Next To You
Claudia Y. Burgoa
Published June 2014
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…I need time. Time to heal those wings and learn to use them…
Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancée and best friend left when she ran away. The person he trusted the most for the past decade disappeared without giving him a second glance. She taught him how to love, believe in family and that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Now he’s struggling between wiping any traces of her from his life and drowning his sorrows away with the help of his new best friends—Don Julio and Jack Daniels.
Rebecca’s past suffocated her to the point of not wanting to continue, her lifeline and the only reason to live began to withdraw from her. She wished it had been her imagination, but heard it loud and clear: “If not, there’s always a divorce, nothing is forever.” This time it became a leave or die situation. Something has got to change—she had to change. Packing light and leaving a letter behind, she takes a journey that can help her find herself through the shards of her painful childhood.
As letters, memories and stories are exchanged, two once inseparable people reconcile what’s left of their relationship. Beyond the confines of everything they built together, they’re left with two lonely people searching for what it means to be whole. Will they find meaning under their bruised psyches or will their pasts get the better of them?
About the Author
Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.
He thought he had finally gotten his girl - but she up and flew the coop, leaving nothing but a letter and his heart torn apart. To say that Daniel isn't dealing well with Becca's disappearance is an understatement. Things are getting burned and broken, but the big question is, will Becca come back? And will Dan ever be able to forgive her for leaving him, let alone survive it?
Unlike Where Life Takes You, the first in the Life series, Next to You has the POV from Daniel rather than Rebecca. It is nice to get things from his perspective, especially considering the way Becca left him at the end of the last novel. We still get a bit here and there from Becca, in the form of letters that she sends Daniel periodically for the first two thirds of the novel since there is an ocean and several countries between the two of them. And when I say letters, I mean MAMMOTH sized letters (just a little heads up ;) ).
There is a lot of information thrown at you, a whole bunch of back-story making things clearer as to how the two of them got to the places they are now. I did feel like some things were just thrown in my face without any prelude, like Drew and Raj being a couple. The third page in and there is more important subtext going on, but all I could think was, Gay? They're gay?! Where the hell was that in book one?! Now, I'm not sure if I was just off in La-la Land when reading Where Life Takes You, and didn't see it, or it was something that Burgoa just threw in for shits and giggles to mess with people like me... But I have to say, they're my favourite couple in the series, in all their cuteness and making other people uncomfortable - my kind of people.
I suppose that I enjoyed Next to You, and the first novel, well enough, but it was a little too poor-bugger-me with all the angst for me to really enjoy it. It wasn't without funny quips and moments that made me laugh out loud, but it just didn't hit the spot for me like Burgoa's other series A Knight's Tale, did. So, a little bummed but not disappointed.
3 out of 5
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