In a split-second, a car crash killed almost everything between them. Ten years later, can one accidental ride fix tattered spirits, uncertain futures, and broken hearts?
Lily Grantham has always done what she’s been told. The daughter of a senator, she grew up as the good girl of Fawn Hill, and carried that torch right on through to adulthood. Her only wild streak? Bowen Nash. She loved that boy since the day they laid eyes on each other, and it nearly ended them both. A decade later, and Lily still can’t move on. Even if Bowen has made it clear he doesn’t love her anymore.
Bowen Nash never wanted the life he’s trapped in. Destined for baseball fame and the love of his high-school sweetheart, that existence vanished in the flip of an old pickup. Now, he’s stuck in the town that produced his worst nightmare. Pretending to hate Lily Grantham guts him day in and day out. But to protect her from the ultimate secret, it’s necessary to break his own heart each time they pass on the street.
They’ve been fighting fate for as long as it’s been chasing them. And now, time is up.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
*this may contain spoilers for the first book, “Fleeting”!*
The second book in the Nash Brothers series follows Bowen and Lily, whose story we were introduced to throughout Keaton and Presley’s story in the first book, “Fleeting.” It’s also told in dual POV, like Carrie’s other novels.
“Forgiven” is, as you might have guessed from the title, a second chance romance. Lily and Bowen have something that’s been keeping them apart for 10 years, much to Lily’s confusion and Bowen’s dismay.
I absolutely love how Carrie leaves little Easter eggs for the other brothers’ stories, both within the present day events of the novel and within the five year time jump for the epilogue. It really makes me excited to read the other books in the series, of which there are two more.
Both Lily and Bowen are sweet, complex characters, and I loved getting to see them grow up, even though they’re well into adulthood.
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.
When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.
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