#BlogTour “Then There Was You” by Claire Contreras

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Then There Was You, an all-new second chance romance

from New York Times bestselling author Claire Contreras is LIVE!


Musings…

5 I BLEED CROWNS

“He’d left me with my chest ripped open and my heart in my hands.”

Well, I know how you feel. This is how Claire made me feel by the end of this book, my heart flayed open, my emotions whirling in a vortex, my mind scrambling to make sense of it all. My only reprieve is that this is Claire, so I know it is going to be alright in the end. It has to be! Right?

Rowan and Tessa are interesting characters, and, to be honest, it took me a bit to warm up to them. They are prickly. They scream anti-love, suppress their feelings, and seem to cling to anger. As their characters are developed with scenes from the present and flashbacks, readers begin to understand what has formed who these people are. Their inability to love is driven by fear and a jaded view of relationships. In a weird way, they hurt each other to protect each other, and by the end I got it. It is twisted and malformed, but it is love, and Claire Contreras did a phenomenal job taking to two seemingly unlikable characters and make my heart ache for them.

Then There Was You broke me down by the end. The story isn’t the perfect romance. It is real and has wounds that have been bandaged haphazardly. They are antagonistic and at times immature, but love and hurt does that too people. The story accurately examines and reflects on human nature, on how we change as a result of our experiences and how love is terrifying and freeing. The dichotomous nature of love is explored and exemplified perfectly within the plot of Then There Was You, and I’m desperate to see how this tale will end.

I’ve read all of Claire’s novels, and I can say wholeheartedly that this one is different. It is reflective, heartbreaking, and contemplative. It shows the how the heart breaks and soars, and it shows how the choices we make can damage not only ourselves but others. It is a tale of love and loss, and I can only hope healing at the end of Book 2. No matter what I’ll be devouring My Way Back to You.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review


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Synopsis:

Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.

Then there was you . . .

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Excerpt from Then There Was You:

“There’s no one at my parent’s house except for me.” He raised an eyebrow. “My brother is moving from his apartment to a bigger house, so he’s been going by there to pick up the last of his things, but that’s about it. I’ve barely seen him.”

I frowned. “So why are you staying there?” And where were his parents living? I didn’t want to ask this, of course, but I was dying to know.

“I’m waiting for construction on my apartment building to be complete. It should be move-in ready by October.”

“Hm.”

All sorts of questions popped into my head, but I pushed them aside. They’d go unasked because I didn’t want to answer any more of his. Thankfully, he clicked for the iron gates that guarded his house to open and drove in, not pushing for an answer. My eyes stayed glued on those gates as we drove past them. They were like something out of a Richie-Rich movie, those gates, black with a gold emblem in the center. I’d seen them countless times, pushed them open in the middle of the night more times than I could count. I tore my eyes away and looked up at the house. I hadn’t expected to feel such gripping emotion over a damn gate, but I guess some things never stop piercing your heart, no matter how much time passed.

“I’ll be right out.”

I nodded once and leaned against the seat before he jogged inside. I closed my eyes, trying to figure out how my trip had gone from closing a chapter in my life to being stuck in the middle of my epilogue. When Grandma Joan called me with a guilt trip, telling me to come spend a couple of weeks with her, I’d taken her up on the offer for two reasons: I was the only one left who hadn’t packed her room and taken the boxes to the storage unit, and I missed her and this place. I missed the days I used to come here and feel like I was home. I missed the slow pace that came with a life here in Ithaca, nestled inside the city, but surrounded by nature and the water.

Thinking about those days also brought memories of Rowan. Kissing Rowan, holding hands with him, laughing with him in our canoes, but with the positive came the negative. He and I were never meant to be more than friends, and even friends was questionable. Friends didn’t lie or omit important things. My eyes popped open when I heard the front door shut. I watched him take the steps two at a time and stride toward me.

He slid into the driver’s seat, dropped one of the two bottles of water he’d been carrying into my lap, and shot me a wink. I scowled, clutching the water and facing forward. Just because I’d taken him up on the ride didn’t mean we were suddenly going to be chums again. Far from it. I wouldn’t fall for those mischievous eyes. I wouldn’t fall for the panty-dropping grin either. I wouldn’t fall. Not again.


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My Way Back to You

Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

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Meet Claire:

ClaireContreras.jpgClaire 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.

Connect with Claire:

Website: http://www.clairecontrerasbooks.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CContrerasBooks/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Claricon/ 
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4 Comments

  1. I’ve heard good and not so good about this duet, yet I still want to read them.

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