Maisie Scott lost not only her husband and unborn child in a tornado two years ago, she lost her will to live. Keeping busy is the only way she can get by. This small town waitress won’t let herself get attached to anyone … until Ryan, the new veterinarian for exotic animals, starts making regular trips to her diner. As hard as she tries not to feel anything, Ryan ignites a spark in her broken heart.
Ryan Tucker craves a happy family of his own more than his Momma’s apple pie. Getting over his fiancée leaving him six months ago, he moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. When he meets Maisie and notices the sadness in her eyes, he is determined to put a smile on her pretty face.
When another dangerous storm hits, Ryan stays by Maisie’s side. She fills the missing piece in his heart, but will Ryan share his secret? Can Maisie move on from the past and learn to begin again?
This was a very sweet and often emotional read about two people, who have loved and lost in their own way, finding something new and beautiful.
Maisie has gone through more than most of us could take. After the loss of her husband and unborn baby a few years earlier, she has been struggling to rebuild her life. She chooses not to get involved with people and has become somewhat closed off. Ryan, a vet with a love of exotic animals, has just moved to town for a fresh start. Even after his fiancee left him six months before, he wants for nothing more than a family of his own and that special someone to share it with.
Will Ryan be able to draw Maisie out of her shell and into his life, or will Ryan’s own secrets scare Maisie away?
The relationship that develops between Maisie and Ryan is just lovely. Each brings out something wonderful in the other. Maisie’s progress through her grief isn’t a a speedy one (a touch of realism I liked) and how Ryan accepts this and encourages her in her journey is very sweet.
Begin Again was much more on the closed-door side of sexy than I’ve read recently, however it is written in a way that you don’t really miss the sexier stuff.
There were a few aspects to Begin Again that were a little off for me. The pacing didn’t really appear to keep consistent – at times, it felt like it was fast-slow-fast-slow-fast. Also the appearance in the latter part of the story by Ryan’s ex didn’t quite sit properly with me. It almost felt as if it was thrown in there as a plot device rather than being woven in.
I found myself cheering Maisie and Ryan along towards their HEA. The road to their future together is full of speedhumps – storms, baby-wielding exes etc. – and the journey isn’t always smooth. However it’s a lovely and gentle story and I quite enjoyed reading it.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5
Release Date: 5 August 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy by the publisher, Crimson Romance via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.