January 30. 2013
Reaching Rachel (Living Again #2)
4 Stars ★★★★
Blurb ~ Rachel has always been seen as a wild child, never committing or settling down. She wants it that way, so that no one ever finds out the truth. Deep down, she is crushed over something that happened years ago that resulted in losing the only man she ever loved. Then she meets someone who tries to convince her that she’s ready to commit again. But some things are not what they seem. Realizing too late that she’s in over her head, and with her life on the line, she comes face to face with her past in a way she never thought possible.
Devin was in love once, and it destroyed him, making him swear off love forever. After a promotion and subsequent move unexpectedly brings him into the middle of her dangerous situation, he must come face to face with his past and to the woman who broke him into pieces. But she needs help. Desperately. And maybe, just maybe, he didn't know the real truth of their past. Can he help her survive the terrible ordeal she's been through, and during it all, can he safeguard his heart from her? Or will the truth of the pain that has kept them apart show him that he can't live without her after all?
Once upon a time Rachel was in love. A once in a lifetime love that she feels in her heart even years later. A horrific incident leads Rachel to sending away the best person in her life. She doesn’t send him away empty handed either, instead she tells him lies in order to make him leave. Lies that would lead any sane man to hate her and regret all they shared. Years pass and no one is more sorry than Rachel, even though she regrets her decision, she wouldn’t take back anything because her lies and betrayal kept the one man she loved and cherished safe.
For years Rachel suffers. She mourns the loss of her relationship and uses men to fill the void. Looking for a relationship is the last thing Rachel wants or needs in her life but when a new man pushes his way in, Rachel is hard-pressed to deny him, when everything he does and says seems so perfect.
Mr. Perfect slowly starts to show his true colors and Rachel becomes wary of her new beau. In time he is the reason Rachel is reunited with Devin. When he recognizes Rachel during a job he’s both horrified and liberated because he knows he has a chance to get back his girl. However, Rachel has many demons to face including telling Devin the truth about the past.
Rachel and Devin both suffered at the hands of an asshole. There’s no easy way to say it. When I found out the reason Rachel made Devin leave I was both horrified and pissed. Luckily Devin feels the same and trust me when I say you do not want to piss this man off. Devin still loves Rachel and in fact never stops, and now that they are reconnected no one and nothing will stop them from being together, not this time.
Overall I really loved this story. I knew I would from the blurb alone. Even thinking Rachel would be a weak character (which ion my opinion she actually wasn’t) I was intrigued and excited about this story from start to finish. Rachel suffers a bit too much in my opinion but with Devin by her side she proves that love has the power to heal. Luckily both these characters have strong willed friends and allies who help them move along. I would certainly recommend this book although I warn you to proceed with caution as it does contain some horrific and brutal elements.