You don't know mine, yet.
You don't know what a broken heart is until you've loved someone your whole life, only to have her slip through your fingers because you waited too long. That's heartbreak. That's regret. And how do you live with that? How do you go through the motions when she's there as a reminder of what you lost, of what you could have had but were too damn chicken to go after? I couldn't. So I left.
That's right, I ran away. I found myself across the continent, playing minor league football. I mean, at least I still had football, right?
Nope. That got taken away from me too. A career-ending injury left me down-and-out, scraping the bottom of the barrel, hating myself and hating life. And then I met Cheyenne Leveaux, my physical therapist, who became my one and only friend, the one bright light in the darkness of my messed up life.
But of course nothing is ever simple, or easy.
Tragedy struck, and the rug was swept out from under me yet again, and this time the guilt, the doubt, the secrets, and the old heartbreak may threaten my one chance at true happiness, my one shot at my own happily ever after.
This is one of those series that sticks with you forever. It's one of my favorites, I have reread them, cried over them, and felt every word of each one. Wilder has a way of pulling every tear filled, happy, anxious emotion out of you. We have faced tragedy, heartbreak, and "love of your life" kind of happiness. But now we leave them behind, this is the end of the road for this series. And Wilder has done it justice.
I see this book as two parts. First we have Ben. We all know what happened and why he left, so now we see his wandering journey around the country trying to find his way. Something that will give him some happiness and purpose. And just when he thinks he can stand on solid ground and begin to live. Life has something else in mind. Another tragedy knocks him off balance again, but in the midst of tragedy and sadness he meets her. And here we are at the second part to this book. Her. She is as messed up as he is, but in so many different ways. We have to "walk a mile" in her life to understand where her pain, sadness, and self-destructive drive comes from. But as with all Wilder stories, we go on a wild ride as the two of them find their way. It's a roller coaster as always, and I'm so glad we got Ben's story. If you haven't read this series, you are missing out on something special. Start at the beginning with a quiet afternoon and a box of kleenex's.
Looking forward to the spin-off we get a sneak peek at!!
***ARC provided by author for honest review....and thank you for allowing me the privilege!!