Review: ‘Then There was You’ by Claire Contreras – a story about how second chances do not always end in HEA

Format: e-book, paperback, audible
Format read: e-book arc
Series: book 1 of Second Chances Duet
Rating: 18+ sexual content, language
Genre: Contempory Romance
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This is one of the most frustrated books that I have read in a long time. Rowan is one of the most frustrating characters that I have read in a long time.

And I loved every single second of it.

Rowan doesn’t believe in love and marriage (and considering his reasons, I can’t really blame him). But with Tessa, things are different. He is different. And here is where the frustrations stem from. It is obvious that he loves her but he’s just too stubborn to admit that he loves her. Because “he doesn’t bleed” and we all know that love makes us bleed.

Tessa has the world at her feet. But there is something that’s been missing from her life. And that something is Rowan. She’s been in love with him since she was a teenager but she was not willing to give up her dreams for it. I love that she is like that because so many times in love stories, the woman gives up her dreams to be with the guy. I liked that she is willing to fight for her dreams and not let Rowan have her give them up.

There is a cliffhanger with this one (but to be honest it’s not something that you won’t probably be able to predict). Does that take away from the story? Heck no. While I knew what was going to happen at the end, it only made me want more. I want to know what’s going to happen next because you know it’s gonna be CRAZY!

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Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.


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