September 2, 2016

Review - Wide Open Spaces by Aurora Rose Reynolds


“Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder looking more beautiful than ever standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.”

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That moment your life changes.
That moment that changes your life.
That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.
That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.
There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.

When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.

Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.

Some things never change and love is one of them.

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My 5 Star Review

I love Aurora Rose Reynolds books. I love the alpha male, insta-love, and even over-the-top plots, but this one it just hit home with me. Wide Open Spaces is a beautiful story of second chance love. I am not a fan of second chance love, it’s just not my thing, but this book just felt right. 

Zach and Shelby are teenagers when they find out she is pregnant. Shelby parents died when she was young and Zach’s family were struggling, barely getting by. With limited resources and no clue how they could provide for their unexpected child they make the selfless decision to give up the baby. First, adoption is the most beautiful and selfless thing a person can do. Loving someone else more than you love yourself, giving up a piece of your heart so that your child can have a better life is the definition of love.

Shelby is grief stricken and heartbroken over their decision and leaves town. She ends up finding love and settling down in Seattle. She marries and they end up having a son they love very much, but the love between them fades. They never had the connection she had with Zach and eventually they divorce. That’s what brings Shelby back to Alaska and back into Zach's life. 

After Shelby left town Zach made some horrible decisions, he turned to alcohol and drugs trying to cope with the losses he experienced. Just like Shelby’s life, Zach moved on too. He actually ends up getting a one night stand pregnant and marries her. Unlike Shelby, Zach didn’t love his wife, so the marriage was short lived. Regardless, he walked away with two beautiful children. 

Zach and Shelby are two imperfect characters, like us all. They do the best and make the best decisions they can, but are not perfect. However, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them both, because they did something that is near and dear to my heart. They gave two people who couldn’t have a child of their own the gift of life. They gave hope and love to someone else and to me that is priceless. Then seeing the people they grew into years later, I was in love with their story.

Zach is selfless and completely devoted to Shelby and Hunter. He is a fantastic dad who always puts his kids first. He is honest and upfront with what he wants and that was so refreshing. Shelby is scared and vulnerable, but open to finding love. She is dedicated to being a great mom and finding her own happiness too. She provides a missing piece in Zach's children's lives and together they make each other whole. 

I am not a fan of second chance love, but I am a fan of epic love. Shelby and Zach’s love was never ending and unconditional, no amount of time or distance could end their connection. If you have read all of Reynolds books or none, I recommend jumping in. I think Reynolds completely outdid herself, this book is beautiful, emotional and heartfelt, but don’t worry there is plenty of sexiness and alpha male, too!

“Then why did you marry her?” I ask, wondering if I’m really ready to go there with him, but it’s too late to change my mind. The question is out, and as much as I don’t want to know the answer, I need to know the answer.
“I wanted my kids to have what I didn’t. I believed that, with time, we could find a way to be happy.”
“Maybe we shouldn’t talk about this,” I say, changing my mind as nausea and jealousy turn my stomach.
“You loved your ex, baby. I know you did. I didn’t have that. I wanted it but never had it with her or anyone else since you.”
“Please stop.” Feeling tears burn the back of my eyes for him, I close them tight. Max and I were happy and in love in the beginning, and I hate knowing Zach never had that… the kids didn’t see or feel that.
“I wish my past didn’t hurt you so much. I’m sorry for hurting you the way I have. If I could take your pain away, I would.” He gathers me against him and tucks my head under his chin.
“As sad as it makes me, I wish you would have had that with her or someone else,” I say, and his arms tighten so much that my lungs compress.
“I don’t,” he growls.
“What?” I wheeze, and he loosens his grip just enough for me to take a breath.
“I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had been with her or someone else when you came back. I don’t want to face that demon inside of me that knows what I would have done.”
“I’ve been in love with you for almost eighteen years. I carried your missing pieces around inside me for that long, Shelby. I know it would have made me an asshole, but there is only one you. You’re the only place I’ve ever called home.” His voice is thick with emotion, and that wound inside of me fills up a little bit more. I hate his words, but a part of me is relieved he feels that way, that he feels so deeply for me.
“There’s been a wide open space inside me since we placed Samuel and I left you behind. But, from the moment I came back, it’s slowly been filling up.”
He goes quiet at my words. Several moments pass before he speaks again. “One day, that space will be full. I swear, with everything I have in me, I will make sure it’s overflowing and that you never feel empty again.”
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About the Author:
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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.

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