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- Publication Date: October 21, 2017
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- Language: English
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By: Shandi Boyes
5 out of 5 stars
The story Second Shot (Enigma Book 10) by Shandi Boyes is a contemporary romance book. This is a story that I absolutely loved reading. It is part of a series that just keep getting better with every book I read. This is a story that is very emotional and had my emotions going up and down with every chapter that I read. It is heartwarming as well as heartbreaking. This book hooked me in from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down until I had read the last page. I love that Hawke now has his own story. He is a character that is introduced in another book in the series and I always wanted to read more about him. Hawke’s story is a sad one as he has lost both his wife and unborn son. He is a man that is existing, not living. The description of the remorse, guilt, and pain that he has lived with for the last five years and is still living with broke my heart. He also has met a woman that he feels a connection to. She has him feeling things that he hasn’t for a long time. Hawke believes he is a broken man. Is this woman the one that can help him pick up the pieces of his heart and start putting it back together? The woman that he feels connected to is a wonderful photographer, a kind person, and also has been through a situation in the past that has affected her life every day since. She also finds that they share a similar interest. She feels herself being drawn to him. One thing that she does fear is that when he hears about what happened to her that he will walk away. What does the future hold for these two? Will they find that together they are what each other needs in order to start healing? This story does have many other additional characters. Most of them are crossover characters from the author’s other books. I love when an author does this as I love catching up on what has been happening in their lives. This is an author who writes amazing stories and I have never read a book by her that I didn’t love. This story does have mature content, love scenes, adult language, and scenes that could cause triggers for some readers. It would be recommended for those over the age of 18.
After losing his wife and unborn son five years ago Hawke has been living a half-life, going through each day in a fog just existing. He wasn’t there to protect them when they needed him most and now he doesn’t think he can ever live a full life without them. Then fate steps in and he meets Gemma, a woman with a past as tragic if not more tragic than his own. Gemma shows him that he didn’t die with his wife and its okay to try to live again and it is possible to do it without guilt holding you back.
I don’t think I can adequately express just how much I loved this story. I felt so bad for Hawke, seeing what happened the day of his wife’s death through his eyes was tragic. And learning everything he went through after that point in time had me tearing up over and over again. I was so glad when Gemma popped up, her personality and the way she could see through Hawke was a breath of fresh air. I loved seeing Hugo and Ava as well as the rest of Hugo’s family, not to mention the guys from the Perception of Life series. It almost felt like a homecoming and makes me want to go back and re-read all Ms. Boyes’ books all over again. I can’t wait to see what we will be treated to in the next Shandi Boyes book.
As Hawke’s wife said “You cannot fight fate” and it is so true about Hawke’s story! How do you give life to a man who has lost everything, who only breathes with a heaviness that is crushing his chest? How will you give lightness and sunshine back to Gemma who had it torn from her in such a cruel way? Will two people who have lost all be able to help each other to find a way back to this side of the grief and despair?
I could not put the book down once I started … Shandi keeps spinning those amazing stories that take us away from our daily grind and make us feel, feel the despair and heartbreak and horror and fear and range, and lust and … love and hope … so much hope … Thank you for taking us on this beautiful ride! I will be impatiently waiting for the next book! I have no doubt it will be another smashing story that will be haunting us for a while after finishing it!
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We were hoping Hawke would turn up at Hugo and Ava’s wedding... it’s been along time and a huge step for Hawke to come back home but he made it... only just. It’s also here that Hawke meets Gemma but she will eventually know him as Carey and already you want her to realise who he is and that along with a few other things that are yet to be realised already has you hooked.
Shandi Boyes does another fantastic job with this emotionaly charged story. When it comes to Hawkes feelings and thoughts, every little detail is captured with great understanding, it’s only now you realise the full impact Hawkes loss has had and is still having on him, it’s affected how he’s lived his life for the past five years... it still is. I can’t help thinking back to when he featured in previous stories and wonder how he was coping.
We know certain parts of Gemma’s life but there was a time frame that was yet to be revealed. It was obvious something serious had happened to her. Whilst Hugo, Ava, Wesley and her father know, Gemma wouldn’t be telling Hawke yet, even though you might have an idea it still comes as a shock and as Gemma thinks the worst and is about to walk away, Hawke doesn’t give her the chance... it’s everything you’ve been hoping for.
I loved catching up with the guys from Rise Up... it all started with them and I wonder if we will hear anymore from Wesley, I’m sure he has a story to tell?
We’ve had fifteen stories.. I think I’ve counted right! everyone has been absolutely exceptional and before I’ve even got to the end I’m already thinking who is going to be next who’s left... thankfully we have Ryan!! Can’t wait