Christy Hayes writes romance and romantic women's fiction. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and Romance Writers of America Women's Fiction chapter. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
The Accidental Encoreby Christy Hayes
Optimistic Allie continues her search for love despite a disastrous relationship and a string
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Long after crushing heartbreak turned Craig Archer away from women, he calls on beautiful piano teacher Allie Graves when he’s left for two weeks to watch his niece and all hell breaks loose. Their unlikely friendship fuels an attraction they both attempt to stifle.
Optimistic Allie continues her search for love despite a disastrous relationship and a string of bad dates. She never expects to be tempted by a guy like Craig; he’s rude, crude, and his rough edges are sharp enough to draw blood.
The sparks from their smoldering attraction threaten to ignite a tortured past Craig has worked hard to smother. Allie’s fears that a relationship with Craig will end in heartbreak are about to come true when their passion forces an encore that could make or break their chance for a future.
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Craig and Allie have both experienced heartbreak in the name of love. Christy Hayes spins a tale within The Accidental Encore that allows the reader to see both sides of the coin. Allie has been hurt by actions from a previous relationship but continues to seek love with a more cautious and optimistic attitude. Craig has given up altogether on love, relationships and women. Two people with different outlooks are drawn to each other but have to work through personal issues like trust, heartbreak and betrayal. The Accidental Encore is a story delivered with sensitivity. I received a copy of this story for an honest review and will recommend it to lovers of great contemporary romance.
With The Accidental Encore, Christy Hayes continues to prove why I would read Tax Code if she wrote it! This story is sweet & charming but also very real in its plot and the emotions that evoke from the characters & for the readers. It’s about loss, misunderstandings, forgiveness, love, acceptance and deals with how Craig & Allie find their way to friendship, then love. After a first meeting that is less than desirable, Craig & Allie have a strong dislike for one another. When circumstances, beyond their control, continue to put them in each other’s path, it gets harder and harder to push their feelings of attraction aside. When they both try to deny the attraction, the animosity between them grows. After ending a very bad relationship, Allie is determined to get back in the dating scene. She refuses to let the insecurities and heartbreak, caused by her previous fiance, play a role in her life. She wants to love, to find that all encompassing connection with someone. So when, date after date, she can’t find even one person that sparks her interest, she begins to wonder if that person even exists. Craig has also suffered heartbreak in a relationship, but he feels at fault. Refusing to repeat the supposed mistakes of the past, he shuts down. The only relationship he allows himself is with his brother and niece. He never realizes how lonely he has become until his niece’s piano teacher awakens feelings he’s tried to never have again. I loved Craig & Allie together! From their acerbic first meetings, I was left wondering how they would find their way to each other. The path that Ms. Hayes had them travel was beautiful, realistic & had just enough suspense to keep me turning the page. Their feelings were tangible - indecision, joy, triumph, anger, betrayal, forgiveness, acceptance and finally love. For me, that is the mark of a great book, when as a reader, I feel everything the characters are feeling as if I were in the book myself - perfection! If there is one author that you should read this year, it’s Christy Hayes. It doesn’t matter which book, they are all phenomenal! Once you do, I’ll happily accept your “Thanks Alyssa for the amazing recommendation! I loved it.”