Review: Living with Regret by Riann C. Miller (Regret #1)


Note: This ebook was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Now this was a second-chance romance with a definite twist to it! Living with Regret is the first in Riann C. Miller's Regret series which may have male main characters who are football players, but it's not what I'd consider a sports romance, not that that's a good or bad thing either way. This series starter is about Jordan Taylor and Chase Adams, two teenagers who found love at sixteen, only to have one of them give up on it and walk away just they leave high school for college. Ten years later, Chase is in Arizona and is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL but after suffering yet another concussion that knocks him unconscious, he wakes up looking for his wife--Jordan. But even after a decade, all it takes is one phone call from a distraught mother to get Jordan to agree to be by Chase's side. They may not be married, and the pain that he caused when he cast her aside so he could pursue his dream of playing professional football has never fully gone away, but Jordan can't live with the knowledge she didn't help. They say the truth can set you free, but for Chase and Jordan, the truth could imprison them in regret.

Prior to this title, I had only ever read one Riann C. Miller book, Meeting the Unpredictable, which I loved, so reading and reviewing not just one but two novels was a no-brainer. I also wanted to see if my impression of her that first go-around would hold true or if she would turn out to be one of those one-hit wonders. Well, suffice it to say that she was the former, coming up with her own unique story using a familiar trope. The only guy you ever loved wakes up with retrograde amnesia that has him believing you've been married all this time and then you're asked to be there by his side and help him? Goodness, I don't know what I would have done had I been in Jordan's shoes. Yes, she loved Chase, but this was the guy who broke her, throwing away whatever dreams you once shared together in order to pursue a dream insisted upon him by his domineering father. There were a number of times that I so wanted to shake Jordan, and make her see that she wouldn't be to blame should she choose to turn his back on him like he did to her. I so cheered Lacey Davis on as she tried to made her best friend come to her senses.

Chase and Jordan's story in the book begins with their break-up when they were eighteen, but how they fell in love is told in flashbacks all throughout, so we do get an idea of just how into one another and how committed they were to each other even as teenagers. I must say that Chase was a jerk for not fighting for what he wanted most--and that was Jordan--more than once. I get how a guy thinks he's being all loving when he makes a decision that he believes is "best" for the person they love, but hello, that also comes off as insulting to the other person because it's as if you don't think they can make their own choices. Of course, that doesn't mean that Jordan doesn't make her own share of missteps in the story. These two were far from perfect and there were numerous times that they had me extremely frustrated, but I was still invested in their love story. I wanted to see if these two would buck up, stiffen their spines, and fight for their love. Their respective best friends--Lacey Davis and Jake Girard--also caught my attention and their story is told in the second book. Living with Regret is a one-of-a-kind, total five-starred read. ♥

Date Read: 22 April 2017

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