Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blog Tour: Wide Open Spaces - Aurora Rose Reynolds

“Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder looking more beautiful than ever standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.”

Wide Open Spaces by Aurora Rose Reynolds is LIVE!



That moment your life changes.
That moment that changes your life.
That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.
That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.
There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.

When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.

Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.

Some things never change and love is one of them.


So I went into Wide Open Spaces without any clue there was any drama surrounding the publishing.  I was quite surprised to find out there was any!  I am a sucker for second chance romances and I have enjoyed other novels by Aurora Rose Reynolds in the past so I was excited to read this.  Especially with the adoption angle, my aunt and uncle couldn’t have children and they adopted a baby when I was thirteen.  And I remember their joy when they brought my baby cousin home.  I thought it was a beautiful gift that they received.  Anyways, enough sappy stuff and down to the nitty gritty.
I really don’t get what all the hubbabalu is about.  I realize that books are fiction but I personally gave up fairy tales when I gave up pigtails and happen to like a little realism with my romance.  So it doesn’t bother me at all that BOTH Zach and Shelby had moved on in between their relationship with each other as teens and when they got together again as adults.  I don’t see how Zach’s being singled out to be the bad guy here.  Both of them made mistakes, they were both culpable.   They both made the decision to give their son up for adoption.  And when they were both grieving, Shelby left Zach high and dry for FIFTEEN years.  And in response to losing both his son and the love of his life, he reacted badly.  It’s not like she went out for a walk and he dipped his stick into her friend for a quickie, she was gone.  He was young, give the guy a break.  I know plenty of people that have done stupid stuff under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both at the same time.  Give the guy props for at least realizing he was going down a wrong road and stepping up the second time around.
I actually liked Zach better than Shelby.  The fact that she blamed him for everything for so long just bugged me, she took off on him—was he supposed to remain celibate for the rest of his life?  She didn’t.  Anyways, I thought this would be more high drama then it was.  It was pretty low angst.  The drama was gotten over pretty quickly and even the exes were pretty low-key.  Overall, it was a sweet second chance romance.  Pulitzer prize winning?  Nope.  But definitely fun to read in the evening with a glass of wine.  I just wish that ARR had delved into the history between the two more; there was a lack of depth to their story that was just out of reach.  I think it would have added to the story and enriched it.  Plus towards the end it just felt rushed, especially the epilogue.
I would definitely recommend this to fans of ARR and second chance romances.  -Peace and Love, Buxom J

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“Then why did you marry her?” I ask, wondering if I’m really ready to go there with him, but it’s too late to change my mind. The question is out, and as much as I don’t want to know the answer, I need to know the answer.
“I wanted my kids to have what I didn’t. I believed that, with time, we could find a way to be happy.”
“Maybe we shouldn’t talk about this,” I say, changing my mind as nausea and jealousy turn my stomach.
“You loved your ex, baby. I know you did. I didn’t have that. I wanted it but never had it with her or anyone else since you.”
“Please stop.” Feeling tears burn the back of my eyes for him, I close them tight. Max and I were happy and in love in the beginning, and I hate knowing Zach never had that… the kids didn’t see or feel that.
“I wish my past didn’t hurt you so much. I’m sorry for hurting you the way I have. If I could take your pain away, I would.” He gathers me against him and tucks my head under his chin.
“As sad as it makes me, I wish you would have had that with her or someone else,” I say, and his arms tighten so much that my lungs compress.
“I don’t,” he growls.
“What?” I wheeze, and he loosens his grip just enough for me to take a breath.
“I don’t want to think about what would have happened if I had been with her or someone else when you came back. I don’t want to face that demon inside of me that knows what I would have done.”
“I’ve been in love with you for almost eighteen years. I carried your missing pieces around inside me for that long, Shelby. I know it would have made me an asshole, but there is only one you. You’re the only place I’ve ever called home.” His voice is thick with emotion, and that wound inside of me fills up a little bit more. I hate his words, but a part of me is relieved he feels that way, that he feels so deeply for me.
“There’s been a wide open space inside me since we placed Samuel and I left you behind. But, from the moment I came back, it’s slowly been filling up.”
He goes quiet at my words. Several moments pass before he speaks again. “One day, that space will be full. I swear, with everything I have in me, I will make sure it’s overflowing and that you never feel empty again.”

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About the Author:

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Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.

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