Monday, December 15, 2014

Finish What We Started by Amylynn Bright

Title: Finish What We Started
Author: Amylynn Bright
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Lee and Candace
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Five years ago, Lee Bennett's whirlwind romance with Candace Claesson ended as abruptly as it had begun, and just when he needed her the most. Since then, Lee's built a successful construction company and a satisfying, if solitary, life. When he's hired to build Candace's new veterinary clinic, Lee finds her as irresistible as ever—but he's never forgiven her and he's sure as hell not letting her break his heart again.

For years, Candace has wrestled with regret and guilt over leaving Lee. At the time, nothing was going to stop her from achieving her dreams of studying in Scotland and becoming a vet—not even young love. They'd been inseparable for six months, but anything that intense couldn't last. Or so she thought.

Reunited in their hometown, neither Lee nor Candace can resist picking up where they left off. But with so much from the past standing between them, how they can rebuild what they started so long ago?

80,000 words

My Review:
This is the second book that I've read by Amylynn Bright and I'm so happy to be able to report that the first book wasn't a fluke. This book was just as fun and heartfelt and sweet as the first, but it has a very different story line than her first book had. 

This is a book about second chances. Five years ago, in a set of impossible circumstances, Lee and Candace broke up when she moved to Ireland. Emotions were running high in the high-stress situation and they both did and said things that they regretted. But neither of them ever reached out to the other to make amends and reconnect although they'd both been desperately in love. Now Candace is back and Lee is contracted to build her branch veterinary office and they have to deal with one another and those unresolved feelings once again.

I do like books where a couple gets a second chance and this is a really good one and up until the very end, I didn't think it would be satisfactorily resolved because they never dealt with what happened before. They were both so incredibly hurt, they can't even discuss it. But without dealing with what drove them apart, they can't truly trust one another again. It's a hard book in that aspect, but Amylynn Bright did an incredible job writing it. Because even though the subject matter and situation is tough and emotional, she set the book...and usually the middle of animal capers of the vet clinic that kept the book light and entertaining. 

I really enjoyed every second of reading the book and didn't want to put it down. It's definitely engaging and the characters were incredible and realistically flawed. The situation basis was perfect for the story and so much about it broke my heart. I loved how Lee built his house to bury his pain and the masterpiece it became because of it. I loved the animal aspect of the story and laughed at every even more unlikely pet he brought into the clinic. I loved the side-characters of both families and friends because they perfectly helped further the story perfectly. 

Overall, it was just a perfect book. I highly recommend it and am pretty sure that Amylynn Bright just made it onto my auto-buy-author list. She's definitely a name to watch in the contemporary romance genre! Now to convince Carina to bring this one out in print too so I can add it beside Cooking Up Love on my keeper shelf. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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