Monday, April 22, 2013

Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton

Title: Wait For Me
Author: Elisabeth Naughton
My Rating: A+


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Kate/Annie and Ryan
Release Date: December 2011
Publisher: -
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
A 2012 Readers' Choice Awards Finalist in Romantic Suspense!

A woman without a past…

After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn’t know she had.

A man desperate for a reason to live…

Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves.

Two lives about to converge.

As Kate begins to dig into a past she doesn’t remember, evidence leads her to San Francisco and puts her on the path toward Ryan, a man who sees in her the woman he loved and lost. Kate feels a draw to Ryan, one she can’t explain, but is that feeling enough to convince her this is where she’s supposed to be? As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies long buried, a passion hotter than either expected and a danger that threatens…even now…when the second chance they’ve both been searching for is finally within reach.

My Review:
If an author (besides me because I'm not skilled enough...yet...to do it) came and lived in my brain to write my perfect book, this one would come damn close. I adored this book. Any of you that have been reading my reviews for a while know...I love me some good angst. OMG, this book NAILS it on angst. 

Seriously, here's the set-up...it's been five years since Annie died. Five years that Ryan has been simply going through the motions and getting through the day for his daughter Julia. He's been doing it with the help of his best friend and Annie's brother, Mitch, and with a workaholic attitude. That attitude has paid off for his business, but his personal life is hollow. Ryan is in charge of a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical company that has grown huge in the last five years.

A year and a half ago is when Kate's life began. She was in a car accident and was in a coma for four days. She has absolutely NO memories of her life before that time. But as the book begins it's to the news that her doctor husband has died in a plane crash. As she begins to go through his things after his death, she finds things that make her question everything. Mainly a bill for HER long-term healthcare at a nursing home and a photo of a little girl who has to be her daughter. 

And then the story unfolds. OMG, my heart ached throughout the entire book for these two characters. Ryan loved Annie so much. It was devastating to him when she died. When he looks at Kate, he sees Annie. But Kate realizes she's not that person. She doesn't even know that person who he expects to be his wife. He's in love with a memory and she's falling for him. She knows they're all going to be hurt in the end and there's already been so much pain and sorrow. Seriously, the emotions on the page just jumped. They were so real and my heart hurt wanting everything to work out for these characters.

The pain is there and it's livid...
For Ryan, he thought she was dead. But now she's back, which is an answer to prayer, but she doesn't know or trust him. She's been "married" to someone else. He's angry and betrayed and so confused about it all. He blames her which isn't fair...she had no idea her "husband" was lying to her and was recovering from a horrible brain injury.  

For Kate, she doesn't know who to trust. She trusted her "husband" and look how that turned out. She's trying to do the right thing and figure what exactly happened. At the same time, she's dealing with two very confused children and an angry husband, who's a stranger. There are so many times that she regrets ever coming back and that just hurts Ryan more. 

As a reader, you can't help but to put yourself into the characters' places in this story. The empathy I felt for them was so real. Elisabeth Naughton did an amazing job writing their story and immersing the reader within it. I became 100% emotionally involved. Really, really just an amazing book. I highly recommend it!

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