Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Carrie Aarons is one of those go-to authors who manages to still surprise me with what she has up next for fans and readers to devour. With her latest standalone, Ghost in His Eyes, she's given us a second-chance romance that is as heartrending as it is hopeful, about three best friends, two of whom fell madly in love, but when they lost the third member of their triumvirate, everything about them changed, leaving nothing more than a love that was lost and hearts seemingly broken beyond repair. When they meet ten years later, the scars are still there--emotional and physical--but so is the love that they've never had with anyone else. But can they finally overcome their loss?
Blake Sayer and Carson Cole were young and in love, with the future at their fingertips, ready to move on to college and see where life takes them next. But all it takes is one moment--one painful event--that shatters all their dreams. Carson left and Blake remained in Carova, North Carolina. For ten years, he stayed away, and she found no reason to leave. But then Carson has returned to take his rightful place at his parents' business and at the one place he called home. He would like nothing more than to build the bridge Blake burned down years ago, but they lost so much at seventeen, and a decade later, are they prepared to confront the pain--and guilt--that still lingers?
I love a well-written and truly moving second-chance love story and Blake and Carson's tale of love and loss in Ghost in His Eyes stirred a lot of emotions within me. It would be too easy to say that Blake lost more than Carson did ten years ago, but what happened cost Carson as well--he lost his best friend, the girl he loved above everyone else, and time with his parents and his hometown. We get an idea of just how in love Carson and Blake were those years ago with flashbacks, which makes their journey of rediscovery even more meaningful. Ten years may seem like a waste, but grief has no timetable and these two found each other when they were BOTH meant to. Five stars. ♥
Release Date: 23 April 2017
Date Read: 23 April 2017
Learn more about Carrie Aarons.
Purchase Ghost in His Eyes on Amazon.