”
I head to the door, still clutching at a piece of peppermint chocolate and trying to dissolve the large piece in my mouth. Swinging open the door I yell, “What the hell, bitch?”
Saxon’s eyes are wide and he has an amused grin on his face. “Well, good morning to you too.”
My mouth is hanging open, and I know all the blood has rushed from my face. I’m shocked and not only because Saxon is here, but because he stands before me in dark wash jeans with a tight black t-shirt. It has been years since I’ve seen him in anything but a suit or tuxedo. He looks so much younger dressed casually. Less stressed and almost more… carefree.
Shaking those thoughts, I meet his eyes. “I thought you were Rach. What do you want?” My words come out more harshly than I intended, and Saxon’s smile turns to a frown, his eyes losing their sparkle.
My stomach twists and there’s something about him frowning which turns my gut. I don’t like it. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it like that. I’m just surprised to see you. What’s up?” I ask in a much more friendly tone.
He looks up at me, nervousness shining in those bright green eyes. “I wanted to see if I could take you out today?” The confident, cocky Saxon is gone, and I would’ve never believed this insecure one existed underneath.
He wants to take me on a date? Hell no.
“Bugger, I’m actually just on my way out,” I say with fake disappointment.
Saxon raises his eyebrows at me, and the cocky bastard is back. “Really?” he says as he looks me up and down. I follow his eyes down to my outfit.
Sometimes even I can’t believe how stupid I am. I roll my eyes and cross my arms over my chest in defiance, as I also remember not only am I in my flannel pyjamas but I don’t have a bra on. He smiles a cocky smile while looking at my chest, clearly letting me know he caught that also.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the blog tour *
~~ 3.5 Stars ~~
Wherever You Will Go is an emotional story about loss, grief, letting go and learning how to love again. This is Stephanie Smith’s Debut novel and I thought it was an enjoyable read. I will say that I did like this book but it didn’t WOW me. I liked that it was told in Dual POV (although primarily from Brooke’s POV with some of Saxon’s POV) and I thought the storyline was well thought out and developed. I truly felt the grief that Brooke and Saxon were going through. I thought the author portrayed an accurate account of all the feelings a woman goes through when grieving the loss of her husband. With that said I still had trouble connecting with the characters. Yes I felt both Saxon’s and Brooke’s grief but I really didn’t connect with the other feelings and emotions they had. Because of this I thought that the book sort of dragged on a bit. I thought she focused too much on Brooke’s grief that it just took something away from the development of Brooke and Saxon’s relationship. The author also threw in some parts that were the added drama to the story (Amber and Paul) which I thought were good but I thought more of the story could’ve revolved around those story lines. Overall this is an enjoyable read and one that I would recommend to people that are looking for an emotional read with a HEA in the end.
This story is built around Brooke and Saxon. Brooke is married to Nate and is happy and looking forward to starting a family with him, when tragedy strikes and he is killed in a car accident. Saxon was Nate’s BFF and he is destroyed when Nate dies. What happens next is a story of how two people learn to cope with the 5 stages of grief and learn how to let go and move on. Learning to love again. I liked Brooke as a character but I thought the way she treated Sax sometimes was just wrong. I was glad to see by the end of the book that she learned what the real lesson was. I really liked Saxon. He was a player but was also a person who loved fiercely and was extremely loyal. I would’ve liked to have learned about his up bringing a little sooner in the book, just because I think it would’ve help make that connection to him better.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an emotional story of two people who suffer a great loss and learn to love, trust and let go. If you are looking for an emotional roller coaster with many ups and downs then this is the book for you.
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I have recently started writing as a way to relax and spend some time for me. My first novel Wherever You Will Go is due to release later this year. I’m having so much fun writing my first story and I’m looking forward to the journey it is taking me on.