Reading Challenge 2023

Gunnar Bond is broken.

Three years ago, he lived through the car crash that took his wife and twins away from him—though “lived” barely describes his current state. Giving up professional hockey, going off grid, and drinking himself into oblivion are his coping mechanisms. Another is texting his dead wife about his days without her. Therapeutic? Doubtful. Crazy? Definitely. But those messages into the ether are virtually the only thing stopping him from spiraling to even darker places.

Until someone texts back …

Sadie Yates is losing it.

Suddenly guardian to a little sister she doesn’t know and a misbehaving hound she’d rather not know at all, she’s had to upend her (sort of) glamorous life in LA and move back to Chicago. The nanny has quit, the money’s running out, and her job is on the line. The last thing she needs is her sister’s hockey camp counselor, a judgmental Viking type, telling her she sucks at this parenting lark. Thank the goddess for her sweet, sensitive, and—fingers crossed—sexy text buddy who always knows the right thing to say. In the same city at last, they can finally see if their online chemistry is mirrored in real life. She just needs to set up a meeting …

A ruined man who claims to have used up all his love is surely a bad bet, but Sadie’s never been afraid of a challenge … even one that might shatter her heart into a million pieces.
I have to say this one is one of those books where your keeps breaking. I loved the way the author set this one up. The idea of texting your dead wife's phone because you miss her so much is just heartwarming. You feel for him and know he needs to move on with his life but also loves a guy who can love so deeply that he can't yet move on. 

You're on the ride with Gunner as he tries to get his life back together. He isn't trying for happy-ever-after he just wants to go along with the pack and feel a little bit. 

Poor Sadie is stuck with a sister that really isn't giving her a break no matter how hard she tries to be there for her. I don't blame the kid she is sad and confused about her new life and living some someone she really doesn't know. 

In a way, all that's going on in both their lives helps with their futures. I really enjoyed reading about how Gunner learned how to live again. He will always miss those who are gone but knows he can now move on and be happy again. Something his family would have wanted for him. It was also nice seeing how Sadie and her sister were able to come together and be a family. What a wonderful story this turns out to be. 


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