Then There Was You

Then There Was You

Love and the right timing were two things I didn't believe in. Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.Timing was never on our side.My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her. My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn't built to...

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Author:Claire Contreras
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  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    5 "My Tessa" Stars!

    (ARC provided by author)

    Tessa Monte is a beautiful 24 yr. old woman who is following her dreams in fashion design. She has two weeks to decide which city to pick for her apprenticeship, but first she’s heading to her hometown to wrap up some loose ends. She’s torn between wanting to finally be free of this place, and never leaving. She has so many wonderful memories of home, but it was a

    5 "My Tessa" Stars!

    (ARC provided by author)

    Tessa Monte is a beautiful 24 yr. old woman who is following her dreams in fashion design. She has two weeks to decide which city to pick for her apprenticeship, but first she’s heading to her hometown to wrap up some loose ends. She’s torn between wanting to finally be free of this place, and never leaving. She has so many wonderful memories of home, but it was also a place that made her remember the boy who broke her heart.

    She fell for Rowan Hawthorne as a teen, & through the years a part of him always stayed with her. They were inseparable until their lives went in different directions. She’s never quit thinking of him, and of the summer he was hers.

    Rowan & Tessa’s paths cross again and old feelings are awakened. Her plans to avoid him end the moment she lays eyes on him. It’s impossible to ignore his affect on her. When he looked at her she felt that undeniable connection she’d never had with another man. She knew she shouldn’t open herself up to him again if she wanted to walk away unscathed, but she couldn’t resist her intense need for him.

    -He'd always been gorgeous, but damn. I wasn't sure many people could top Rowan.

    -I hated that I felt this pull between the two of us, hated that it had to be him to make me feel this way every time.

    -She was so goddamn beautiful and she didn't even know it.

    -Tessa was the only woman who could look at me and send my heart into a frenzy.

    Rowan didn’t believe in love or relationships, but he had no control over how desperate and unhinged Tessa made him feel. He knew they could never be together. It would never work. He’d wanted her for over ten years, but knew his place was at Hawthorne Industries. Their timing was never right, & he’d come to terms with his destiny, but when he was with her all his responsibilities melted away. He’d missed her, and wasn’t over her.

    Tessa thought she could have this time with Rowan, and then walk away. She’s leaving soon for good. She could play it safe, & guard her heart, but every time he touched her he took another piece of it, and made her feel everything.

    I adored this book! It reminded me exactly why I’m obsessed with this authors words. Claire Contreras writes the most beautiful stories that you can’t quit thinking about. This book was full of insane chemistry, love and angst. I fell hard for Rowan, & also loved Tessa. It’s nice to read a story about a confident woman who knows her worth! I can’t wait for the next book to get more of this couple! :))

    -When I was around her the only thing I thought about was being around her.

    -My life began and ended on Tessa's lips.

    -She had the kind of magic that turned me inside out.

    -"When it comes to you, there's never any competition. You blow everyone else out of the water."

    -"I just need you. Nothing else."

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    LIVE AMAZON

    5 AMAZING STARS

    I'm speechless, I have no words!!This book was fantastic, I devoured it in one sitting!I couldn't write a proper review for days!I have so many feelings with this one , I was happy,frustrated and

    anxious!

    Rowan and Tessa take the reader in an emotional roller coaster!These two have a pretty heavy past. Their relationship is full of tension,ansgt and some really intense and steamy moments!I couldn't put the book down because I simply couldn'

    LIVE AMAZON

    5 AMAZING STARS

    I'm speechless, I have no words!!This book was fantastic, I devoured it in one sitting!I couldn't write a proper review for days!I have so many feelings with this one , I was happy,frustrated and

    anxious!

    Rowan and Tessa take the reader in an emotional roller coaster!These two have a pretty heavy past. Their relationship is full of tension,ansgt and some really intense and steamy moments!I couldn't put the book down because I simply couldn't wait to see what will happen next!

    There is the perfect amount of drama and the characters are simply amazing!The writing is captivating,beautiful and flawless!I can't wait for the next book!!This is a must read, one of my favorite books for 2018!!

     

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳As a reader who detests any sort of

    of a one-eighty degree turn. I am going to make this review short and sweet because I don't really have a lot of

    ➳As a reader who detests any sort of

    of a one-eighty degree turn. I am going to make this review short and sweet because I don't really have a lot of words that can describe how

    may need. The plot twists, the drama, the un-answered questions... everything is taking part of this novel if you are looking for something that can distract you for a long ride to come.

    ➳Yes, indeed, there is a cliffhanger, and in my opinion it is a

    part of the novel, a bit...

    I am of course anticipating the next novel just so the sake of me finds out what happens to Rowan and Tessa. Their chemistry of course is one that

    sense of the way.

    ➳Overall, this

    before, I highly recommend starting off with her novel of

    .

  • Christy

    Oh the ANGST! I devoured this book. Seriously, I need the next book ASAP. The ending of this book shook me. I need to know what happens, and thank god the next book is released soon!

    Tessa Monte is back in her hometown temporarily. She loves this town, but having Rowan Hawthorne, her first love, here makes things difficult for her. Rowan and Tessa were completely inseparable until they went to college, then things fell apart between them. It’s obvious that feelings are still there,

    Oh the ANGST! I devoured this book. Seriously, I need the next book ASAP. The ending of this book shook me. I need to know what happens, and thank god the next book is released soon! 


    Tessa Monte is back in her hometown temporarily. She loves this town, but having Rowan Hawthorne, her first love, here makes things difficult for her. Rowan and Tessa were completely inseparable until they went to college, then things fell apart between them. It’s obvious that feelings are still there, for the both of them. 


    No matter how hard it is, Tessa is determined to stay away from Rowan. He makes it completely impossible. The effect these two have on each other… sigh. You can feel the longing, the sexual tension, the love. You feel everything between them, even if Tessa is hell-bent on denying it.

    These characters are complex, complicated, and stressed me out. This story stressed me out. It made my heart beat a little faster, and I was glued to the pages seeing how things would turn out for these two. This story had drama, it had a slow burn romance, and also intense chemistry. Rowan and Tessa’s story had me on pins and needles.

    is a stunning, passionate, captivating, and angsty romance. It hooked me and didn’t let go until I finished the last page. I always love Claire’s writing, and this story was not only well written, but completely addictive! If you’re looking for a angst-filled and powerful read, look no further! I’m so happy the second book is out in less than a month, because I’m not sure how long I could wait! I highly recommend this one.

  • Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    has got to be one of the most painfully angsty books I've read recently. I think I’m not as strong as

    {ARC Generously Provided by Author}

    has got to be one of the most painfully angsty books I've read recently. I think I’m not as strong as I used to be because for almost the entire time I was reading this book, I was getting such a stomach ache from the mental turmoil. Not once did I find a happy peaceful moment. The main characters were extremely infuriating. I don’t know how two people could be so stupid that they were completely unaware that they were in love with each other. I could see it from the beginning and so could everyone else around them! It drove me batty! It may sound like I hated the book, but I didn’t. Claire Contreras has proven once again to be a very talented writer. Once I picked up this book I found it nearly impossible to put down. I was a glutton for punishment and now that cliffy has me counting down the days until I can get to the conclusion of Rowan and Tessa’s story.

    Rowan Hawthorne and Tessa Monte grew up together and during their senior year of high school, things took a romantic turn between them. But their time together was cut short because they had plans to go to different colleges that would keep them apart for the next four years. When they cross paths again, it’s years later and the two are practically strangers. The time apart plus the fact that Rowan’s parents bought out Tessa’s family’s fabric company had managed to destroy whatever semblance of a friendship the two had left.

    Tessa’s family has moved across the globe and she’s back home to clear out her belongings and start the process of putting their home on the market. Rowan and Tessa run into each other a few times and it’s clear she’s still holding a grudge against him. But he’s always been her biggest weakness and soon enough she’s succumbing to his charms.

    They have a hard time controlling their desires for each other but are convinced that a relationship would never work between them because Rowan doesn't believe in love. Tessa isn’t willing to risk her heart for someone who is guaranteed not to return her affections. Here’s where I felt like pulling my hair out! They obviously loved each other but were too stupid to understand what was in their hearts!

    Rowan has been groomed since he was young to become the CEO of his family’s company and his Grandfather has offered him the chance to take control of the company but it comes at a very high price. Will Rowan give in to the stipulation when it means possibly ending what he and Tessa have? Will Tessa let Rowan make the ultimate sacrifice?

    Here are my overall ratings:

    releases on March 1st. If you hate cliff-hangers and waiting for the next installment, then wait until the conclusion to Rowan and Tessa’s story is released on March 15th! Not too long of a wait.

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  • Elizabeth

    is the first book in the Second Chances Duet. A heartbreakingly beautiful story of two best friends who experience love and loss and then love again.

    Tessa Monte and Rowan Hawthorne have been frenemies every since they shared a young romance that ended abruptly. Rowan is destined to take over his family business and Tessa, a flourishing fashion designer, has been offered an internshi

    is the first book in the Second Chances Duet. A heartbreakingly beautiful story of two best friends who experience love and loss and then love again.

    Tessa Monte and Rowan Hawthorne have been frenemies every since they shared a young romance that ended abruptly. Rowan is destined to take over his family business and Tessa, a flourishing fashion designer, has been offered an internship in Paris that she cannot refuse. When Tessa and Rowan rekindle their love affair, their future becomes blurred as they both struggle with their desire to be together.

    Told in dual POV,

    offers an angsty romance of two people who love each other very much but cannot find the strength to be together. The internal and external forces are too great and despite their best effort to make it work, they are ripped apart again. The passion between the two is unmatched as their love grows stronger. The tempo of the writing flows naturally as every moment unfolds. With a complex plot and beautiful characters, Claire Contreras offers a stunning contemporary romance that I will never forget.

    Overall,

    will appeal to readers who don't mind angst. Although my heart is breaking after finishing this, I have complete faith in Ms. Contreras that she will make everything right in the conclusion. Thank goodness it is coming out soon!

  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    Oh for the love of god....... fricken cliff hangers.

    I usually wait until all the books are out in a series that ends unresolved. But damn it I know the next book is out soon so why not, but why oh why oh why do I do this to myself. And holy shit I could throw this fricken book at the way it made me feel. Oh the feelings... I’m keeping this spoil free but I’m dying to get the next book and to let you all how impatient I really am

    Rowen and Tessa are childhood friends and lovers. Separated by col

    Oh for the love of god....... fricken cliff hangers.

    I usually wait until all the books are out in a series that ends unresolved. But damn it I know the next book is out soon so why not, but why oh why oh why do I do this to myself. And holy shit I could throw this fricken book at the way it made me feel. Oh the feelings... I’m keeping this spoil free but I’m dying to get the next book and to let you all how impatient I really am

    Rowen and Tessa are childhood friends and lovers. Separated by college years and the lack of wanting relationship statuses, oh and that one word called love. They both fear the word love and relationship. So they both walk away without a fight.

    After college, Tessa comes home to tie up lose ends and get her divorced parents house ready to sell before accepting an apprenticeship in Paris or New York. Of course the minute she sees Rowen the feelings are back tenfold. However Rowen is still stuck on this “no relationship, no love” journey in life. Yet, he does want, need, and has to have her. He just won’t say it in the words, relationship or love. Rowen will go to whatever lengths it takes to get his parents company. This includes giving up all his wants, his needs, and his deep feelings for the one girl he's ever felt that connection with. So after weeks of finally getting the girl back on the pretense that "this is for fun", what better way to get this task accomplished then to just walkaway from her and enter a "contract" with someone else...

    This story, god this story..... I’ve enjoyed Claire Contreras in the past, loved her writing and stories. This one is a slow burn, like seriously burning.... and the angst, off the charts. The love between these two sizzles the pages. Leaves you begging for more. I definitely will be waiting, patiently, for the conclusion. I’m praying that my assumptions will be right!!!!!🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

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  •   KAT ⚛ Kitty Kat's Crazy About Books ⚛

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    Is a full length, contemporary romance novel and is the first book within the ‘second chances duet’ by Author Claire Contreras. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' In this we meet 'Tessa and Rowan' There's isn't an easy story to read, he will drive you insane at times but it's their story.

    In this we meet twenty four year old Tessa Monte who is following her life time dream of becoming a fashion design

    can also be found on my blog:

    Is a full length, contemporary romance novel and is the first book within the ‘second chances duet’ by Author Claire Contreras. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' In this we meet 'Tessa and Rowan' There's isn't an easy story to read, he will drive you insane at times but it's their story.

    In this we meet twenty four year old Tessa Monte who is following her life time dream of becoming a fashion designer and has been offered two apprenticeships and has a hard decision to choose which one is best suited for her, one is situated in Paris the fashion capital of the world, and the other one is in New York. She’s back in her home town for two weeks to tie up some loose ends and is also putting their family home on the market even though it pains her to do so.

    Being back in town is like taking a trip down memory lane, and it all leads back to one boy, that boy who stole her heart and then in turn broke it, these two were inseparable even when they were apart he was always forefront of Tessa’s mind.

    She wears her heart on her sleeve he wears a cocky grin on his face.

    Twenty five year old Rowan has never kept it hidden that love isn't for him, or even relationships really and he has his parents to thank for that, him and his brother Sam were raised in a loveless, emotionless household so it's always been a struggle to give himself to females but more so with Tessa, she scares him, the intensity of their times together, hs dad's mantra that was drummed into him as a kid he repeats over and over

    Rowan was groomed to be CEO of the families empire since he was a young child at the age of seven and now it's come time for hm to step up to the plate and take over his family's business, but to do that there is a clause in the contract that he has to abide by, and this is where all the angst and frustration, the emotional upheaval will come at you.

    This does flit from Present to Past and even though I thought it was vital to the story it did take me awhile to get used to but once I got a few more chapters in I started enjoying it more. Their past isn’t the prettiest, it has its ups and downs, the pulls too and fro but such a heartfelt connection came through. if you're an angst whore then this book is for you!! I felt so many things whilst reading this, I cried, I was frustrated, I hated, I loved, then I was gutted. Being a kiwi girl it just made me love reading about our traditional Maori greeting.

    * Teaser used is off the Authors facebook page *

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