Shouldn't Have You

Shouldn't Have You

by Carrie Ann Ryan

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From NYT bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan, continues a brand new series where second chances don't come often, and overcoming an unexpected loss means breaking everything you knew.

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.

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162018094
Publisher: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Series: Fractured Connections , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,394
File size: 586 KB

About the Author

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times & 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 in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn't stopped since.

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Shouldn't Have You 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous 27 days ago
these two characters harmony and Brandon have both Suffered so much in their lives from Harmony losing her husband so suddenly and also a best friend and Brendan from such a young age feeling lost and abandoned never really feeling secure to losing a friend and Business partner. Moving forward is never easy but Seeing these two over come so much to find love & trust again with each other was amazing. Carrie Ann Ryan always brings her best and this book is no different !
Anonymous 26 days ago
What+a+powerful+story.+Written+so+well+that+you+could+feel+everything+both+main+characters+were+feeling.+Harmony+really+touched+me.+Ready+to+read+the+next+in+this+series.
Anonymous 1 days ago
What+a+touching+story%21
jcresce1 16 days ago
This is a friends to lovers story, people reconnect after a death and realize they've been leaning on each other to get through the hard times. Why not see where these feelings are coming from? I cried and laughed, this whole series has all the feels in all the good ways. I loved how these characters reconnected. They need to overcome their past in order to move forward with their future.
Anonymous 16 days ago
I'm a big fan of Carrie Ann Ryan's contemporary romances, mostly because they're full of emotion and relatable characters. Her newest series, Fractured Connections, is all about what happens after. Harmony and Brendon are good friends who share several devastating losses (a mutual friend's suicide as well as the very unexpected death of Moyer, who was Harmony's husband and Brendon's business partner), and through those losses, find their relationship changing. I was actually relieved to find that "Shouldn't Have You" wasn't nearly as emotionally jarring as the first book in the series. Harmony's grief felt very real, but it wasn't overwhelming. In a way, "Shouldn't Have You" almost read as women's fiction with Harmony's examination and ultimate rejection of all the labels she's been assigned, not coincidentally attributes that define her in terms of other people - daughter, friend, wife, and later widow - and embracing herself, defining herself. I very much enjoyed this aspect of the book. Brendon was harder for me. I didn't really feel a connection with him and usually, I identify with the male characters a lot more than I do the female characters. His tragic childhood seemed almost rote. Not to say that he wasn't sympathetic or likeable, because he definitely was. I just didn't feel like I got a lot of insight into what made him tick. And I guess that is why I kind of wrestled with this book. I don't know if it's the first person dual point of view (which I'm not crazy about) or the fact that the characters are younger, but in general, I did not feel the connection with Harmony or Brendon the way I have with Carrie Ann Ryan's other characters. The first person POV, instead of pulling me into Harmony and Brendon, I found kind of isolating and "talky," though much less with her than him. Overall, though, I enjoyed "Shouldn't Have You," and would definitely recommend it for fans of slow burn, second chance novels.
Karen Baster 21 days ago
Wow! This was fantastic! A heart rending friends to lovers that totally pulled at the heart strings. There was plenty of beautiful moments between Brendon and Harmony, pulling on their friendship and developing it into so much more. A very lovely story.
Kayreader 22 days ago
To say this book is emotional is to put it mildly. Carrie Ann’s note preceding the first chapter had me tearing up and then the very first words, the very first words, in chapter one had those tears slipping down my cheek. I barely made it through two pages before I was reaching for kleenex to wipe more tears away. I hardly knew these characters and I was already an emotional wreck. So be prepared from the get go with lots of tissues because the tears kept flowing as I kept reading. What I also enjoyed, and this same ebb and flow carried out through the entire book, that while I was immersed in pain (I know why would I enjoy that, but wait…) there was still humor. Through my tears I was laughing at these light hearted moments and frankly laughing through tears is a powerful emotion. Carrie Ann wrote this book from a very personal place and the depth of the her emotions leapt off the page. Harmony Wynham is a young widow, for the first time after losing her husband, and she trying to move on with her life. It’s been a couple of years and she has finally decided to try dating again. The dating world isn’t quite as easy as she remembers, or perhaps the men she’s dating just aren’t for her. She didn’t remember it being this hard when she met her husband, but they had been friends first and things just progressed naturally. After several failed dates she wonders if she needs to focus on her friends instead, people like Brendon Connelly who have always been there for her. Nice and easy to talk to. A good friend. Brendon Connelly grew up in the foster system until he was finally adopted into the Connelly family. His childhood hadn’t been easy, but he worked hard at turning his life around. His circle of friends and adoptive brothers are his new family and there isn’t much we wouldn’t do to keep them. When Harmony’s husband dies, Brendon actually lost one of his best friends. He never thought of Harmony as anything other than just a friend before Moyer’s passing, but as time passes those feelings began to change. It became harder to stay away and keep things platonic even though he knew he should. Everyone grieves on their own timeline and everyone grieves differently. When Brendon and Harmony finally realize that it’s okay to open up and explore the feelings that have begun to grow beyond the friendship they have. To admit that they might have a future again, but to do so is by rectifying their past. Together.
Lexee9 24 days ago
I really enjoyed this story. It does a little more of a somber quality as it deals with some heavy subjects but throughout there is the hope and the moving on. Harmony lost her husband 2 years ago and her group of friends just lost one of their own. They are all reeling and trying to find their new normal. This is the second book in the series and while it can be read as a standalone there are connections to the first. This is series is about the three friends that are left after losing their fourth. They are all super close. We get more of the friends death in the first book and this one focuses more on Harmony's loss of her husband and moving on from that. Brendon is one of the Connelly brothers, which are close to the female group of friends. The two groups had drifted apart but the death of their friend brought everyone back together. This book is really well written. We really get to know the characters which I love. This book is on the darker side. It's not a light story but it is something that people can relate whether they have lost a spouse or not. We usually know someone that has and this gives an inside look to that. Brendon struggles with his past and the idiosyncrasies that he has because of it. This story flows really well and while it deals with grief and loss it always has the tinge of hope and moving on, living life. This series is different than other books that Carrie Ann Ryan has written but like all previous books, love conquers all and she definitely writes a fantastic story where you connect with the characters. I absolutely adored this story and am looking forward to getting the next book and hopefully more than just one. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
LynnB888 24 days ago
4 1/2 STARS! An emotional journey of healing and finding love again after loss! With the second book in the Fractured Connections series, we get Harmony and Brendon's stories. She lost the love of her life and has been trying to figure out who she is now that the person she was and the future she had planned has been shattered. He still suffers from the scars of his childhood, but is determined to bring his recently reunited family forward in their journey with the bar. They were friends who drifted apart and are now friends again at just the right moment when each of them needs a support system. Only when feelings start to become stronger than friendship, neither of them knows how to react. The characters were both very compelling and the story line was ripe with emotion, heartache, and that glorious road towards a new normal and a new happily ever after. I really enjoyed it and look forward to more in the series! Harmony Wynham had her world pulled out from under her in the blink of an eye when she lost her husband to a freak accident at 25. He was the love of her life, her soul mate, the person she just knew she was going to be with forever ... and then he was gone. She went through the motions like everyone expected her to, and now she's to a point where she's trying to figure out who she is without him. Brendon Connolly was childhood friends with Harmony, then he was friends with her husband. He was there when her world ended. Now another tragedy brought them back into contact and it's been great. They talk, they laugh, they enjoy each other's company, they reminisce about Moyer ... and then things start to change. How can he be feeling more than friendship with the past that they share? Is this allowed? Does she feel it too?
libgirl13 24 days ago
This is the second book in the series, but I had not read the first. I will definitely go back to read the first, but I think this book stands well on it's own. You can tell this story was written by someone who has experienced loss. It was well written and hit close to home for me in some ways as Carrie Ann wrote about grief and coming to terms with your new reality. The characters were relatable, and Harmony and Brendan quickly became real as I read their story. It made me feel and connect which I love to find in a story. Harmony and Brendan have known each other for years, even before Harmony married, and the three were all friends. After Moyer died, life changed for everyone. This is the story of Harmony adjusting to a new reality, beginning to put herself out into the world and the dating scene again, and ultimately realizing that something new has been developing without her even realizing. And Brendan has to come to terms with how he feels about an old friend, and the widow of one of his friends. How do they resolve all of the past between them and start creating a new story in the present?
Cali-Jewel 26 days ago
A beautifully heartbreaking journey filled with so may emotional twists and riveting turns. This story has it all life long friends finding that as life goes on so many things change... was a great read from beginning to end and it was a pleasure to get lost in.
WLRagan 26 days ago
Harmony’s world has been shattered by the death of her husband. She has grieved, been numb and is just starting to consider living her life again. She reconnects with an old friend, Brendon, when he comes in to the restaurant after her terrible first date post Moyer’s death. Brendon had been Moyer’s friend and business partner as well as witnessing his death. Harmony and Brendon just didn’t know how to be friends after that. Brendon suddenly sees Harmony in a different way now that she is single. Harmony turns to his friendship more and more often. Can they get past their shared love for Moyer in order to build a future? Shouldn’t Have You is like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Two people who’s lives have been changed forever learn to live again. Carrie Ann takes you on an emotional journey reliving Moyer’s death through both Harmony and Brendon’s eyes. I love her style and that this story could pull me in from the beginning and keep me holding on until the last page. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Kristi Metcalf 26 days ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book Hope you have your tissues handy for this one folks because you will need them! Next up in our Fractured Connections group is Harmony and Brendon. Harmony, at such a young age, has now dealt with two huge losses; the sudden death of her husband and now the death of one of her best friends. Brendon and Harmony were friends in school, her husband was his business partner, and they are learning to be friends again. Brendon is someone who did not have a great home life until Jack and Rose and even though he had a better life after those early years did a number on him. Harmony has started dating again, much to her dismay, and is only happy with her dates when she talks to Brendon afterwards. Brendon has secret feelings for Harmony but feels that he is not good enough for her for several reasons of which I will not go into because you gotta read the book!!! LOL!!! Both characters are very well written and makes you have tons of feelings for them. I love the way they develop from friends to more than friends, its something for her that is just like “there you are, where have you been”. For him it was like “ I love her but she can do so much better,” yes he had feeling for her but they didn’t come about until after the death of her husband There is sooooo much to say about this book but I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Ryan has once again wrote a beautiful story grounded in real life. If you know anything about Carrie Ann Ryan you know this one hit close to home, but as she says in the Author’s note this is not her story this is Harmony’s and I think Harmony, Brendon and Moyer justice.
Pebbles92 26 days ago
Shouldn't Have You is Book 2 of the Fractured Connections series by Carrie Ann Ryan. It stands perfectly fine on its own although we do meet the characters in Book 1 along with the backstory. So while it's not necessary, I highly recommend reading Book 1 so you can understand the full dynamic of their relationship. We had gotten a teaser into the spark between Brendon and Harmony in Book 1 and this story certainly did not disappoint. This story pulls at the heart as Brendon struggles after witnessing with his friend's death (Harmony's husband) and both of them try hard to deny the connection between them. Overall this was an amazing story of learning to love again after a devastating loss.
Tam 27 days ago
Another great Read by Carrie Ann Ryan (CAR). Fractured Connections is an interesting & challenging series - not your normal CAR. Although it's a challenging subject matter it's definitely still at the caliber we've come to expect from CAR. Looking forward to next books in the series!
CrystalsBookWorld 27 days ago
Shouldn't Have You broke me and had me crying tears that seemed endless. The words Carrie gives us melts into our soul and you will literally feel the pain and heartache the characters endure. So when I met Harmony and Brendon, I truly thought they were only meant to stay as friends. As the story progressed, I saw more and a friendship that took on more. Brendon was a protector first, but demons from his past will be his uphill battle. Harmony was my hero. I loved her endurance for life and kicking it back in the when she needed to. This story hits close to home and for some, it a story they have lived before. Shouldn't Have You is waking up from mourning. It is not forgetting the past and pain, its the acceptance and the will to live on. Carrie has brought so much emotion and life to the story, you will be transported into their world. A world that you want to persevere with the rest of the characters. If you have experience loss, whether in death or life in general, you have to have this book om your shelf! MUST READ!!!
Khrista1029 27 days ago
Shouldn't have You was an emotional story about two people trying to find themselves after trauma. I found myself routing for these two, they both are strong in different ways, both sometimes care more about others happiness than their own. Brendan Connolly is the oldest of the Connolly clan and feels the weight of trying to make sure his brothers are all ok. They were separated while Cameron was in California and he has regrets about how he handled it, they are trying to be the family that Jack and Rose would have wanted. Brendan had a hard childhood, his mother died when he was very young so he was left with his father. His father, however, was a drunk and a drug addict who often sold his son for drugs. Brendan also had the misfortune of watching his best friend die right in front of him. Plagued by nightmares of his youth and Moyer's death had his feeling at a loss, like he is a constant failure. Harmony Wynham was a widow at 25, it was the hardest thing she has ever faced. Harmony feels that she is ready to finally try dating again so one of her friends set her up on a few blind dates that turned out to be disasters! Harmony is having second thoughts or maybe she just is not good at the whole dating thing. She has her charity work and her friends, did she really need to date? If she was honest, yes, she was lonely, she wants companionship, that isn't to much to ask for. Harmony and Brendan have been friends along time, she leans on him a lot, he is always there for her no matter what. Through most of Shouldn't Have You Brendan struggles with his feelings for Harmony, she was married to his best friend for goodness sakes! But he cant help it, he is in love with her. This could end in disaster, what is she didn't feel the same? what if it didn't work out? they run in the same circle it could cause a lot of friction. I loved this story, its raw and full of emotion. the ending however makes it all worth while.
Rainn2978 27 days ago
This is book 2 in the Fractured Connections series and can absolutely be read as a stand alone although I recommend reading the first book so you can understand the relationships between the different characters. This one is about Harmony and Brendon. Harmony and Brendon have known each other since they were young and were always friends. They grew apart after what happened with Harmony's husband, but with the death of their friend Allison, it has spurred them to become closer than before. Harmony and Brendon have both had struggles but now they have to figure out what they mean to each other and whether to allow their new normal to be what it could be. I absolutely loved this story. Harmony (and Brendon) have been through so much and this is such a poignant story. Just reading about all the different things that Harmony works through will bring you to tears. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil it. But it will definitely make you feel all the emotions and realize just how much people work through when they lose the person who means the most to them. I loved it!!
jennifer315 27 days ago
Brendan and Harmonys story was just beautiful. Watching these two find their way really got to me. Backstory is that Harmony and Brendan shared a history of friendship with each other. Harmony's husband Moyer was also a friend and business partner with Brendan. Moyer died in a random accident a couple years prior to this story. Brendan and Harmony have mourned the loss of Moyer and have also rekindled their friendship. You see this whole evolution from friendship to deep love in this book.
the_gleam 27 days ago
Shouldn't Have You was a roller coaster of happy emotions for me. I was happy for Harmony and Brendon even when I was sad. Their story was one where a solid friendship and comfort was met with so much more when needed. I loved that they didn’t need to struggle with each other. They only needed to find comfort with themselves, to face the future. This book was just a generally feel good story for me. I wanted the best for them. And while life wasn’t perfect, they got each other.
Anonymous 27 days ago
No Spoilers!!! I don't like it ruined for me, so I'm not going to ruin it for you!!! A group of friends grow older & lose touch like so many of us do. Tragedy brings these friends back together. This is the 2nd story in this emotional series by Carrie Ann Ryan, but it is a HEA. This time around, we have Harmony & Brendon. They have been friends since they were kids. This is the story of how 2 people that feel that they shouldn't be together actually find their way together & realize that it is their HEA. This was an emotional journey for them & us as the reader, but there is so much joy & laughter along the way, too! I can't wait for for book #3 - Falling With You!!!!
Coffee_Books_Life 27 days ago
Carrie Ann Ryan continues to pull on the heartstrings and emotions with the second book of the Fractured Connections Series, Shouldn’t Have You. Harmony’s life is not what she thought it would be. Her psyche and soul are damaged after the loss of not only her best friend, also her partner in live. She’s trying, even when it epically fails her. Harmony brushes it off and gets back up. She looking to fill something she’s missing in life, but Harmony is maybe not looking at all the options. Brendon, too, is picking up the pieces of his past and trying to get on track. He has also felt the loss of losing a friend. Brendon is amazing. Sweet and caring, knows how to be a true friend and is loyal. As his feelings develop, he gentle and respectful. Brendon is what I call one of the good ones. Shouldn’t Have You is about healing and moving on with and within love. Learning to love again and finding oneself. It’s a fantastic friends to lovers story but so much more. Harmony and Brendon are going to take you on a emotional ride. Intense, raw and real. Ms. Ryan captures the essence of the emotions and transcribes this tale into a journey of healing and love. Mending what’s broken, nurturing what hurt and embracing something or someone new. That’s what Shouldn’t Have You was for me. Warring: Tissues may be needed.
DarGee 27 days ago
This book was rich with emotion. Full, deep, soul-touching emotions. There was no turning away from it, you didn’t want to, so you dove in, and it washed over you, through you, and took you over. And you felt it, all of it, with Harmony, with Brendon. Their pain, their confusion, their happiness, their despair, their hope. It wasn’t what you read, you felt it. I thought I was emotionally prepared from this book, but I wasn’t. It gutted me, and it lifted me up. I loved every feeling, every teardrop, every chuckle. I want everyone to read this book, so they can feel, really feel, all of it as well. This book is a masterpiece of emotions, and an amazing story, of losing, finding, accepting, and just being true to yourself in the now. That there is no perfection, but there is a life worth living, if you let yourself
Ana94 27 days ago
When I started reading I couldn't put it down.Carrie Ann Ryan is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.
TCpisi 27 days ago
Another great book by Carrie Ann Ryan!!! A wonderful love story with amazing characters with so much to overcome! A must read!