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I love second chance romances, and this book is right at the top with the best of them. When Hollywood star Hayes Whitely walked out of Saylor's life 10 years previously, it wasn't because he'd stopped loving her. He never intended to not return, but the Hollywood lights were a calling and he never looked back. Saylor struggled with a broken heart until eventually meeting a stuck up mummy's boy, after 6 years (during which time she got engaged) she realises she didn't love him and broke off the engagement. 6 months later when she receives an invitation to the wedding of her ex fiancé (it was literally a carbon copy of her planned wedding), she ends up going with her first love, Hayes Whitely. Well, herein starts a rollercoaster ride of love, loss, emotions, sex, promises, misunderstandings, lies, regrets and payback. Written in dual POV, it had just the fight amount of angst, along with some fun humour added in to the mix. Thoroughly enjoyable, light feel good read.
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This was a really good listen. Of course the narration was excellent and the story was just so seeet. It is not as predictable as I thought it would be and was such a loving cute story I ALMOST cried. Highly Enjoyable.
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I adore second chance at love stories and this was an absolutely fantastic one. Hayes and Saylor were high school lovers. Then he got an opportunity for his big break in Hollywood, and he left...without ever looking back at the girl he left behind brokenhearted. He did make it huge and she dealt with her heartbreak as best she could...mainly by falling for the wrong guy afterwards. But after 6 years with the wrong guy, she finally wised up and broke it off with her fiance. The problem...the ex-fiance has a very powerful family in this small town and they're ruining the business in this small town.
Now to add insult to injury, they sent her an invite to the wedding she planned, but with someone else as the bride. Saylor isn't heartbroken, but she's hurt and doesn't know how to deal with this man and his family who so obviously want to rub her nose in his new happiness. Her older brother (who's still best friends with Hayes) thinks the ultimate revenge would be to show up at the destination wedding with a much better man on her arm showing that she's moved up in the world, so he calls in a favor to Hayes, the now mega-movie star who still has a soft spot in his heart for the girl he left behind.
There was so much to love about this book, but I think my favorite was Saylor herself. She's just trying to save her bakery, Sweet Cheeks, that she loves so much. I love the dichotomy of how much the ex-fiance hated that about her vs. how much Hayes helps her embrace her love for all things cupcakes, including randomly having frosting in her hair. Hayes has made some epic mistakes with her and other parts of his life, but he's such a good guy and the two of them together are pure magic. There's no denying that they are truly soulmates who just lost their way. I love them together and how much Hayes' love for her makes her so much stronger. She's already a confident woman, but Hayes' belief in her is everything.
Note: I listened to this on audio although I have the book in print, too. (Um, hello...did you see that cover? It's worth having in print just to drool over all the pretty that is that cover.) There are dual narrators for this based upon the back and forth male/female pov. I love it when audiobooks are done that way and these two narrators are absolutely top-notch. I loved both of them and how they did both their male and female voices. I thought their styles matched perfectly and seamlessly. It was a GREAT audiobook for a great book! I highly recommend it.
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