Wherever You Will Go (Try Again, #1)

Wherever You Will Go (Try Again, #1)

by Stephanie Smith

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Brooke Willis had everything she ever wanted: a happy marriage, volunteer placement at the art gallery, and the promise of starting a family with the man of her dreams.

Saxon Reed had everything he ever thought he needed: a successful career, nice cars, expensive apartment, and more money than he knew what to do with.

After losing her husband Brooke insists on taking over his company to keep his dreams alive. Struggling in an industry she knows nothing about, Brooke turns to Saxon, her husband’s best friend and business partner, for guidance and support. Their mutual grief, and Saxon’s need to look after his best friend’s wife, creates a connection beyond just business.

Can Brooke take over the company and find a new life without saying goodbye to the past? Can Saxon protect and care for Brooke without scaring her away?

What happens when your heart doesn’t listen to your head? When lines are crossed and boundaries are pushed?

“Life goes on, whether you choose to move forward and take a chance in the unknown or stay behind, locked in the past, thinking of what could've been. I don’t want to live in the past anymore. I’m so lonely; there’s nothing for me here.”

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046327922
Publisher: Stephanie Smith
Publication date: 08/07/2014
Series: Try Again , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 210,165
File size: 2 MB

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Wherever You Will Go (Try Again, #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
Brooke was married to the love of her life. She had meet him in college and they had been together ever since. She loved Nate with everything she was. Then her world was turned upside down when was killed in a car accident, he died on impact. How is she supposed to go on without him, they had just decided to start trying for kids. Now she holds onto the hope that she is pregnant. She knows that there really isn’t a chance as she just stopped taking the pill the morning he was killed and they had only had sex once. But she needs that small bit of hope right now. The only person she feels like understands her right now is Saxon, Nate’s best friend. He helped Nate get his dream business started and stayed working with him. Brooke finds that she has no will to go now that Nate is gone. Her parents find her 4 days after the funeral still lying in bed in the same clothes she wore to the funeral. Her parents are terrible worried about her. While visiting her, her father mentions selling Argo, Nate’s business. This is the last thing Brooke wants to do. It is a part of Nate how could she sell it. She decides she is going to keep the business and learn how to run it. At least the employee side, then she can hire someone for the financial side of the business if Saxon doesn’t want to stay. Brooke is destroyed a month later when she learns she isn’t pregnant. It’s like losing Nate all over again. Almost 2 months later Saxon comes to see her and can’t believe how he finds Brooke. He apologizes for not coming sooner. He encourages her to come work at Argo. Then at least he can keep an eye on her. He takes her to lunch and they talk. For some reason he is the only one Brooke really feels comfortable around anymore. Brooke decides after Saxon drops her bake at home going to work at Argo is exactly what she needs and what she is going to do. She and a friend go shopping for work appropriate clothing and come Monday morning she finds herself in the Argo parking lot. This start Brooke’s road to moving on, how much of a role will Saxon play? Will he be the chapter of Brooke’s life or just someone to fill her needs that Nate used too? Can she really be with Nate’s best friend? How will everyone else see it and react? I felt so bad for Brooke; she was devastated by Nate’s death. She fell into a deep depression. She pushed out all her friends and family. The only person she feels anything with is Saxon. He knew Nate just as well as she did. Saxon had secretly liked her since the first time he saw her but he wasn’t the dating type that was Nate’s things. Saxon actually saw her first and pointed her out to Nate. Once Nate married Brooke he never looked at her like that again. Now that Nate has died all he can think about is Brooke. He thought it would be better if he stayed away but once he went to see her he didn’t want to stay away anymore. He keeps remembering conversations that he and Nate had at different times. He cares a great deal for Brooke and feels that he should take care of her now not just because it is what Nate would have wanted but because of the way he feels about her. Brooke finds herself feeling things for Saxon but is worried about what others will say. She also feels terribly guilty for having feeling for Saxon. How could she already have feelings for someone else plus he was Nate’s best friend. How could she do that to Nate? This book was very emotional. After a while I felt bad for Saxon as well. He was so patient with Brooke. This book was wonderfully written. The characters kept pulling you in for more. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series to see what happens next. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
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ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
Stephanie writes such a heartbreaking story. Don’t get me wrong I liked the book but it pulls out all your emotions and makes you feel everything. Brooke is dealing with her loss the only way she knows how. You will experience right along with her how to move on and cope with a loss that runs so deeply. Saxon was Nate (Brooke’s husbands) best friend so when the chemistry is there they both want to fight against it as Nate was so very import to them both. Now having to work together can they really fight it? Or will it destroy them both? Can’t wait for the next book in this series.
CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
Life is perfect for Brooke Willis. She's happily married to Nate, the man of her dreams, has a job that she loves, and is surrounded by family and friends. After losing Nate, Brooke's search for a way to find something to give life meaning again leads her to his company, Argo, which he ran with the help of his best friend, Saxon Reed. Saxon lives to work. He needs nothing more than to make sure that Argo continues to run successfully, and that Brooke has a shoulder to lean on. The only problem? He's been attracted to Brooke since the first time he laid eyes on her, having to watch as she fell in love with his best friend ten years before. Now that Nate is gone, he finds himself less and less able to hide his feelings from Brooke. In 'Wherever You Will Go,' Stephanie Smith has done a good job of showing one woman's journey from unexpected loss to finding herself again. Brooke's life has been pretty much defined by her relationship with Nate. When she is left alone, she is left with the task of finding those things that define her as her own person. Her relationship with Saxon allows her to rediscover herself as a woman in her own right, and to be accepted for her she is. Saxon is the stuff that great book boyfriends are made of. Undeniably hot and alpha, gorgeous and driven, he also has a vulnerable side that he's kept buried, afraid to experience the feelings of loss that haunted his past. In being there for Brooke, he is able to grow, too, to become the sort of man that he never thought he wanted to be. Watching both he and Brooke evolve into themselves, whole and healed, made this book an enjoyable and emotional read. I look forward to reading more from Stephanie, and can't wait for 'Whatever You Do,' Tate and Harper's story.
BecsL More than 1 year ago
I love a good, emotional read. I absolutely adore characters that struggle, that have been broken and felt the pain of living. Wherever You Will Go hits the mark! This story wasn’t what I expected. Yes, the emotions in this book are real and raw and heartbreaking, but the hope and love that radiates from every page balances the devastation well. Stephanie certainly knows how to play a reader’s heartstrings. When Saxon and Brooke suffer a mutual tragedy, their worlds turn upside-down as circumstances encourage them to come together. They’re both stubborn, determined to figure things out on their own and to keep their feelings to themselves. This creates a lot of friction as these two navigate their new roles in each other’s lives. The emotional journey through this book nearly crushed my heart. Stephanie made sure we were right there inside Brooke’s head and heart as she processed her grief and tried to find a way to live again. This story has a lot of light, fun moments that really brightened this otherwise deep story. The character development was great and I really felt the recovery and transformation of Saxon and Brooke throughout the story. Honestly, I would love to have had more from Saxon’s point of view. There were several critical scenes where I was dying to know what he was thinking. Brooke and Saxon’s struggle is genuine. There was no instant-love, no magic healing and no immediate satisfaction for either of them. Their moments of joy were hard-fought and definitely well deserved. It was easy to like these characters and connect with their story. I look forward to reading more from this author. 
Jennifers_Book_Obsession More than 1 year ago
Loss, Love, and finding your way…. Everything is pure bliss. A perfect husband, a perfect marriage, and everything a girl could ever hope for. Until, everything is taken away from you.  Suddenly you’re left broken and empty. Brooke had it all and after losing her husband she is struggling and drowning in grief. Determined to keep Nate’s business going she turns to Nate’s best friend and business partner for guidance.  Saxon was living the life, reaping the rewards of having money. After the loss of his best friend and business partner, he is determined to care for Nate’s wife, Brooke and be there for her. Help her with the business and support her as she grieves her loss. Saxon has always had a soft spot for Brooke.  Stephanie did a great job of pulling you in from the beginning and you feel the emotions throughout the story. My heart broke and I cried right along with Brooke. As she struggled to deal with the loss of the love of her life she comes to a point where she can no longer take it. Brooke’s heart was shattered and she breaks down and the emotions that pour through those pages will grip your heart and have you sobbing and feeling emotionally drained.  I loved Saxon. He was so caring and attentive to Brooke. As they turned to each other for support, their relationship blossomed so beautifully. Saxon is definitely swoon worthy. I love a book that tugs at your heart and Stephanie Smith did and amazing job. Beautifully written and definitely worth reading.