A Crazy Reunion: Book 2 in the Crazy, Texas series
by Cate Baylor
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Raney Hoffman eloped with her high school sweetheart believing they’d found their happy ever after, but her world crashed down around her when he left after less than two years of marriage. Nearly twenty years later he’s back in town. Her broken heart tells her she should still hate the jerk. But her traitorous body surges into sexual overdrive at the sight of him.
Rob Coleman was devoted to Raney the moment they met in high school. After they married, his twin brother died unexpectedly and Rob’s grief thrust him into an identity crisis he couldn’t recover from. The decisions he made in that haze of grief have haunted him for nearly twenty years. Now he’s back and completely befuddled by the strength of his response to seeing Raney again.
They rebuilt their lives without the other but their unexpected reunion makes it clear their history is far from resolved.
Rob sagged to his knees, overcome with repressed grief and memories. Interred here, stolen away from him much too early, was his twin brother. His other, better half. This was the first time he’d been here since that cold, rainy November day they buried J.W.
He was numb, unable to recall a single specific memory or identify a particular emotion. He just felt empty. Bereft. Alone.
He didn’t know how long he sat there gazing at J.W.’s headstone, but a bone-deep ache began to overtake the numbness. He reached out, tracing the letters of his brother’s name, following the lines that led inexorably to the dates of his birth and death. As his hand wandered lower against the marble, he noticed a vase embedded in front of the marker. Fresh flowers spilled out of the unremarkable green container.
He leaned back on his heels, stunned out of the haze of his grief. The vibrant, cheerful white daisies and red carnations seemed out of place when he felt so overwhelmingly sad. Grudgingly, he considered their simplicity perfectly suited J.W.’s personality. Assuming his grandfather was responsible for them, he wondered how Pops had managed to make the trip out here given his recent fall. He’d have to remember to thank him. He supposed he should take over that particular duty, too, now that he was back.
You want to know why I read this book? Besides the cover? I’m a sucker for second chances in romance. Plus, it intrigued me that a couple got get an HEA after all those years. Raney and Rob had such a history together when they were teenagers and then for it all to blow up and then come back 20 years later? Yep, I just had to read their story.
I will not go into a lot of details into what happened all those years ago because you just need to read the book. My heart was completely ripped out. I actually cried when I read it. And if you know me, I don’t cry when I read a book. This book touched me so completely that I’m still trying to recover. I didn’t ugly cry but I almost did.
Raney and Rob are perfect for each other. Raney, in the story, is more aloof in her life. She never really got over Rob leaving her. It’s like she has been adrift all those years, while Rob made something of himself, even after grief overcame him. I really liked that even though the breakup was awful, they still had a lot of growing up to do for it to work again.
Mick and Daphne were great secondary characters that helped Raney and Rob to see that they could be together again. I also liked Raney’s cousin, Scotty. I wouldn’t want to get him mad. LOL!
My heart broke for them but slowly came back to life. If I had one thing to complain about is that I thought the ending was a bit rushed and I wanted an epilogue. But I’m an epilogue kind of reader.
Overall, this is a great second chance romance. They both fought the chemistry that was still there and hearts were definitely on the line more so than before. Ms. Baylor has written the perfect second chance romance. I can’t wait to see who she writes about next.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Cate Baylor is a romance writer, technical communicator, blogger, craft addict, tea drinker, and geek.
Cate Baylor has been a technical communicator for over fifteen years. When she’s not writing, she suffers from hobby addiction, which includes (but is not limited to!) reading, card making, crochet, knitting, scrapbooking, cross stitching, and home DIY. She lives in Houston with her geeky husband, neurotic cats, and precocious Yellow Lab named Tex. She comes from a long line of German-Texan farmers who are likely rolling over in their graves knowing she’d much rather stay blissfully air-conditioned than suffer the Texas heat.
Connect with Cate on her web site, http://www.catebaylor.com/
You’ll also find her author profile on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/catebaylor
and LibraryThing. http://www.librarything.com/author/baylorcate
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Cate will be awarding a (For US residents only) silver necklace that says “this isn’t my first rodeo” via rafflecopter during the tour. For a non-US winner, Cate will offer a $15 Amazon or B&N gift card.