Then There Was You

Then There Was You

by Claire Contreras


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Love and the right timing were two things I didn't believe in. Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.Timing was never on our side.My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her. My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn't built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.Love and timing.I didn't believe in either. Then there was you . . .

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ISBN-13: 9780999584422
Publisher: Brower Literary & Management, Inc.
Publication date: 02/04/2018
Series: Second Chance Duet , #1
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Then There Was You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
queenzany More than 1 year ago
OMFG! This book hurt so good! Then There Was You is a beautifully written, slow burn, guaranteed wreck you! My heart is still so raw, traumatized, for long by this mind-altering duel of my heart and soul. Even a week later I’m at a dismal loss for words that can actually describe the depths of my emotions. Claire Contreras literally brought her A game with this angsty, gut-wrenching second chance romance. God like a sucker punch to your will! You can’t help but pray for the next book to hit my iphone! I'm seriously jonesing here!
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
When you love an author it’s always a torturous wait between releases. What I love about Claire’s work is that when the wait is finally over the book is always well worth it. Tessa returns home to settle her family’s affairs and runs into the one person she hoped not to- Rowan. Tessa and Rowan’s lives have always been intertwined. They were life long friends-turned into something more-ended when they went their separate ways to college. Though they haven’t spoken in years, the minute they’re back in each other’s presence the sparks fly. Their second chance, much like their first, has an expiration date. Both go into it with eyes wide open. But, with family politics weighing him down, Rowan must make a heart-breaking decision. This book left me a big ole mess. I had to hide from my family, so I could cry in peace. Even though I had a sense of where it was going, the emotions that played out between them hit me hard. I don’t think I’ve ever been more thankful that a duet is being released weeks apart. Even though I’m sure it won’t be any easier on my heart I cannot wait to see how their story will end.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
janice1231 More than 1 year ago
A Review of Then There Was You by Claire Contreras Rowan and Tessa - 5+++++ Stars Oh, what a tale Ms. Contreras tells! First off, I love the cover for this book! I've read other books by Ms. Contreras in the past, but this story grabbed me by the throat and would NOT let go. It is a powerful tale of the damage failed marriages cause the children involved, regardless of age and how these two characters grew up together not believing in love. I have to say that I totally LOVE a book that is so good it can tear my heart out and leave it bleeding in the dust, but then turn around and put it back together in a way that makes it better for the pain. This is a two book series, but the second book will be available in just a few days. You really don't want to miss this one. It has all the feels you can handle and then some. **Honest review voluntarily provided from a Complimentary Copy**
seansmother More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book hooked me from page one. I need to know everything about these characters and what happened/happens. The writing and pacing are great, and I am waiting with bated breathe for the next book. Rowan and Tessa have crawled in my head and won’t let go. I honestly can’t predict how the next book in this story is going to unfold but I’m hoping for a specific ending. Karma hopefully plays a part in that LOL.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then There Was You by Claire Contreras is book one in the Second Chances Duet. Tessa and Rowan had known each other all their lives. They had once been best friends. They had once been something more. Then it all fell apart. They haven't seen or spoke to each other in years. Now Tessa has returned to sell her family home. Rowan has returned to take over the family business. When these two reconnect the chemistry is off the charts. These two beautifully broken people will rip your heart out. Rowan will sweep you off your feet and make you swoon. This book has all the feels. What an ending.... I can't wait to see how this one ends.
berry_nice More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I fell in love almost immediately. This story is refreshing. I laughed. I cried. I understood the struggles and decisions each one of them had to make. The bond and connection between these two is one that cannot be hidden. It's obvious they belong to each other. My heart broke for Tessa. My heart broke for Rowan...The hardest choices are the ones we make when we think it's the only one. Rowan is a swooned worthy-fall head over heels in love with kind of man. He is strong, tough and determined BUT also sweet, attentive, romantically possessive and selfless. I cannot wait for book 2. Great character development! Plenty of them to love and hate.
VoxLibris More than 1 year ago
If Claire Contreras had been near me when I finished this book, I would have grabbed by the shoulders and shouted, "You ended with THAT?" Pay attention to the "Second Chances DUET #1" part of the title, dear readers, because this angsty, steamy, emotionally compelling book ends on a cliffhanger. Long before you get to the last page, you are so engrossed in this book that you won't notice anything going on around you. You will be consumed by Rowan and Tessa -- how they were together as teenagers and then broke apart and now might be able to come together again. How they each are so terrified of love and so resistant to marriage that neither can see the truth of what is happening between them. Contreras throws a myriad of conflict at these two: family, business, and romantic. You find yourself wishing that the two would communicate with each other, yes, but that they would communicate with themselves. Tessa and Rowan deliberately choose to ignore how they feel because to acknowledge it would be to open themselves up to weakness. Rowan's fears of love are more concrete than Tessa's; in fact, I wasn't quite sure that I understood her entrenched reticence. And then there is that ending. Sweet mother of heart-stopping endings, that conclusion will make you howl. The good news is that the conclusion is coming soon, but I want it NOW. Not just because I want to know what happens next, but, more importantly, because Claire Contreras writes the hell out of this story. She gives you ever feel in the Feelings Thesaurus, and she makes you experience them to your marrow. I love Rowan. I love Tessa. I love (most of) the supporting cast. And I love that I care so deeply about these people that I am desperate to know what happens next.
Mjones74 More than 1 year ago
"This was what people spent their lives searching for. This scary, upside down feeling that made them feel as if they were on the brink, between their first and last breath. I'd always held on to the notion that I'd rather be alone than sparkless, but since I'd tasted the sparks, I had been afraid they'd be strong enough to make me implode." Then There Was You.....Tessa and Rowan, it began when they were young and just teenagers with an undeniable attraction that pulled them together fiercely but so much stood to push them apart even more. Although time and distance has come between them over the years their special connection can't be forgotten and is burning hotter when they find each other again. But how can that fierce attraction, that special connection ever be anything more when one wants/needs to fly free towards her dreams and the other has been groomed to stay rooted with no emotions and never to "bleed"??? This first book of the Second Chances Duet slowly gripped me, with each new chapter building up the angst and emotional connection until I was a goner, then suddenly I found myself at the end and in desperate need for book 2 ASAP..... I'll be counting down the hours until I can get my hands on more!!!!
Tilly212 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I've got so much to say about it but it would be full of spoilers so this is gonna be short and sweet! There's a lot packed into this story, a rich family history between Rowen and Tessa's family, complicated relationships and mixed up emotions. I liked Tessa's character, she's smart and driven and has a plan that up to this point she's followed. She came across as quite emotional but absolutely aware of where her life has to go. Rowen I loved and hated equally! He's so in love with Tessa yet completely in denial as he's holding onto some mixed up opinion of marriage and love. He's screwed up and unfortunately he's missing out on a fulfilling life. If you like an angsty read this is definitely the book for you and the second part of the duet is out a few weeks later so you haven't got to wait too long to find out what happens next. Took me till about a quarter of the way in to really get into it but once I did I couldn't put it down, definitely a book you could devour in an afternoon so find a comfy sofa somewhere and enjoy! P.S I loved Sam!
Andrea-M More than 1 year ago
This book was one very intense read.It was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Tessa is young,beautiful women ready to finally make her dreams come true.But firs she needs to say goodbye to her hometown.She wants to leave that place but at the same tame she wants to stay. There is to many good memories for her just to leave and never look back.One of those memories is her long time crush Rowan.They were together once as teenagers but that ended and they didn't see each other for a very long time.Now they paths cross again and the old feelings are there.But they are not teenagers any more and things are not the same as they used to be. Rowan doesn't believe in love.He can't deny his feelings for Tessa,but the timing is just not good.His place is at the Hawthorne Industries.He is ready to take over his company.He knows that he and Tessa could never be together,that she is going to leave very soon but that doesn't stop his feelings.He just can't resist her. I loved this book.It was full of chemistry,love and angst.It was beautiful and passionate second chance romance.The end left me speechless and i can't wait for the second part.