Title: Wherever You Will Go
Author: Stephanie Smith
Publication Date: August 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.”
I head to the door, still clutching at a piece of peppermint chocolate and trying to dissolve the large piece in my mouth. Swinging open the door I yell, “What the hell, bitch?” Saxon’s eyes are wide and he has an amused grin on his face. “Well, good morning to you too.” My mouth is hanging open, and I know all the blood has rushed from my face. I’m shocked and not only because Saxon is here, but because he stands before me in dark wash jeans with a tight black t-shirt. It has been years since I’ve seen him in anything but a suit or tuxedo. He looks so much younger dressed casually. Less stressed and almost more… carefree. Shaking those thoughts, I meet his eyes. “I thought you were Rach. What do you want?” My words come out more harshly than I intended, and Saxon’s smile turns to a frown, his eyes losing their sparkle. My stomach twists and there’s something about him frowning which turns my gut. I don’t like it. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it like that. I’m just surprised to see you. What’s up?” I ask in a much more friendly tone. He looks up at me, nervousness shining in those bright green eyes. “I wanted to see if I could take you out today?” The confident, cocky Saxon is gone, and I would’ve never believed this insecure one existed underneath. He wants to take me on a date? Hell no. “Bugger, I’m actually just on my way out,” I say with fake disappointment. Saxon raises his eyebrows at me, and the cocky bastard is back. “Really?” he says as he looks me up and down. I follow his eyes down to my outfit. Sometimes even I can’t believe how stupid I am. I roll my eyes and cross my arms over my chest in defiance, as I also remember not only am I in my flannel pyjamas but I don’t have a bra on. He smiles a cocky smile while looking at my chest, clearly letting me know he caught that also.
Brooke and Nate have everything each of them could ever want, blissfully married to each other he has a successful business that he runs with his best friend Saxon, while she gets to volunteer at the art gallery. Out of the blue Nate tells her he is ready to start the family she has always dreamed of with him and she is thrilled, however that fateful day ends up turning out to be tragic before it is through.
Brooke now has to learn how to pick up the pieces of being left behind and go on with life without her best friend and love of her life, however she is definitely not coping well. Saxon now must run the business that Nate grew into a success and find a way not only to deal with his grief in losing his best friend but to help Brooke with the same.
This book was a tear jerker at times, not one of those bawl your eyes out kind of tear jerker but one that sneaks up on you. I found myself immersed in the story so much that even having to put it down to drive home that day was far too long to be without it. I loved Nate’s character and how he was part of the whole story even though he was gone far too soon. The connection between Sax and Brooke was always a close one and I thoroughly enjoyed their banter and how things just seemed to evolve. This was the first book I have read by Stephanie Smith and now I can’t wait for part 2 of this amazing series to come out… Harper's story is going to be great and I am secretly holding out for more Sax and Brooke!!!
** 5 Stars**
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I have recently started writing as a way to relax and spend some time for me. My first novel Wherever You Will Go is due to release later this year. I'm having so much fun writing my first story and I'm looking forward to the journey it is taking me on.