Series: Captive Heart Duet #2
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2016
We found each other where no else could.
Found a purpose. Found ourselves. Found love.
But then life got in the way.
Three years later and the people that we once were are nowhere to be found.
Can our love survive everything we've put it through?
Can we find a way back to each other...
Conclusion to the Captive Heart Duet.
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
If you have not read Lost you will want to stop reading. This is not a standalone book! And although I will try my hardest to not give anything away, please go back, read the first book and then read this one. Okay? Okay.
Well this book not only gave me all the answers I wanted, but it also destroyed me and then put me back together. It picks up three years after Lost and we learn what happened after Tucker was arrested. We get the story in present time, but just like the previous book, we get flashbacks (those were some of the most heart wrenching moments) to fill in the missing pieces. I was pleasantly surprised by the way the book opened and the information we are given right away. But by the end of the first chapter I knew that things would get worse before they got better.
What a journey Tucker and Charlotte go on. My heart broke at the end of Lost and I really just wanted everything to work out. They built such a wonderful relationship and to have it ripped away the way it was, was so horrible. But I also knew that they would mostly have a hard road ahead. And I wasn't wrong about that. At first there are more bad moments than good. They are both struggling to get back to their normal and outside forces, as well as their own demons, are making it difficult to completely move on. But they are trying their hardest. Not everything is bad though. There are some very sweet moments that gave me hope that these two would be able to work through their issues and get that happily ever after I desperately wanted for them.
I stop her at a stand on the outskirts of the festival. It’s overflowing with fresh-picked flowers, and I make Char wait outside while I disappear into the tent and grab the biggest bouquet of daisies I can find.
Her face lights up when she sees me, and she stands from the bench I made her wait on.
“Are those for me?!” Her joy is tangible.
“Maybe, but you’ll have to follow me to find out.” I reach my hand out for hers, which she takes, and I lead her out of the festival.
I walk us away from downtown and out where the houses become farther and farther apart. I hang a right, and soon we’re at the edge of Lancaster County Central Park.
“We’re going for a walk in the park?” She’s still guessing.
“You up for a little bit more of a walk?”
There is somewhere I want to take her. Char nods and we keep going, hand in hand, just admiring this beautiful day.
The park is alive with sounds and fragrances. I can’t imagine returning here with anyone but her.
Farther into the park, and I finally spot it.
“Oh, Tucker …” Char gasps quietly and I know I’ve done good.
We walk onto the worn wood planks of the Kurtz Mill Covered Bridge and I stop her once we’re just inside the opening.
“It looks just like the one in Bridges of Madison County.” Char marvels at the construction of the red covered bridge.
“I used to sleep in here sometimes.” I look at her, assessing her reaction.
“Back when you were using?”
“Yeah …it was one of the only free, covered places I could ever think of.”
I walk to her, pressing her against the wall of the bridge and bringing one hand up to her cheek. My other is still occupied with her daisies.
“I want to rewrite all of the bad memories with you. I want to take away all of the pain we’ve had. Not forget it, but replace them with happiness and new traditions. It’s why I wanted to bring you here. It’s why I got you these.”
It was moments like that that showed, despite everything that was going on, they were still the Charlotte and Tucker readers fell in love with.
Epilogues are one of my favorite things about books and the epilogue here? OMG. It was absolutely perfect! I got emotional while reading this book, but the epilogue put me over the edge and I cried...a lot. On their own, these books are good, but put them together and you have a beautiful story of love, loss and finding your way back to the person you are meant to be with.
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.