After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love...even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?Romance, as a genre, has a certain set of guidelines...rules if you must. In order for the romance to work, it needs to have certain elements. A hero you like, and fall a little in love with, a heroine you want to see happy, chemistry, passion, great sex (and lots of it doesn't hurt) and a happily ever after ending.
As the genre evolves, these rules are broken, twisted, and bent. And, when the story is great, when they are not broken too badly, you get an edgier romance.
In the case of Abe and Sarah, the sum up is that they were married, he was an addict, he was awful to her, she left him, and he wants her back. This should work, and in a lot of ways, it did. Abe was clearly sorry, he obviously was deeply in love with Sarah, he was sorry for the things in their past, without making excuses that he was drunk or high.
All of this should have meant that this really worked for me. Unfortunately, I think who Abe was in the past was too much for me to forget about and really, fully, invest in their story. I think it is possible to go too far, to make the reason the characters split up into a reason that they should probably stay apart. While I was able to connect with the story, with their passion, I was never fully able to get over the way he behaved toward her when they were married. Yes, it is explained, he is changed, others remark on the change, and he has reasons now to stay sober that he didn't before, but all of that fell a little short of convincing me that it was a good idea to take him back.
This is my first novel by Nalini Singh. I was impressed with the writing, the dialog and the pacing. And, I am guessing I am one of a small minority who didn't absolutely love this book...all the elements were there, but for me, it just fell a little off the mark. But, I do recommend it.