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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Let me start out by saying that while this book has a different “feel” than previous books I’ve read by Ms. Reynolds, I still enjoyed it immensely!  Zach and Shelby were in love and had their whole futures mapped out before them but an unplanned pregnancy and subsequent adoption while they were so very young proved to be too much for their relationship.  They moved on with their lives but after a bitter divorce forces Shelby to move back home, Zach sees this as a chance to heal the breach in their past and secure the future he so desperately hopes for.  I loved Zach!  He was understanding and compassionate and still feels so much for Shelby.  His actions and words towards her from the second he claps eyes on her again are full of emotion and the love he still feels for her is off-the-charts hot!  He has made something of himself and he is an amazing father but the only thing that will make him complete is having Shelby again and he pulls out all the stops to win his girl back.  Shelby was a little bit of an enigma at first.  She was slightly standoffish and her actions frustrated me, but then the story took on a life of it’s own and I found myself adoring her.  I very much understood her pain and heartache.  She had so many feelings and no real outlet to voice them.  Her marriage to her ex-husband wasn’t the best and she’s very nervous to take a chance on loving Zach again.  But once these two have the opportunity to talk and spend time together, there is no stopping them.  Their chemistry is amazing, but more than that, this is story that is not about how hot they are in the bedroom (don’t get me wrong, that is included, but to a lesser degree) it’s about their journey to forgiveness and healing.  I especially enjoyed the blending of their families and that we were part of the journey, rather than sitting in the backseat only catching bits and pieces of it.  It gave this book a very raw and real feel that I loved experiencing.  Ms. Reynolds words are always eloquent, her characters engaging and entertaining and her plots consistently enjoyable and easy to follow along with, but Wide Open Spaces reveals a new depth and emotion to her writing, one that left me utterly breathless and with a feeling of complete contentment at the end of this story.

Would I Recommend This Book?

Yes, especially if you enjoy stories with an emotional edge and second chance romances.

Final Rating:

5 Stars

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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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“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.”

“Zach—”

“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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Tour Titles 7aurora rose reynolds

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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