The man in the magazine spread, the one dubbed the most eligible bachelor, is my ex-husband.
Six months ago, Simon’s company was never more successful, just like our marriage was never emptier. I was a stay-at-home mom with a sugar daddy who had no time to pass the sugar or be a daddy. I asked for a divorce and he let me go, just like that.
Now I’m mending my broken heart and finding myself while being a strong role model for our girls. But when my mom gets sick, I need help, and he’s there like a superhero in a tailored suit. And when my mom recovers, he’s still there, doing grocery runs and braiding our girls’ hair.
I don’t want to hang my hopes on my workaholic ex just because he’s suddenly wearing basketball shorts instead of designer threads, or because he’s giving me that look that melted my heart in college.
Chemistry was never our problem. I don’t want to trust that he’s changed only find out that once again I’m not worth fighting for. He needs to prove that he’ll be as ruthless about us as he is in the boardroom.
|Series:||Cocky Hero Club|
|Trope(s):||Second Chance Romance|
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|Release Date:||13th September, 2020|
I love a second chance romance but it’s books like this that make me think that it’s definitely my favourite trope. I love, love, loved it!
Simon and Natalie are a recently divorced couple who are trying to get to grips with their new normal. Which is especially hard since the reason for their divorce wasn’t because they fell out of love with each other or lacked chemistry. Simon just always put his job ahead of his family and Natalie was done with living her life that way.
I think what I especially like about second-chance romances – especially those where the couple have been married and so recently – is that we jump right into the story and get to know our couple really quickly. Mostly because they already know each other so well. With this story it’s clear early on that Natalie and Simon are perfect for each other. Soul mates who just misstepped on their journey.
With that said, as we went through the book I was at times worried that Simon just wouldn’t get it. He would never understand what drove Natalie away. I wanted to shake the dratted man sometimes.
But it’s not just Simon who needs to change and notice things – which is something I really liked about this story. Natalie is on her own journey of self-discovery. Finding what she likes and wants to do away from her roles as a wife and as a mother. Yet she also has to realise how to deal with Simon and how she feels about him and his own priorities. This was never about Simon changing to get Natalie back – it was about how they moved forward as a couple. And gah! – it was so stinkin’ cute!
We do have sex though. Lots of steamy, it’s been too long and I must have you now, type of sex. It made me tingle but also made my heart happy. Seriously, there was something about this story that everything was just perfect.
This is part of the Cocky Hero Club world of novels. They all standalone so no prior reading is required. However, if you’ve read Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s Stuck Up Suit, you’ll recognise Graham – the hero from that story – who makes a very small cameo in this story.
This book had everything I could want in a story. It’s a fairly simple tale but it packs a big punch. It’s got enough emotion to melt your heart, but never gets too fraught or angsty. I absolutely raced through this book, reading every spare moment that I had as I was so invested in the story and the characters. It’s satisfying in every way that matters and a book I would highly recommend. This is my first Marie Johnston read but it definitely won’t be my last. 5 stars.
Marie Johnston is an award-winning, best-selling paranormal and contemporary romance writer. She grew up in the upper Midwest and planned to go to college for English. Didn’t happen. She started college in accounting and was awful! Grabbing her inner science geek by the pocket protector, she changed to microbiology and medical technology where her only writing involved scientific articles and procedures.
Eventually, she left full-time work for full-time baby raising but kept thinking, “one day, I’d like to write a book.” Finally, before any more time passed, Marie decided to buckle down and write. She loves it!