Then Came You: A Laws of Attraction Novel

Then Came You: A Laws of Attraction Novel

by Kate Meader

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Overview

In the courtroom, they’re rivals. In the bedroom, they’re . . . divorced. But could the road trip from hell lead to a second chance at love?
 
“I love Kate Meader’s books!”—Kelly Jamieson
 
Aubrey Gates is the hottest divorce lawyer in Chicago, a barb-tongued stiletto with legs that go on for miles. When her cool gray eyes meet mine across the battlefield, I want her like I’ve never wanted anyone or anything. Then I remember who she is: the woman who brought me to my knees. The woman who destroyed my faith in relationships.
 
The woman I used to call . . . wife.
 
And she needs a favor from me, Grant Lincoln.
 
It seems my ex forgot to mention the demise of our marriage to her dear old grammy, and now we’re both expected to attend her ninetieth birthday party. In Boston. And because it isn’t already awkward enough, Aubrey and I are driving there together from Chicago. That’s more than a thousand miles of tension, heartbreak, and barely concealed lust.
 
A little piece of paper might say we’re over, but this road trip is the true test. I intend to get my wife back . . . and I won’t stop until “I do.”

Kate Meader’s super-sexy Laws of Attraction novels can be read together or separately:
DOWN WITH LOVE • ILLEGALLY YOURS • THEN CAME YOU

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984820297
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Series: Laws of Attraction , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 6,114
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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I hate weddings.

I especially hate friends’ weddings. However, I have a peculiar fondness for the groom in this one, Max Henderson, and his girl. Charlie is exactly what he needs—sharp, stylish, and willing to go toe to toe with his entitled self. But the last thing I need right now is a happy fest when I’d much rather curl up with my kitty, sip on a nice Glenfiddich, and binge-watch Midsomer Murders. (I have a crush on Tom Barnaby, which probably means my daddy issues are showing atrociously.)

It would look odd if I didn’t put in an appearance. Max and I have just figured out how to be friendly again—his fiancée helped—and I really do want to be supportive. Slipping into the church, I reason that I can stay for the ceremony, kiss both parties hello, and skedaddle before the ink is dry on the marriage register.

The pews are full to bursting, but I can make out an empty spot fourth row from the top, exactly where I suspect Max’s friends are situated. I inhale deeply. Here goes. Moving closer, I spot the back of Trinity’s head and slide into the seat beside her.

“Hey, princess,” Lucas, Trinity’s boyfriend and one of Max’s law firm partners, says with a cheeky grin, while I try to avoid looking beyond him along the pew. If I can’t see the problem, it doesn’t exist. Tunnel vision will get me through.

Frowning, Trinity touches my upper arm, right above the neon pink cast on my forearm sitting in a matching sling. “Are you okay? What happened?”

“Just me being a dumbass.” I squint at the line of hats in front of me, marveling at how Chicagoans at a wedding in November think they’re at Royal Ascot. I cast a glance over my shoulder. “Maybe I should sit back there.”

No sooner are the words out of my mouth than the air shifts.

“What happened?” a dark voice grits out.

Looking up, I find Grant Lincoln—Max’s other partner—staring at me from his place at Lucas’s right, the spot I’ve been avoiding since I parked my ass in this pew. Though it’s more like he’s sitting on Lucas’s lap in an effort to impose himself. His brown hair, tinged with red, is tousled far too early in the day’s proceedings. Perhaps he was nervous at the thought of running into me, but that notion doesn’t bear up in the face of midnight blue eyes plundering my aplomb, pirate style.

How unfair that the sight of him should steal my breath every time.

“None of your business.”

“How did you get here? Because it looks like you can’t drive.”

“Big city, Grant. Lots of cabs.”

A muscle ticks in his jaw. If I wasn’t already so annoyed at being interrogated, I would be appreciating the hell out of that dancing muscle. My ex-husband’s not traditionally handsome. People might call him thuggish, even, an image he cultivates to his advantage in court. He’s a big guy, broad-shouldered and barrel-chested, with a husky voice and attitude to match. When Grant held me in his arms, I felt wrapped in him in the best possible way.

That fuzzy-jagged feeling I get whenever I think of being enveloped in the world that is Grant’s arms takes a flying leap through the church’s stained-glass windows at his next barked query.

“What are you going to do about going home for Thanksgiving, Bean? Unless you’re suddenly okay with flying.”

My heart skips at the nickname. At least two years have gone by since I heard it pass his lips. On the day he told me he couldn’t do this anymore. Do us.

“Nothing for you to worry about,” I shoot back.

“You don’t like flying?” Trinity asks, all concern. She’s the nicest person.

“Um, no.” Terrified, actually. “But I’ll figure it out.”

Grant snorts. Oh, he thinks he knows everything.

Lucas waves a hand between us. “Would you two like to sit together?”

“Certainly not!”

“Hell, no!”

I’ll break my other arm before I voluntarily sit beside Grant Roosevelt Lincoln.

Trinity convinces me to stay for the reception. As I don’t want Grant thinking he’s driven me away, I channel my mother and pin on my high society smile. Of course we’re sitting at the same table, separated by Lucas and Trinity, who are unbelievably cute together.

“So, princess, spill,” Lucas says after feeding Trinity a sliver of roasted potato. “Tell us how you broke your arm.”

“Oh, y’know. Some idiot kept asking me dumb questions and I lashed out and hit his giant British head. The usual.”

Lucas rolls his eyes, clearly enjoying my dig. He’s a funny, egotistical Brit himself. “You need to make up a better story than that, Aubs. Say you tripped over your cat while vacuuming naked.”

“Why do you assume I have a cat?”

Grant makes a choking sound. If only.

“Something to say, Lincoln?”

“That thing still alive?”

“Yes, Cat Damon is alive and well, surviving on spite.”

“Cat Damon?” Trinity asks. “That’s adorable.”

“It’s a joke.” I catch Grant’s gaze, piercingly blue and unerringly focused on me. “Or someone’s idea of one.”

Despite naming my cat, Grant barely tolerated the ball of grump, and my kitty hated him right back. Neither of them liked being in competition for my affection. Don’t let Mr. Lincoln’s southern gentleman demeanor fool you. The lumbering giant with the syrupy voice is the most cutthroat competitor I know, especially in the bedroom.

Three for one was his rule. Three of my orgasms for every one of his. And if he thought I couldn’t go the distance, he’d forgo his own. One night I tried faking number three because I was worried he might have a hernia if he didn’t get off. He only punished me with two more.

I miss those Grant-given orgasms.

More than that, I miss—no, we won’t be taking that trip down memory lane.

The night goes on. Heartfelt speeches. The first dance. Wedding cake in the kisser. It’s all lovely, really, and in time, my curmudgeon self melts away in the face of all the hope and love on display. I can’t leave without wishing them well, so I sidle up to Charlie while Max is getting an earful from a woman who looks like his grandmother.

“Nice catch, friend,” I whisper in her ear.

“Aubrey!” She turns and hugs me, clearly tipsy on life, love, and Dom Pérignon. “I’ve been trying to cut my way through the hordes to get to you and your broken limb. What happened?”

“You wouldn’t believe me if I told you,” I say mysteriously.

She eyes me, and I pray that the alcohol won’t compel her to give advice I neither want or need. Perhaps she senses my desire to keep it at a surface level, for her next words are neutral. “Those two next, I think.” She nods at the dance floor, where Lucas and Trinity are swaying to Tony Bennett.

“Probably. They had a rough time of it and miraculously made it out the other side.”

“The deepest love affairs take work.” She pauses. “You know, I’m here—”

“I know!” I plaster on a clown smile. Everyone assumes I’m miserable since my divorce, which was over a year ago. And we were on the rocks for a year before that. I’ve had plenty of time to get over Grant.

It’s the failure that swirls around me like a fog that I can’t abide.

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Then Came You: A Laws of Attraction Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
nelriv 3 days ago
This is the third book in the series and am assuming the last one in it since Grant was the last guy in this trio's group. I hope you have started from the beginning because past characters make appearances and are mentioned a couple of times. So we have been waiting on Grant and Aubrey's story since we were teased with it in Max' s and Charlie's book and then again in Lucas. I have to say that it wasn't what I was expecting, not that I didn't enjoy it but I guess I thought that I would have been rooting for them and honestly I didn't like Aubrey and wanted Grant to meet someone who was worthy of him. I get that she didn't feel loved but it was time for her to either get help and move on. Grant was a sweetheart and he loved her and he was hurting too the difference was that he actually wanted them to get help and she didn't and here she is a tough woman just not when she needed to be. I loved her grandmother and I even liked how everything worked out with her mom. The book was a sad story and eventually I am glad that everything worked out because I truly truly wanted Grant to be happy. Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.
UpAllNightBB 5 days ago
4 Stars Review by Lisa Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Then Came You is the third book in the Laws of Attraction series by Kate Meader. It is the best one yet!!! Emotional, powerful, funny, sexy, steamy and so much more. I love this: "A little piece of paper might say we're over, but this road trip is the true test, I intend to get my wife back...and I won't stop until "I do." This can be read as a standalone but because of the three male best friends, it will be more enjoyable to read them in order. Other friends we have grown to love make appearances and still have the ability to make you swoon. No one knows why Grant and Aubry divorced. The separation is not easy since both are big league divorce attorneys that work in the same building and have the same friends When fate puts them in the same pew, Grant can't control himself any longer. He wants her back, he just doesn't know how. When a road trip arises, he jumps in with both feet and prays that it works. He knows Aubry better than anyone, but when conversations finally start happening, can they both handle the truths? The emotions? Can they put all their pieces back together again? Or, find the closure they both need to move on? READ it because even though you know the story line, you really don't!!!
JM Free Kicks Fiction 6 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this second-chance romance, because it had a different feel to it than many others. I liked how the author didn’t allow the reader to know precisely what had happened the first time around right away; instead, it unfolded gradually. The slow roll-out of the facts made the actual revelation of what had caused Grant and Aubrey’s break up more of a gut punch. It also gave the reader more of an insight into each of their characters. I loved the juxtaposition of their childhoods (Aubrey’s family is sooo messed up) and thought that the characters remained true to themselves throughout the book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a smart second-chance romance. Visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks Fiction Reviews for other reasons this book stands out from others in the genre. This review was written based on a pre-release digital ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group (Loveswept) via NetGalley.
Theresakerch-28 7 days ago
A great read Loved this book, I could not put it down. Kate Meader didn’t disappoint. I loved the story because it is so easy to believe that it would happen. Aubrey and Grant were meant for each other in opposites way and they had a perfect relationship but life happens and everything falls apart. You can see the hurt that they are going though but of course they are each blaming their self and not telling the other one what they are really thinking and feeling. I loved that they finally were honest with each other towards the end and started to work things else. I am looking forward to finding other great reads from Kate Meader.
Laura_F 10 days ago
Over all of the books of this series, I have been the most curious about Aubrey and Grant. Why did their marriage end, can they come back from divorce, if they still love one another how could they break up? All of these questions have been burning in my mind over the past year while waiting for their book to be published and their story was definitely worth the wait. Marriage is hard and sometimes there are things that make it seem like it can't go on. Maybe one partner thinks the other can do better, maybe they don't communicate enough, maybe there are outside stressors that push them apart. I loved that Grant and Aubrey's story was an honest, real, and raw look at how hard a marriage can be and I loved that even though they had divorced, their love for each other was still completely obvious. I have loved all of the books in the Laws of Attraction series but Then Came You is definitely my favorite!!
Esss 10 days ago
Aubrey and Grant Roosevelt Lincoln’s explained divorce features in Kate Meader’s Then Came You two years after said divorce: second chance plot line for those of you who can’t waste their time reading beyond this point. I was confused reading this conclusion to Meader’s trilogy of Laws of Attraction. The writing style completely stumped me; at times the characters broke through the fourth wall and would talk directly to the reader (by saying you and y’all) and then go back to a first-person style. I was further irked by all of this blame for the marriage ending from both Aubrey and Grant towards Aubrey. It wasn’t just Aubrey’s fault for their so-called rock-solid marriage’s failure— it takes two to kill a marriage and when something traumatic happens it’s even more devastating to a seemingly solid couple. Aubrey and Grant used sex as a way to forgo talking about the reason for their divorce and don’t fully communicate about their failure until the very end of the book and I am internally eye rolling at this plot device to prolong the inevitable. Ultimately I thought this book— which takes place within three days— could have been better served as a novella, done with more communication between characters, less sex-focused, and stymie the drama that takes place with Aubrey’s family (I really felt like that went nowhere slowwwly). While everyone in this book, including Grant himself AND Aubrey seem to think Grant is perfect and deserves better, I personally did not perceive Grant as perfect, mostly because I thought it was completely egomaniacal of him to think he deserved better than Aubrey when he would continually (physically) run away and put distance between both of them! Then Came You was not the worst of the Laws of Attraction trilogy, but the repetitious arguments made it feel like a shrug that caused permanent shoulder damage. I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
TracyFritts1974 10 days ago
II truly enjoyed reading about Aburey and Grant. It was a page turner and kept my interest. I thought it was an emotional and intense read. It was was well written and a good storyline. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.
whatsbetterthanbooks 11 days ago
Sincere, steamy, and emotional! Then Came You is a heartwarming, second-chance romance between the intelligent, handsome Grant and the stubborn, fiery Aubrey as they discover that the heart wants who the heart wants and that some things are definitely worth the fight. The writing is clear and genuine. The characters are determined, spirited, and troubled. And the plot told from alternating POVs is a heartfelt tale full of familial drama, loss, love, grief, friction, miscommunication, self-reflection, appreciation, acceptance, forgiveness, new beginnings, and searing romance. Overall, Then Came You is another sweet, playful, sexy read by Meader with characters you can’t help but root for and a swoon-worthy ending that leaves you smitten, satisfied, and hoping for more.
JennieF 11 days ago
ARC for honest review with no compensation Received from NetGalley Then Came You is book 3 in the Law’s of Attraction series by Kate Meader and as this is my first book by this author I will certainly be reading more of her books!! Aubrey Gates and Grant Lincoln, two high-powered attorneys have more in common than most... they were married to one another but circumstances saw the demise of their relationship. Now two years later Aubrey needs to attend her grandmother‘s 90th birthday party only Aubrey hasn’t told her grandmother that she and Grant are divorced. Grant offers to drive her from Chicago to Boston... only time will tell if these two can find their second chance at love and happily ever after...
Donatelli 11 days ago
Aubrey and Grant were the power couple that everyone envied and wanted to be, beautiful and handsome, perfect together, and happily married, until they weren’t. Then Came You is the third book in the Laws of Attraction Series written by Kate Meader. I have read the first book in this series and liked it very much, but somehow I missed the second book. However, as luck would have it, I have had the pleasure to read the third book. This book was a quick read, well written and kept me interested with some well-placed surprises. The characters are well developed, some I liked and others not so much. Then Came You is a second chance romance with a lot of family drama, sexual tension, heartache, and love with a bit of comedy thrown in. Grant and Aubrey suffered a terrible loss during their marriage that they were unable to work through. Now, two years later, divorced, they are still fighting the attraction they have for each other. Let us start with Grant, whom I love. Grant Roosevelt Lincoln or as Aubry called him, Georgia, grew up poor, raised by a teenage single mom who’s love and devotion turned him into a true southern gentleman. Grant is not just good-looking and smart, but he is kindhearted, reliable, strong and loving. Aubrey is a whole different story; she grew up in the upper crust of Boston society. She is closed off, distant, self-absorbed, and at the same time insecure. There were times I felt like taking Aubry by the shoulders and shaking her and saying wake the cluck up, open your eyes; you have a fantastic guy standing right in front of you. She not only has daddy issues, but mommy issues too, and ouch, they have messed her up. So, in a way I felt sorry for her, she didn't know how to love Grant. I would be amiss if I did not mention Aubrey’s grandmother Libby, she was somewhat of a quirky grand lady that I thoroughly enjoyed. Reading Grant and Aubrey’s journey was a real romantic rollercoaster of a ride. So many beautiful parts and other parts just tore me apart. If you love second chance romances, this is a good one, and you won’t want to miss it. These books can be read independently of one another, but I can honestly say they are all worth reading and I do plan to go back and read the second book in this series. Happy Reading! ***I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion .***
ViperSpaulding 11 days ago
Beautiful story about finding a way through tragedy This isn't your typical second chance romance. We're starting the story after the tragedy, after their divorce, but all of that is covered as Aubrey and Grant peel back all the protective layers around their hearts to figure out if they've even got a chance to make things work. This is a wonderful story about the sacrifices of self necessary to make two people function as one. Highly emotional yet laced with wit and intelligence, this romance will have you believing in true love once again. As the final book in the series, it also gives us updates on the previous couples and a heartwarming extended epilogue. Very nicely done. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Robindpdx 11 days ago
This was an entertaining, well-written contemporary romance. Aubrey is a successful divorce lawyer - and so is her ex-husband, Grant. She needs to go home for her grandmother's birthday party, but hasn't told her grandmother about her divorce. They drive from Chicago to Boston together, and everything boils over. These two were so great together! There were a full range of emotions from sadness, to heartbreak, to grief, to lust, to fun, to love. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books by this author.
FromTheSouth 12 days ago
Kate Meader never fails to make my day, folks. With each new release, she gives me another reason to fall in love all over again, thanks to each new engaging romantic storyline and main couples I can’t help but root for. Then Came You was no exception. Having met Aubrey and Lincoln in the previous two books, I was well acquainted with the smoldering, unspoken chemistry and heated “I dare you to even look me in the eye” tension each time those two destined to reconcile knuckleheads were in the same room. What I wasn’t expecting was their painful, emotional rollercoaster past and the river of relationship angst that soon engulfed them. Grant Lincoln is a straight shooter. He may come across as a strong, silent type, southern gentleman, with broad shoulders sturdy enough to carry the weight of the world, but he also still has a secret, super soft spot for Aubrey. Considering his calm, cool, collected demeanor in the past, I was surprised yet delighted to see him become very emotional and wear his heart on his sleeve when push came to shove. Fortunately for Aubrey, he is also very patient and determined once he made up his mind to give love a second chance. Aubrey is a fixer. She’s the go to person who can make things happen, especially in the courtroom. However, she’s walking around feeling like a shell of person. Thanks to her hot mess of a complicated family, she’s always looking over her shoulder expecting the worst. In order for Grant to win this war of words and her heart back, he’s got his work cut out for him. Knowing Aubrey even better than herself is half the battle, but it will take both of them lowering the walls around their heart and surrendering to a vulnerability and pain they’ve tried to bury for years. It will be the only way healing and forgiveness of themselves can finally begin. I don’t know what will come next, but rest assured, this reviewer can’t wait for the next romantic journey Ms. Meader has planned for us. She remains one of my favorite all time romance authors. Whether it be in the kitchen, hockey rink, fire station, or courtroom, she knows how to serve up hot sizzly romance with real couple connections that lead to romantic HEAs. Title: Then Came You, Series: Laws of Attraction (Book 3), Author: Kate Meader, Pages: NL, stand-alone but part of a series, cameos of previous book characters, ex-spouses to back together again, both divorce lawyers, both stayed celibate during long separation, lots of relationship angst, shared silent secret heartache, HEA. Book 1 - Down With Love (Charlotte & Max), Pages: 237 Book 2 - Illegally Yours (Trinity & Lucas), Pages: 228 Book 3 - Then Came You (Aubrey & Grant), releases 5/7/19 Other series: Hot in the Kitchen (chef backdrop), Hot in Chicago (firefighter based), Chicago Rebels (hockey theme) (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
SmutCrazy 12 days ago
Aubrey and Grant were married for seven years, the last two were extremely difficult. Now they are divorced and both of them are regretting it. Both are divorce lawyers and often are in opposite sides in the courtroom. When Aubrey miscarried, she lost it and withdrew from Grant. Not knowing how to reach Aubrey, he also withdrew and agreed to the divorce. Two years later and she’s all he can think about. Now he has an opportunity, Drive her from Chicago to her family home in Boston for Thanksgiving. Oh did I mention that Aubrey is afraid to fly, so that’s where I come in to save the day and try to get her back. Aubrey was brought up in a wealthy life style, and a dysfunctional family. A father that constantly cheated on her mother, and a mother that was cold and distant, raised her to be independent. Instead of working in the family business, she stayed in Chicago after graduating from Northwestern Grant wants to be there for Aubrey when she visits her parents. They are currently going thru a divorce but neither one wants to move out, making this a category five visit. Knowing this, makes Grant extremely happy he will be there to support Aubrey. Hoping that on their drive they can talk and hopefully start to mend the hurt they went thru. I love everything Kate Meader writes.. it was a pleasure meeting her at the Romance Writers Conventions in Las Vegas a few years ago. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Noire 12 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Then Came You is third book in Kate Meader’s Laws of Attraction series about the partners in a Chicago Law firm. It can be read as a stand-alone but I enjoyed the series and recommend them all. This story explores rebuilding a marriage that foundered after a miscarriage. Divorce Lawyers Aubrey Gates and Grant Lincoln were college sweethearts, but their marriage did not survive losing a child. When Aubrey is injured and unable to drive to Boston for thanksgiving, Grant volunteers to drive her in the hopes that spending the time together will allow them to rekindle their relationship. Aubrey all ready on edge because she’s never really felt accepted by her family reluctantly agrees. I very much enjoyed this story, following along with Aubrey and Grant as they find their way back to each other. Medium Steam. Publishing Date May 7, 2019 #NetGalley #ThenCameYou #KateMeader #RandomHousePublishing #LoveSwept
Lorizen 12 days ago
Intense and emotional read, ride along with Aubrey and Lincoln as they make the trip of their lives. Kate Meader really knocked me for an emotional loop with this incredible story. Aubrey (Bean) and Grant Lincoln, met in college, onto law school, married and now divorced for about a year. Both still practice and have mutual friends and often sit on opposite sides of the courtroom. They make an amazing couple, and couldn't be more different. Aubrey is from a snobby, upper crust, old money family from Boston and Lincoln raised in Georgia by his loving, single mother, the two of them on their own. Made him the better man I can say with all certainty and you'll see that throughout the book. His Mom remarries later in life and Lincoln now has a younger sister as well. When a life changing event in their marriage causes Aubrey to withdraw from Grant and sink into the depths below the pit of despair, and after months of trying, Grant can no longer cope with things. He's trying to manage his own emotions and Aubrey continues to shut him out. So he leaves and their subsequent divorce. Bean feels he's better off. Neither have gotten over the other, but she continually denies her own grief and loss. This story takes off when Aubrey who is afraid to fly is faced with going home for her Grandmother's big birthday and the Thanksgiving holidays. She has no ride and can't take their psycho cat on the train, Grant reminds her. His solution is to offer to drive her their and act as a much needed buffer between her and her mother in particular. Grandma is a peach and has always been good to both of them. Aubrey's mother is one cold blitch that no one really likes. Aubrey has always been a less than in that household which we learn as the story unfolds. She also spills to Grant that she hasn't told her family they are divorced yet, especially Grandma. Afraid to be seen as yet another failure. Grant has half a plan and if spending a few days in a car with Bean and the cat will help him, he's onboard. Let the charades begin! Aubrey wins the best avoidance of the year award from me, and Grant her perfect match! I loved the banter between these two, Grant's firm, unapologetic approach with Bean and also with her family. The two finally relax somewhere between Chicago and Boston, couple nights in a motel with the cat. Aubrey still at odds with telling her Grandma after her big birthday bash that she and Grant are no longer together. Aubrey is tense once they arrive, Grant has the best way to smooth Bean's ruffled feathers. Not the first time he's seen her treated like she doesn't belong and doesn't measure up and she's trying to keep up pretenses and it's getting harder. Grant continues to nudge Bean in the direction he desires for them both. Things come to a head one night and please pass the tissue. Aubrey is faced with a choice. And did I ever hold my breath did see what she would do. Kate has written two very real to life characters, in very real to life circumstances and the messy outcome of what happens when unresolved, unaddressed grief is tossed into the mix between two people who clearly love each other but can no longer co exist in that never-ending emotional shut down. I loved these two and they were perfect together, their easy banter and clearly they love and adore each other. I'd give this more than 5 stars if it were up to me. It's an absolute must read, it's one of those books that anyone can read regardless if they've been through the sam
Kindle_Loving_Mom 12 days ago
Gah! This book! This entire series has been 5 stars for me, and clearly this author knows how to get to me. I put off reading this book, even though I've had it for quite a while. I have a love/hate relationship with second chance romance, and how it makes me feel. THE ANGST! It's just not my favorite. But, I should have known to trust this author, and her awesome words. Aubrey Gates is a mess. She has a complicated, stiff-upper-lip type family, and she is just not very in touch with expressing her emotions. She's a great divorce lawyer, but her own marriage failed when she couldn't open up about a devastating loss. She never told her grandmother, her most beloved and favorite family member, about the divorce, and now Libby's turning 90 over Thanksgiving weekend, and Aubrey has to go back to Boston. But, Aubrey's broken her arm, and can't drive. She also has an older cat who doesn't like to be left alone. And Aubrey's afraid of flying. So, what's a girl to do? Apparently, allow her ex-husband to drive her to Boston from Chicago, and attend her gram's birthday, as if they never split. Grant Lincoln is a great divorce lawyer. He is partners with Max and Lucas (the heroes of books 1 & 2, respectively) in their own firm, and he loves his job. He was always top of his class, and the law has always come easy to him. He's from Georgia, but he came to Chicago for law school and never left. He was raised by a teenage single mom, and she loves him fiercely, as he does her. He doesn't understand acting like feelings aren't there, or leaving things unsaid. He never wanted a divorce, but he didn't see any other way. Aubrey was always his dream, and when the hurt was too much, he didn't know what to do, except for let go. It's been 2 years since they separated, and it has only just started to get a little easier to see her. When the opportunity arises for him to be alone in the car with her, and her crazy cat, for 3 days, he jumps at it. He just knows with a little time, and forced proximity, he can make her see that they can still heal things. Grant and Aubrey's loss weighed heavily on me, as I've had a pregnancy loss myself. It was early on, but it still hurts. They had different ways of dealing with their grief, and they both felt guilt over the loss, and if there was something they could've done differently to prevent it. Grant wanted to talk through it, and go to counseling, while Aubrey wanted to act like it never happened. Neither of them could participate in the other's process the way they wanted to, due to the differences, and finally it caused them to break. Aubrey always felt she didn't deserve Grant, and their loss just seemed to reinforce that idea for her. Grant only ever wanted Aubrey, and when she pulled away emotionally after the miscarriage, he kept trying to reel her back in, only to feel her slipping through his fingers. Grant and Aubrey still had chemistry like whoa, and watching them reconnect was bittersweet. They really needed to be talking, but sex opened up their emotional connection again, which led to some big revelations. Their connection was hard to deny, and when they finally opened up fully, some things were revealed that hurt them even more, but healed them too. While this story was painful, it was also sweet, and sexy, and fulfilling. I laughed, and cried, and sighed, and felt ALL THE FEELS. Kate Meader always brings me all the feels, and I'll never put off reading one of her books again!
Anonymous 12 days ago
You can always count on Kate Meader for smart, sexy books with wonderful characters and this second chance love story doesn’t disappoint. It was clear from the beginning that once married lawyers Grant & Aubrey still have feelings for each other, but some unspoken event caused a rift that ended their marriage. When they embark on a road trip to see her dysfunctional family, they have one last chance to exorcise the secrets that tore them apart. This emotional and heartfelt story is a fitting end to an engaging series.
Bette313 12 days ago
Loved, loved, loved! Grant and Aubrey's story hit all the emotional buttons. For these two high powered attorneys not only is divorce their profession but it's what they are personally. They hold no punches in the courtroom but in private communication is a real problem. It's clear that the fire between them still burns brightly but they have no idea how to get back what they once had. I thought the author did a great job of keeping their story light and fun while dealing with some pretty heavy baggage from their past. A hilarious road trip, a meddling grandmother, and a crazy cat is enough to drive these two together and force them to deal with each other. You will want to read this one to see exactly how things work out. I definitely recommend it.
SherriBabb 12 days ago
The first word I thought of when I finished this book was WOW ! From the moment I started reading this series I wanted to know what happened to Grant and Aubrey. Even the characters in the other two books wanted to know. Let me tell you Kate Meader did not disappoint us. This book was such an emotional roller coaster ride. It took us back in time to the beginning and through to the end. It was such well written book. From the moment I meant these characters I new that they still had feelings for each other. This book tests those feelings and so much more. I do not want to spoil anything for you because I believe in order to enjoy the book fully you need to not know anything going in. Honestly you will not be disappointed at all. I absolutely loved all the side characters and it was great seeing the other characters from the first two books and seeing where they were. I would not only highly recommend this book I would recommend the whole series. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Madm007 12 days ago
This was good, I won't dispute that. It was emotional with all the feels. It's just not what I like to read about. A bit too much realism for me in a sad world. I hurt for Grant through most of the story. I felt Aubrey called all the shots, a ball busting lawyer who took that persona home where it had no business. Disfunctional family or not, I thought she was a b**ch, so yay for her clients, but not so much for Grant. Her cat, funnily enough, was just like her and did add humor. The ending was emotionally happy. I did not read the 1st books in this series, but doubt that would change my feelings on this journey. I don't feel I've missed any key factors. Not a big fan of 1st person dual POVs either, rather feel like a ping pong ball, unless its extremely well written and flows. ARC copy from NetGalley. These are my honest & voluntary thoughts on "Then Came You".
arlenadean 12 days ago
Title Then Came You Author: Kate Meader Publisher: Loveswept Series: Law Of Attraction # 3 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Four Review: "Then Came You: A Laws of Attraction" by Kate Meader My Rationalization: 'Then Came You' was quite an interesting read from the first page till the end. We find Aubrey Gates and Grant Lincoln who at one time meant everything to each other, now divorced, but till clashed in the courtroom. Due to Aubrey injury to her arm and her not being able to drive, a trip will cause these two [Aubrey & Grant] to be thrown together along with her cat Damon, due to Aubrey's grandmother's 90th birthday which was during Thanksgiving. All I can say is a lot will go on during that trip from Chicago to Boston where lots of secrets will come out from these two. Will this get these two be able to talk and get back together again? Be ready for a roller coaster of emotions, with some witty banter, aggravation, and annoying moments that will come out from this well-written story with some complexed characters especially from Aubrey's family. You will find this a beautiful romance that was somewhat heartbreaking but in the end giving the reader a beautiful ending for these two in this second chance romance. Thanks, NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Tink4evr 12 days ago
A poignant story of love, loss and healing. The author does a remarkable job of discussing a loss that is often devastating for many couples. In this story she uses wit, humor, friends, family, sex and a very grumpy cat to help this wonderfully flawed couple through the processes. You feel their pain and experience their healing as they reconnect and rediscover all the things that make them good together. It has a happy ending but getting there is a road of reality checks.
rc1836 12 days ago
This book is amazing!! I need more than 5 stars to rate it! I’ve enjoyed all the books in Kate Meader’s Laws of Attraction series but “Then Came You” Aubrey and Grant’s story is by far my favorite. I don’t want to give anything away in this second chance at love romance but I found it a very emotional read. While the story had the author’s signature humor and smart banter and definitely her sexy scenes it was so much more. Like all second chance romances there are past hurts that have to be healed and Kate Meader handled them with such exquisite care. I loved that the couples from the previous books appear in this book, it was great fun to see them all together and while this book reads well as a stand alone I encourage you to read the whole series, you’ll be happy you did. I received an advance reader copy via Netgalley.
Momma_Becky 12 days ago
I've been waiting for Grant and Aubrey's story since the beginning of the series, and not so patiently waiting for their secrets about what lay behind the divorce. Boy, did they ever deliver! I felt like this pair had my heart in their hands and would alternately squeeze and stroke depending on where I was in their story. Dramatic much? Definitely, when it comes to these two, but it's hard not to be as they make their journey toward that second chance. I'm a sucker for second chance love stories anyway, so this one had me from the get-go. Add in Grant's Southern boy charm and I was a goner. I won't say that this one is more emotional than the others in the series, but it's a different type of emotion, and if you've ever been through what Grant and Aubrey have, you'll understand what I mean. With that said, I spent a good deal of this book wanting to hug Grant while itching to shake Aubrey til her teeth rattled. Not that she was solely at fault, but I so wanted her to see what was right in front of her, or better yet, to say so. In the end, both were to blame for the break-up and both had to come to grips with that to get the relationship back. In essence, some meeting in the middle was required, and when these two met, the chemistry would knock your socks off. In addition to the emotional storm of Then Came You, we also get loads of Kate Meader's wit and humor to temper the angst, plus a cranky feline who causes his own bit of trouble along the way. I've loved each couple in this terrific series, but Grant and Aubrey are my faves by far, and just one more reason this author is a must read for me.