Author: Christine Brae
Series: The Light in the Wound #2
Published by Self-Published
Release Date December 8, 2013
Genres: New Adult Romance
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The perfect life.
The perfect marriage.
The jilted lover.
Their worlds collide.
Fate intervenes twelve years later and their paths intersect once again. All three will question whether the heart is truly capable of dividing and being divided; each will decide whether it matters who you loved first or who you love last.
Together they will learn that in the end, there can always only be one.
Not a word is uttered, not a sound is made. And yet I clearly hear what she’s screaming out lout from her heart.
I’ve never had any doubt; she has always belonged to me.
Head pounding, heart full, the anticipation is finally over. I am going to admit; as much as I BEGGED for an Alex and/or Jess POV book, I was VERY apprehensive going into this one. Loud and proud, I am Team Alex. From the beginning of The Light in the Wound until the very last drop, it was always Alex for me. He put her first, treasured and honored not only her heart, but EVERY part of her. I would have none of the selfishness, controlling nature and all about me attitude from Jesse. No thanks. So to know that they finally had gotten their HEA at the end of book one left me leery of things to come in a new book.
Fate and circumstances-there’s no turning them back once the wheels of life have been set in motion. Nothing you do can change the direction of your destiny. You can influence your future revising your goals and adjusting your purpose, but you can’t chance what is meant to be. We are powerless to fight it; all we do is sustain it. We live for the moments of happiness and joy that are both fleeting and irretrievable.
Firstly let me state; I LOVED the triple POV’s. Christine has a beautiful way of writing that mingles every character without it being overwhelming. You simply can’t tell where one ends and the other begins. For all intents and purposes, this book is split into three parts. The first 25% belongs to Alex, Jesse gets the next 25%, and Issy has the last 50%.
We begin with Alex. Oh Alex, how I love thee. His section was by far my favorite to read. As romance books usually are in the female’s POV I consider it a treat to hear the male’s POV. I had many unanswered questions after the last book because I simply did not know what went through their heads. Putting my fears to rest, I fell in love with him all over again! Whereas TLITW, according to some standards, may have been a little tame sexually, whew…… Grab a fan ya’ll because this one is raunchy! It is H-O-T and I was NOT expecting that. I was more than pleasantly surprised. In fact, I will say it is the BEST surprise I have ever gotten in a book. There is something so erotic in hearing a male’s thoughts whilst in the throes of passion. The delicious part is that Christine doesn’t even get as illicit as I’ve read before. The beautiful way she weaves a scene and inserts you into the play allows you to infer exactly what she is saying without saying it.
I cry because I will always love Alex.
I cry because I no longer know who I am and everything I’ve ever believed in has been a lie.
Life isn’t just hearts and flowers for our beloved characters for long though. Tragedy occurs followed by another tragedy and the whole story just tale-spins from there. Hold on to your hats dear reader, for once you read 30%, be prepared to take a ride on the emotional roller-coaster. I don’t believe my heart started beating again until I got to the epilogue (which we will get to in a minute). By this point, we, and when I say we I mean I, have flown through Jesse’s portion. I’ll be honest with you here. Full disclosure; I skimmed a lot of Jesse’s part. I read it; I just didn’t analyze and scrutinize it like I did the rest of the book. A lot of Jesse’s section was flashbacks and explanations for what happened during his years with Isa. By this point, my opinion of him was already formulated and I knew it wouldn’t change. They weren’t meant to be together and no explanation would shed any light on what he had gone through. As I said, I am NOT a Jesse girl.
Before long, we are into Issa’s part and that is when the book REALLY starts to spiral out of control. I’m talking theSHIT hits the proverbial fan, on high velocity! There were so many things that happened in the last half of the book that I NEVER saw coming. It was raw, painful, shocking, heart-wrenching, and full of angst, and I loved EVERY SINGLE SECOND! I could not get enough. Isa is on a path to finally becoming her own woman, finding herself again. The journey that she takes may be unconventional, but that is what it is. HER journey. You don’t know what works for you until you try.
Before I end, a quick word about that epilogue, because we NEED to talk about it. THE BEST one I have EVER read. Just when I thought it was over, another one. And then…..another one. I felt sucker punched throughout the book, but this epilogue healed me faster than any medicine ever could! While I look forward to future writings from CB, I am glad there won’t be any more books in this series. Each character ended up as they should and ALL fans will go away with their cup flowing over. My heart was so FULL of love and it brought tears to my eyes. The perfect ending to a story so personally shared from her soul.
You can lose yourself a million times over, but your heart will always know who you are. In every wound and place of emptiness, love provides a light that guides you through the darkness.
It relentlessly seeks you out and stops at nothing to find you.
Love always finds you.
And when it does, it will bring you home.
While Christine knows how to break your heart don’t worry; she also knows how to put you back together. She knows how to make you wish and hope for something that you never even knew was possible. Whether you are Team Alex or Team Jesse is no matter. Each man has a happy ending all their own. At the end of the day I came to the conclusion that it really didn’t matter; I was now, and forever would be, Team Isa. His Wounded Heart was a love letter from Christine Brae to her fans. To that I say, message received. We <3 you right back! 5 Broken and Healed Stars!
“It has always only been you. It will always be only you. My life didn’t begin until I met you. You have my heart. You are my soul. I love you.”
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that the eyes are the windows to the soul.
Today, I see neither as I stare at the stranger in the mirror. There is nothing beautiful about me; I really don’t know what he sees. Even the dark circles around my eyes are cavernous and empty. They show no trace of someone who lives, only of someone who exists. No matter how hard I try, there is nothing familiar about the person I used to be. I don’t know where to find myself because I don’t know where I’ve gone.Who am I?
As I struggle to accept my fate, these are the things I know: I am a mother and a sister. I am no longer a wife. I am someone else’s lover. He took away my heart and the life we made together. I will never recover. This time, these wounds will never heal.
“Are you sure you have to leave tonight?”
The sound of his voice transports me back to the present, where I’m standing in his robe, in his bathroom, in his home. He encircles his arms across my chest and plants little kisses on my neck.
“Can’t you stay? I’ll take you home first thing tomorrow morning.”
“Sorry, I really have to go. I want to be home to see Eddie off to school.”
He tightens his hold and I relax my body against his.
“You were absolutely amazing,” he whispers gruffly into my ear. “Stay with me a little longer. I’m not done taking care of you yet.”
One day at a time. Tonight was all about forgetting but not yet forgiving. Filling but not replacing. And emerging from the abyss of loneliness knowing that I’ve pulled farther and farther away from the light.
Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.
When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever. Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.