How can you lose one dream and still find another?
Owen King is a lonely history teacher who wants to be braver. So when Owen learns about the deceased brother he never met, he breaks free of his safety net and risks answers. Despite his loving, adopted family, Owen wonders if there are missing pieces inside of him. Visiting the seaside town of Ocean Vista, where his brother lived and died, will be no vacation.
Andrew Teagan wants to be a winner. After being dumped by his last boyfriend, Andrew is through letting others dictate his life. To prove that dreams are possible, he's going after his ambitions full force. Having signed on for a cooking reality show, Andrew's ready to make his small café into a sizzling success.
When Andrew aids Owen on the beach, what starts off as an act of kindness turns into a hot temptation. But can a sweet budding romance survive when the time comes for Owen to leave town? Both men must learn to trust each other if their love will conquer the miles between them.
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Love, loss and figuring out who you want to be.
I liked Owen and how he grew as a character from where he was when the book started, and where he was by the end. He matured and evolved a lot.
That the "face value" of the characters wound up being different than one would think.
Bradley was waaaaaay too theatrical... or dare I say, satirical.
I absolutely loved the first book in this series and wanted to continue the story, though this book could be listened to or read as a stand alone. I did not care for the narration. As I said above, Bradley's tones and inflections didn't really fit with what they should have been. Of course, this is just my opinion. I could tell by the content though, that this was another amazing story of love, loss and figuring out who you are in relation to who you think you want to be. So, my suggestion would be to read this one.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)
wonderful follow up
Second in the series, and I have to be honest, I listened to the first so long ago (in my audio book world, I go through 5-8 a month) that I actually didn’t remember who we were talking about. I kept getting the dead brother, but until someone said “bike accident” did I realize who and what first story we were on about. With that being said, I didn’t feel lost, in the first few chapters, until that connection (in my head) was made.
This time, we are trying to heal, Owen decides it’s time. It’s time to take a stand, in life, in love, in work. And he starts by finding out about the brother he wasn’t able to meet in that life. So heading south for Spring break to the seaside, with weight of the world on his shoulders so he can at least get this one thing off of it.
As Andrew, River, Marc, Tomas and Cole rebuild a life after Brenden death; Owen walks in and stirs everything up.
Andrew first spots Owen on the beach, and even from that first encounter we can tell that this is going to be a fun, sweet encounter. Andrew being the bolder of the two, but both of them soon realizing that something wonderful is happening in around and too them.
As for the other friends, tons of drama, from friends with unresolved issues, loves and hearts that broke with Brenden’s death. Father and sons drama, new business adventures, new lives for good and bad.
All of this revolves around Andrew and Owen and the HFN they are creating.
The narrator is doing a wonderful job creating a scene, a life we all can understand. The ups and downs, heartache and pain.
- Andrea Goodell