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At first, I was a little hesitant about Salem being Chris Kings juvie counselor, together they form a special bond. The certain looks they would give each other, but Melanie Dawn kept Salem professional-which I was so happy about. Both Salem and Chris's characters are very well developed.
While reading, I found myself getting lost in Chris's warm brown eyes. -His dark, stormy irises held a tempest of emotions that I couldn't decipher- He's very dreamy.
Salem felt like a real character, battling with real problems in her earlier years. She's a Heroine that I admire, being strong and fierce, even funny. -For all I know, you're a walking petri dish from the center for disease control.-
I suggest you read, Then there was you, and see what I'm talking about. I praise Melanie for this book.
Read it. Embrace it. Love it.
Salem who saved him when he was in juvie. Salem who let him believe he could make something of himself and had him believe in hope. Salem who was his counselor in juvie and whom he had a connection.
Salem shows up at his concert with her daughter and friends and sees Chris. They have instant attraction and Chris hooks her up with front row seats and asks her to dinner. She says yes and their tale begins. Salem sees the kind boy Chris is but she is conflicted over these new feelings for him because she was his counselor. Chris is having similar conflicts but also he can't believe he could love again.
As they get to know each other again we see their past played out and told to us. Chris helped Salem through a time where she needed a anchor and she did the same for him. They connected in a way that couldn't be broken only repressed and when they found each other again the connection was back but so was love. They fell in love. Salem was everything Chris needed. She supported him, believed in him, listened to him and was home for him. She let him be himself. She was his oasis. Chris allowed Salem to feel respected, cherished and loved. but this was a rocky road for Chris was on the road and afraid to mess up which does happen.
Throughout this story we see the tender side of Chris. The protective side and the loving side. He is a complex and sweet guy. He wants to be with someone who loves him for him and that someone for him is Salem. they fight their attraction and feelings for a long time but when they finally come together it is a sight. A beautiful sight. But chris does make a mistake and almost loses Salem. He makes it up to her though and the ending to this beautiful story will have a tear come to your eye.
A sweet story about moving on from your first love and accepting love back into your world. A tale of acceptance, love and respect that will have you smile at the ending and go awww.
Then There Was You gives us the life of Chris. How he was raised and what happen to him when he was sent to juvenile detention. The woman he met in the detention center not only saved his life as a teenager, she allowed him to also save her. Chris was an angry young man, every time he tried to save someone he loved, he always ended up being punished for it. With a father in prison, a mother trying to raise his younger brother alone, Chris’s future didn’t look too bright. When he found Mrs. Honeycutt as his counselor, she gave him the permission to feel again and to dream. She believed in him, not the labels placed on Chris regarding his actions in life. What Chris didn’t realize at the time, was Mrs. Honeycutt was trying to just survive herself.
Salem Honeycutt, was a 24 year old new mother. Her husband wouldn’t do anything to help with the baby and after twelve weeks of no sleep, constant caring for a child and husband, Salem was ready to go back to work and counsel the boys who found themselves in detention. Struggling with postpartum depression, exhaustion and anger that this is how her life turned out, Salem forces herself each day to do the best she can till one day her body gave out and she was rushed to the hospital. Knowing it was time to put herself back together she seeks therapy and slowly recovers from the depression while still giving 110% to the boys in detention that she had grown to need and care about. The dreaded day came when she had to say goodbye to her favorite client, it was time for Chris to move on with his life.
One night a concert would change the path for both Salem and Chris as she took her daughter to see the rock star Chris King. Not knowing if he would even remember her, Salem got back stage passes for autographs and at this point, the story begins.
This book not only tugged at my heart the whole time, I felt it was an honor to be able to watch Chris come full circle in life. What was once a therapeutic relationship between troubled teenager and counselor has now become a friendship, but could there be more in the future for these two. Both have been broken yet with the care and love for each other 20 years ago, they find themselves now strong people who could be willing to give love a chance. It just proves you never know when love will happen.
I want to make it clear that in this book even though we talk about Chris as a teenager, there were NO violation on the part of any adult. Any sex that happen was consensual and age appropriate. This is a sweet, loving story of two people who never stopped needing each other, even when they hadn’t talked in many years. The heart knew what it wanted before the brain did. We just have to read and see if Chris and Salem ended up following their heart. I can’t recommend this book enough. The author gave us yet another book that will land on your top ten list and bring a sense of peace to all of the Chris King fans who were left heartbroken after the first book.