REVIEW – THEN THERE WAS YOU (Second Chances Duet, #1) by Claire Contreras



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 . . .


*****Dee’s Review*****

Five Angsty Stars*****

From the moment I saw the gorgeous cover and read the blurb for Then There Was You I knew I had to get my hands on this book. So you can imagine that the expectations were high, and let me tell you, Claire Contreras delivered; boy, did she deliver. This was a story with a lot of heart and lot of feels, a powerful romance that grabs you from the moment you start reading.

Starting with the beautiful town setting, the meaningful backstory and the realness of the characters, I simply couldn’t get enough.



Rowan and Tessa grew up together, same town, same school, same friends. Rowan was the typical gorgeous, player kind of guy, who had all the girls drooling after him, and needless to say that he took advantage of the situation. But there was one girl who stood up above all, Tessa.

Rowan and Tessa become really close, the best of friends, always hanging out, having fun, and laughing around the beautiful sceneries of their town. It was only a matter of time before the attraction they felt towards each other became too strong to ignore.

Something happened between them, that broke them apart and after graduation, they both ended up taking different paths. But now Tessa is back in her hometown packing up what’s left of her old life when she sees Rowan again. Old and new feelings start brewing between them, but now they are adults, not kids anymore, and if they play into those feelings the consequences could be life-changing.

This romance is the perfect combination of angst and slow burn. One of those novels that make you reach for the tequila bottle because it’s impossible to predict where the story will take you. I really loved this book, and I CANNOT wait to read the second part of this duet, I’ll be counting down the days until I read it.



*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I tightened my hands at my sides to keep from reaching out just yet, hoping she’d contradict everything I threw at her. Hoping to end this once and for all. We weren’t meant to be. We never had been; we never would be. She wanted to be free of this place, and I had ties that rivaled the roots of a white oak keeping me here.



THEN THERE WAS YOU has got to be one of the most painfully angsty books I’ve read recently. I think I’m not as strong as I used to be because for almost the entire time I was reading this book, I was getting such a stomach ache from the mental turmoil. Not once did I find a happy peaceful moment. The main characters were extremely infuriating. I don’t know how two people could be so stupid that they were completely unaware that they were in love with each other. I could see it from the beginning and so could everyone else around them! It drove me batty! It may sound like I hated the book, but I didn’t. Claire Contreras has proven once again to be a very talented writer. Once I picked up this book I found it nearly impossible to put down. I was a glutton for punishment and now that cliffy has me counting down the days until I can get to the conclusion of Rowan and Tessa’s story.

Rowan Hawthorne and Tessa Monte grew up together and during their senior year of high school, things took a romantic turn between them. But their time together was cut short because they had plans to go to different colleges that would keep them apart for the next four years. When they cross paths again, it’s years later and the two are practically strangers. The time apart plus the fact that Rowan’s parents bought out Tessa’s family’s fabric company had managed to destroy whatever semblance of a friendship the two had left.

Tessa’s family has moved across the globe and she’s back home to clear out her belongings and start the process of putting their home on the market. Rowan and Tessa run into each other a few times and it’s clear she’s still holding a grudge against him. But he’s always been her biggest weakness and soon enough she’s succumbing to his charms.

They have a hard time controlling their desires for each other but are convinced that a relationship would never work between them because Rowan doesn’t believe in love. Tessa isn’t willing to risk her heart for someone who is guaranteed not to return her affections. Here’s where I felt like pulling my hair out! They obviously loved each other but were too stupid to understand what was in their hearts!

Rowan has been groomed since he was young to become the CEO of his family’s company and his Grandfather has offered him the chance to take control of the company but it comes at a very high price. Will Rowan give in to the stipulation when it means possibly ending what he and Tessa have? Will Tessa let Rowan make the ultimate sacrifice?

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 4.5
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

THEN THERE WAS YOU is currently available. If you hate cliff-hangers and waiting for the next installment, then wait until the conclusion to Rowan and Tessa’s story is released on March 15th! Not too long of a wait.


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