I am always up for reading a second chance romance, since it’s one of my favorite tropes, but lately, the second chance romances I’ve read have been let-downs. While I liked Coming Apart at the Seams well enough, overall, it was an okay read. I got bored a few times and the story dragged a bit, but it was still a good read. It’s sexy, a little angsty, and I really enjoyed reading about a hero who’s determined to take his second chance with the heroine and make up for all the hurts he caused her in the past.
Blunder. Gaffe. Misstep. Error. Snafu. Although plenty of words described the huge, life-altering mistake Nick Priest had made, none of them quite conveyed his stupidity. He’d had a chance with Teagan O’Brien, but he’d blown it. That was his biggest regret, and he had a lot of them.
I really liked the way the author presents Teagan and Nick’s relationship over the years to the reader. First, we’re set in the present, with Nick regretting hurting Teagan and not fighting for her in the past… but he sure as hell is fighting for her now. He knows he messed up years ago, but he’s determined to win back the only woman he’s ever loved. Then, gradually, Nick and Teagan’s past relationship is revealed, and I really adored the way these two grew to be such good friends, even best friends. They felt a connection with one another, and even though they were attracted to each other, they didn’t want to risk their friendship over it. But one night of temptation and passion changes everything, and in the end, leaves both of them hurt – and alone.
I love you. I loved you then, and I love you now. Please give me another chance. I’m miserable without you, and I’m afraid of what the rest of my life will be like if you’re not with me.
Nick has a severe stutter, which has affected his relationship with his father, and inadvertently, his relationship with Teagan. He felt like he wouldn’t be good enough for her, since he wasn’t good enough for his father, so sadly, he made mistakes, but now in the present, he’s going to fight for the woman he loves, even if it seems she hates him. Both Nick and Teagan are flawed people, and while I understood Nick’s reasons for hurting Teagan in the past and Teagan’s reasons for not letting Nick near her heart again, I grew a little frustrated with them. Miscommunication played a big part in their broken relationship, which is something I usually get annoyed reading about. Although, I was very impressed with the way Teagan stood firm in not forgiving Nick, at least not right away. She definitely makes him work for it, for her and her love, and I admired that she’s so stubborn about it.
Overall, Coming Apart at the Seams is a sweet second chance romance, with a little friends-to-lovers mixed in. If the pacing of the book had moved a little faster, I probably would have enjoyed it more, but for those of you who like your romances slow-paced, I would recommend this. This book also sets up the romance in the next book a bit, and I’m intrigued enough by the couple that I’m looking forward to read it!
Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.