August 31, 2016

Book Tour --> Wide Open Spaces by Aurora Rose Reynolds


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.

“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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“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.”

3.5 stars
ARC provided by TRSOR in exchange for honest review

I have mixed feelings about this book. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting, but there are still a few issues I had with it.

My biggest issue was the fact that after Zach and Shelby gave up their son up for adoption, three months later Zach sleeps with Shelby's ex bestfriend. She gets pregnant and she decides to step up to the plate and he keeps the twins. That is what I didn't like. Why couldn't he have done that a year prior? This didn't sit well with me. The other issue is that Zach didn't grovel enough. He really didn't grovel at all. They pretty much just fell into a relationship. 

Okay. So that was pretty much my only two issue with the book.

I did like Zach and Shelby for the most part. I loved how their families got along well. I loved how Shelby was with Zach's daughter. And I loved how Zach was with his son and Shelby's little boy.
I love that in Aurora's books family is one of the most important things.

Overall, I did like Wide Open Spaces. I love second chance romance books. So this one was right up my alley. I loved the way both families were brought together and Made one big one. Shelby and Zach definitely belonged together and I'm glad they got their HEA.

I looking forward to the last book in this series. I have a feeling it's going to be the saddest book of Aurora's to date. And I'm also looking forward for her next books in her Until Her and Until Him series.

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