College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt - to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.
Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.
When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.
I got this book thinking it was another romantic story with one of my favorite subjects, hockey players. Well, I was right about one thing, one of the main characters is a hockey platers, but this book is so much more.
The beginning of the book give us the background story for the main characters and it is one of heartbreak and loss. There's no other way to describe the incredibly painful past these two characters have.
Kate and Ryke meet at a grief support group. He can see the pain emanating from her right away and feels attracted to her. Kate is still too broken from her loss to see or really appreciate anything or anyone. She's looking for a job and he provides that job for her.
Once working for him they start imperceptively helping each other not only survive but to start to live and love again.
“The two of us were bound together by the thread of grief, but it wasn’t just our mutual loss that united us. We’d survived them, found each other and discovered that sometimes, from darkness come light.”
I give this book five incredible stars, Brenda did a beautiful job transforming pain into hope and love. Highly recommended.
About the author:
Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.