I received this book for free from Author, Carrie Aaron in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Self-Published on April 11, 2019
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Author, Carrie Aaron
Reading Challenges: For The Love Of Ebooks, LetsReadIndie, Review Writing
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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.
Forgiven is the second book in The Nash Brothers Series. You do not need to read Fleeting to read Forgiven but personally, I would recommend reading Fleeting. You get a bit of the backstory in Fleeting that helps set up Forgiven. This is a second chance romance between high school sweethearts.
We met Lily and Bowen in Fleeting. We were also privy to the fact that both of these had a history. Lily and Bowen were high school sweethearts who were madly in love; they had their future planned out. It wasn’t until one night ten years ago that Lily and Bowen were in a terrible car accident that scared both of them with scars that are both visible and some that aren’t. Lily has no clue how one night could destroy everything they had together, she was mainly looking for closure. She’s confused about the break up even ten years later and just wants to know why Bowen hates her so much.
The story is told in both Lily and Bowen’s point of view with a few flashbacks to really help you understand the story.
Lily – we met Lily in Fleeting. She was the character (aside from Penelope) that I was intrigued about. Lily was definitely what I was expecting. She is a total sweetheart, she loves to help people, she’s a librarian and she also happens to be a Politian’s daughter. She works really hard to stay away from her parents financially. She has a job, her own car and a townhouse.
Bowen – is the middle brother. I have mix feelings about Bowen. Apart of me understands him the other part of me wants to smack him. I’m sure Lily felt the same. He was definitely romantic but also a bit scared. He was a huge baseball star and had a career set for the MLB but the car accident had other plans.
Of course, this was a second chance romance. I enjoyed the little flashbacks to help us understand the relationship between Bowen and Lily. I did feel like Lily forgave Bowen a little to easy just because he treated her like crap and I felt like she should’ve stood up for herself a little more. I really enjoyed that the relationship did involve trying to communicate each other needs. You don’t really see that in romance novel so it was refreshing to see that.
In my review of Fleeting, I predicted that Bowen or Fletcher would be my favorite brothers. As of right now, I am for sure that Fletcher will be my favorite. Bowen was sweet but I did feel like he was a little too rude to Lily so he lost some points from me. I do think this a good sequel and does set up the next Nash brothers book and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.