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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Ruthie Henrick (January 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991416406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991416400
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,955,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received than ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I will start off with saying, if you are looking for hot Alpha male romance book then this is not the book for you. But this is a very beautiful and romantic story. It's a story fill of betrayals, healing and above all: second chances.
Sometimes you need a book that is just full of love and real life situations to take a break from those intense, hot, steamy books. From the very start of it all you saw how much Jake loved Allie, yet he did what was best for her and continued to be her best friend while she was with Ben. He suffered through everything from Ben and Allie dating, to getting married, to when they had their first child. Throughout it all Jake was their by heir side, being the best friend and being 'Uncle Jake'. Anything Allie needed from him. Then tragedy strikes and Ben is killed in a car accident. Upon his death, secrets and betrayals from Ben's part come to light. The Ben that Allie and Jake seemed to have known is not really who he was. But Allie finds the strength to forgive Ben. Slowly she moves on with this new life that she has, and as always Jake is by her side to care for her. I loved how Jake never left her no matter how much it hurt to know she wasn't his.
The way this story continues and developed. It was wonderful and just how I wanted it to play out! The way their relationship evolves is wonderful, I loved how they both fell for one another yet Allie was blind to it all. I am so happy that Allie got a second chance for her Happily Ever After.

This story is such well written. I fell for these characters do hard and fast. I loved how involved we were in their lives. I am excited to look for more books by this great author!
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OMG this story starts off with Allie finishing her last session with the shrink I suppose. Then they take you to when Allie first met Ben. Her best friend sets her up with her boyfriends friend.She wasn't looking for a relationship but she couldn't deny the attraction that was there. Ben and Jake have been best friends since forever. When Ben and Allie get married he's there when she has her first child he's there and when the baby needs a godfather it's Jake. Jake has been in love with Allie since she met Ben but as his best friend he doesn't let anyone know his feeling. Wow when tragedy strikes and Allie has to deal with not only the loss but betrayal by her husband Jake is there. When he finally gets the nerve to tell her his true feelings he didn't believe she would reciprocate he was shocked. What's funny is she finally realizes she can't be without him. She also has a surprise for him and she didn't even know. This book was fabulous it was also my first book by this author and I will be reading more from her. Sometimes you can believe that love will come twice.
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I am not sure how to rate this book. I am thinking 2.5-3 stars for the first half and 4-4.5 stars the second half. I was so confused by this book in the beginning. At first I was thinking this book has a potentially awesome story line, but it just wasn't doing it for me. It took me while to get even remotely invested in it. It wasn't until about 30% in, that I was actually able to digest what was going on. The first 1/3 of this book just seemed so fast paced and rushed. It seemed like Ben and Allie had only been on a couple dates before the proposal. I know that's not accurate, but that's how rushed it felt. There were certain parts that I was totally lost because there was no break or forewarning when the dialogue changed characters or moved on to a different time, so at times it all kinda ran together. I almost DNF, but I am so glad I stuck with it. This book did a complete turn around for me. I almost feel like I just read two different books made to be one. That is where my rating dilemma comes in. I did not feel connected to Ben at all. I did feel horrible for what happened to him, but I think it was more so for Allie, Trey, and Jake. I was shocked by his secret though. I can't believe how well Allie handled that. I take it all as a clear indication that her and Ben were not soul mates and were not destined to be together forever. Now Jake and Allie had the real thing. I felt so much more connected to Jake than Ben. Throughout the entire story I could literally feel his love and longing for Allie. He was so good for her and to her. They are an example of how important friendship is to a relationship. I really loved how despite everything, how much both Jake and Allie felt hurt by what Ben did, they still kept him close to their hearts and never forgot him.Read more ›
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If I rated the story alone I'd easily give this 5 stars. It deserves those stars- THE STORY. It was new and telling. It was about finding love, maybe more than once. It had betrayal, family and friends all knotted together. It kept me thinking "ok who is the good guy here"? I found I like different stages of the characters as I read. Some almost instantly, one had to really grow on me and then began to not like one and wished one would fess up.

As you can see I did not give Twice In A Lifetime 5 stars. Sadly, here is why. It's in 3rd person. It is very hard to tell a compelling story in 3rd person. I don't hate all 3rd person but it is harder to connect. In the beginning stages of Allie's story it is very hard to understand who's talking/thinking. It took a while to get all the characters straight as they told their story. You have two guys who instantly meet Allie and they both are enamored with her but only one has her but when they both have almost the same thoughts it's hard to know which guy it is until the give that derogative statement about the other.

Second, If a good beta got hold of this to help smooth some of the transitions this could easily sore to the top. I would love to see this book ran through again, newly edited and newly beta'd. OH! A really good beta. I found so many parts that I had to re-read to truly understand what was going on. The telling of Ben and Allie's story was told quickly (no spoilers, but I get why) but when so many things happen with no date or time stamp it's hard to stay on track. This could be the third reason, time span. Without the date or easily reference to how many months have passed you had to read (sometimes a while) to understand when the scene was happening.
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