College senior Kate Camden has learned to adapt - to her last year of school, to the promise of motherhood, to the fact that she’s doing it all alone. But just when she’s learned to adjust, heartache threatens to break her apart.Pro hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryker has it all: adoring fans, a promising career, and a beautiful wife. But when his seemingly perfect life is shaken by tragedy, he’s left questioning whether having it all is ever more than an illusion.When circumstance brings Kate and Ryke together, they discover they don’t have to hurt alone. Bound by a grief that haunts them both, they must rely on one another to survive heartbreak. But that grief is more powerful than they realize, and the tie that binds them together may ultimately tear them apart.
4.5 pucking stars!!!
“The two of us were bound together by the thread of grief, but it wasn’t just our mutual loss that united us. We’d survived them, found each other and discovered that sometimes, from darkness come light.”
I really loved this one. I haven’t read anything quite like it before. The characters were struggling with their losses and found each other in a unique way. From the beginning chapters, the author tugs on your heartstrings. The loss of a child or spouse would hurt me a great deal and I connected with both characters.
Kate is a 22 year old recent college graduate suffering from a devastating loss.
Ryke is a 25 year old NHL player who is not a stranger to death.
Ryke becomes Kate’s support and rock after he meets her at a grief support meeting. He sees she is down on her luck and offers her a job. Although sexual tension looms for most of the book, I found I was really good with how their relationship built and how it all worked out. What I liked most was the sides of grief that were shown and reasoning for feelings felt. One of my favorite things that Ryke touched on was how people thought he should have felt a depression from losing the love of his life, but why did Maggie have to be considered the love of his life? And why did he allow people to let him feel that guilt because she wasn’t? People assume so much when it comes to death….
Kate did fight the attraction to Ryke and wanted him at a distance. Her fears were valid with why. Heroines can really annoy me when they get on the whine about my life train, but even at times when I thought she was close to jumping on, I couldn’t get upset with her. I did hate however that she didn’t feel she was worth Ryke.
Ryke was amazing. He was a really strong supporter of her and I loved how he seemed to know what Kate needed. I liked the way the dialogue flowed between them.
“Can’t you just trust me? Let me hold you up when you hurt. Whatever I am, I want to share it with you.”
I don’t think the ending was as exciting as I had hoped for. It’s why I didn’t rate it as a 5 star, but it was a peaceful ending. I think the book should have a sequel to truly explore what their main issues were and how they overcome them – marriage and a baby.