Friday, December 26, 2014

Can't Always Get What You Want by Chelsey Krause

Can't Always Get What You Want
by Chelsey Krause

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
ISBN-13: 9781101883624
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 312
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


 Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night out: a Rolling Stones concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date.

Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn’t exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be—and then she lost him. In an instant, her whole life changed, and she forgot all about happily ever after.

But as she gets to know Brett, Sophie starts to wonder about the future for the first time. With a broken heart still clouding her mind, jumping into a new relationship feels impossible. When she’s in his arms, walking away feels even harder. Now Sophie faces an impossible choice: living in the past or choosing love in the here and now.

Can't Always Get What You WantMy Review
Can't Always Get What You Want by Chelsey Krause 

Sometimes life’s greatest cruelty opens the door for second chances and life’s greatest gift of all, but how many are ready to take that leap of faith through the unknown to reach that gift? Chelsey Krause will weave a tale of love, loss and an opportunity for a second chance at living that will capture you from page one. Can’t Always Get What You Want is a heart-stopping journey that will, in turn have you wanting to support and hug it’s young heroine and then wanting to throttle her blindness to what is right in front of her eyes.

Sophie lost the love of her life, a rebellious young man whom she thought could rope the stars. Their lives were filled with love, even when it seemed they were standing against the world, no one expected that their breaking point would be disease and a painful death. As the years go by, Sophie is lost in the past, the what ifs and might have beens, the loneliness and the fear of moving on, the guilt of surviving, when she is set up with a blind date with a man that made her feel like there could be life after her Aaron. Brett is everything a woman could want, kind, funny, non-aggressive, and successful with model-like rugged good looks. Her guilt at being attracted to him is eating her from the inside out, at the unfairness that he wasn’t Aaron. That she was being unfaithful to a man who is no longer here.

Brett forces nothing on her, gives her space, has the patience of a saint, but Sophie refuses to let him know how deeply she cares for him, although he does see how the ghost of Aaron comes between them at the worst of times. How much can he take? He has been hurt before and wants a life with Sophie, but he cannot battle something or someone he cannot see or understand. What will it take for Sophie to let go of the past and learn to truly live again?

Post-traumatic stress comes in many forms and no one is safe from its brutal darkness. Chelsey Krause has done a beautifully dramatic tale illustrating the ravages of the heart that barely survives the loss of a loved one. In Brett, she demonstrated the lengths to which another will go when love is involved, as well as that point that one must retreat or risk further pain. Ms. Krause will etch this tale onto your soul, one word at a time, erasure, not an option. This is truly fiction mimicking reality, as hope straddles the fine line between darkness and the brilliance of second chances at happiness and love.

I received an ARC edition from Random House Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

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