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Baby, I'm Back! (Return to Redemption, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Samantha Rivera divorced her ex Nicolas "Nick" for one reason: he won't try with her for another child. But his charming Latin honor demanded that he stay in her life, much to her chagrin, from the other side of the country. But Nick is going to spend a long summer with Sam to reconnect with his daughter, and Sam... because he missed his family, and he wanted his family back, even if he had to blackmail his way back into his ex-wife's home... and back into her heart.
I found the book quite delightful to read, as the two characters know they are not done with each other, yet neither can get past the reason they stayed apart, because neither fully realize why they did what they did, and both used coping techniques to HIDE those true feelings. But this is town of Redemption and things are going to get redeemed. In short, you will find out WHY Nick refused to make another child with Sam, and why Sam saw that refusal as a reason to walk away, despite Nick otherwise full attention to her. And yes, there is a happy ending, in more sense than one.
If you are only looking for sex, then these characters will seem shallow and crude (there are jokes about the male body part getting a nick name) with Nick being almost the stereotypical alpha macho Latino male, and Sam was almost unreasonably hostile toward her ex, with the kid Dani caught in between. On the other hand, if you look past their surface but try to connect with their psyche and their fears, you'll find that this book rewards you to be patient, and their facade hides the hurt that they must resolve for true happiness.
Samantha Rivera' has been divorced from her ex for a year now. They had so many problems and issues that the two of them couldn't resolve, so Samantha finally gave up and filed. Her ex, Nick Rivera' is Latino, and he has a very strong and dominant personality. He has always told Sam this is what's happening, so we are doing it. He doesn't sit down and talk things out. When he was promoted from Philadelphia to California, he listed the house with an agent without telling his wife, made airline reservations for the 3 of them, THEN came home and told Sam to pack up the house because they were moving to Beverly Hills, CA. Sam was livid. She told him that she and their daughter, Dani, weren't going anywhere and for him to go by himself. After the couple lost their baby boy, Michael, and Nick refused to have another baby with her every again, she was done. She then filed for a divorce. Dani is in remission from Leukemia, she has a great doctor taking care of her, and Sam trusts him 100%; so she's not leaving.
When Dani starts acting out, like normal teenagers do, She ignores her daily phone calls from her Dad, starts skipping classes, and begins lying to her mom and starts sneaking out at night. Sam has no choice but to call Nick and let him know what's going on.
Nick Rivera' hates being divorced. He wants his family back together. But he won't bend on having another baby with Sam, nothing will change his mind.
When he hears that Dani is up to no good and challenging her mom, he makes a decision to move back to Redemption permanently, job and all. What he doesn't expect is all the changes that has taken place over the past year. His daughter isn't a little girl anymore, Dani has a boy interested in her, his ex-wife is dating someone, and Sam is extremely independent; whereas for 14 years ago she relied on him for everything. He's not happy with the new changes, he'll never win Sam back at this point. Unless he can give her business advice with her custom made "Worry Pals" but she's already told him to back off once. That doesn't faze Nick.
Sam thinks he married her out of obligation because she got pregnant at 17 years old. But the truth is he's been in love with her since they were kids. She's always felt guilty because he gave up his music career for her, in fact she encouraged him to stay with his band. He took that as a sign that she didn't care about what he did when it came to groupies. But he never cheated on her.
What a couple. She didn't think he loved or cared about her and he thought that she married him because she was pregnant and it was easier this way. That's why she NEVER cared where he went at night after gigs.
He was a bit challenged by several men who he viewed as rivals and one really was. The things that split them apart however haven't been resolved but he's pretty sure she is still attracted to him. Their daughter Dani is also someone he loves but she also needs her father, another thing that he can use to wiggle his way back into Samantha's life. The information abut how ill Dani has been over the years was a surprise but added to the tension of the story.
It was a little bit hard for me to grasp that they had been married all those years but still knew so little about the real inner person. I can see the why of how that happened though.
The words to the song Nick wrote for Samantha were touching.
And I did like the fact that the story was told in both Samantha and Nick's Point of View. It was done in a smooth, way that didn't interrupt flow of the story. So many feelings that had remained hidden. And Nick sure was a problem solver when it came to helping other people.
He knew how to put people and ideas together and he didn't mind helping; he liked it.
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