I've been many things in my life: daughter, friend, student, lover, wife…and now, widow. Getting past those labels and finding who I could be without them was the hardest thing I've ever done.
Then I became friends with Brendon Connolly.
Every time I look at him, I see a past, I see a present, and I’m afraid if I look too hard, I’ll see a future.
I've known Harmony Wynham since before she got married. Before she lost everything. I didn’t know that one day she wouldn’t be just my friend but the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
Only I don't think that can happen.
Not when every time she looks at me, she sees what she lost, and I can only see what I can't overcome.
I love her, even though I shouldn't. Somehow, we need to find a balance.
Because if we don't, walking away will be the hardest thing I've ever done—even if it's the only thing I should do.
Shouldn’t Have You Is the second installment to the Fractured Connections series. Both of the books in this series can be read as standalones however, I did feel a little lost at times. I have not read Breaking Without You but after reading this one I feel like I should.
Harmony and Brendon both carry the guilt of the loss of Moyer. They both knew each other before Moyer came into the picture but Harmony pushed everyone away after the death of her husband because it was a constant reminder. She is trying to find herself and who she now when Brendon falls back into her life.
I did like the book and thought that Ms Ryan has a beautiful writing style. It was intense and broke my heart. The authors note at the beginning of the book really tore me up. I can’t imagine losing my husband, he is my world. My heart goes out to those who have lost their universe and I pray they find it again.
Also available in audio
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Releasing July 16, 2019
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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.
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