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“What?” I stared back at him, unblinking.
He moved closer, taking my face in his hands. “I love you, Evie. I look into the future, and the only thing I see clearly is you. Marry me.”
What’s an eighteen-year-old girl who was madly in love with her nineteen-year-old boyfriend say?
Of course, I said yes.
Twenty-four hours later, I married Adam Gunner at a Vegas chapel to the sounds of “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Not the best omen. I get that now.
Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why.
I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years.
Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers.
Answers I can’t give.
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Cover Designed By: Najla Qamber Designs
Making my way through the hotel, I exchange pleasantries with the staff on duty. When I reach the coffee shop, I push open the door and step straight into the past.
She’s standing behind the counter. Her face is turned slightly to the right, her attention on the TV mounted on the wall, and her hair is pulled back into a ponytail.
But it’s her.
I feel like a speeding train has hit me, and I’m pretty sure my heart has stopped beating.
It’s really her.
“Evie?” I breathe out her name, like I’m taking my first real breath in a very long time.
Her body stiffens at the sound of my voice. And I watch as her face turns my way. Those big whiskey-colored eyes that I fell in love with all those years ago meet mine, and my world stands still.
My eyes rake over him as I remember the Adam I knew ten years ago and compare him to the Adam I see before me. The long hair is gone, replaced with cropped locks. The unshaven scruff on his face is still very much there though. At least some things haven’t changed.
“You cut your hair.”
“It has been ten years.”
“I know. I just…I remember a time when you said you’d never cut your hair.” A small smile touches my lips at the memory.
“Yeah, and I remember when you promised to love me till death do us part. Shit changes.”
My smile drops from my face. My cheeks sting like he’s just slapped me.
I deserved that. Doesn’t stop it from hurting like a bitch though.
Literary Lust Review
I didn’t think I could be any more excited upon hearing the news that Samantha Towle was releasing a new book but then I heard the it was a second chance romance and my excitement and interest piqued to a whole new level. Knowing how much I’ve loved the emotion evoked by Sam in previous books I had high hopes for When I was Yours. The downside to loving an author’s work is you get complacent and your expectations are way higher than that of others which means there’s always the risk you’ll be disappointed with anything less than perfection. I’m thrilled to say there wasn’t one ounce of disappointment in this book, it’s hands down one of the best books I’ve read.
We start with Adam and Evie and we’re quickly thrown into their world and the love they share, we don’t need to spend chapters on the how they got together and the chase as this isn’t a story about the falling in love, it’s a story about losing the one you love and never really letting go.
I love the way the story unravels flicking between 2015 and 2004 between Adam’s POV and Evie’s. Knowing what had happened but not why heightened my suspense and furthered the love I had for Adam, finding out Evie’s reason at the same time as him put us in the same boat and I couldn’t help but feel his devastation right there with him. The way he reacted and his need to have Evie yet hate her all at the same time broke my heart over and over.
This book had real personal emotional moments for me. I was 18 (almost Evie’s age) in 2004 and it was the year my husband and I got together, also Beyonce’s crazy in love (it gets a mention in the book) is one of my favourite songs thanks to the awesome memories it evokes so I couldn’t help but feel totally involved. Still being totally in love with said husband I could easily put myself in Evie’s shoes and would’ve reacted the same way without question, i couldn’t help but feel devastated at the years spent apart, imagining how I’d have coped in the same situation and how different the last 10 years would’ve been without the love of my life. Although the timings helped me connect with the characters the biggest connection for me came from the writing. The way the story was told was effortless, I read far too easily and quickly. I became totally involved in their story and didn’t want it to end.
The biggest shock for me was how I felt when I’d finished. So much so that I’ve written this review over two weeks, I’m glad I didn’t just throw the words down the day I’d finished as my emotions continued long after the words had been read. I’ve found myself listening to songs and thinking of Adam and Evie, I actually cried listening to Taylor Swift’s this love! I know they’re not real and I know it’s just a book and my gushing makes me slightly weird but luckily for me the friends that have read it felt exactly the same! Massive well done to Sam for not just making me feel but for making me ache and swoon and ooh and aah, she really did nail this! I’m now off to read all of her back catalogue, that girl has me hooked!
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM, TROUBLE, REVVED and REVIVED.
She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.