Title: Ghost in His Eyes
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Second Chance Romance
Release Date: April 23, 2017
He was as magnetic as a deadly hurricane to the shore.
Carson Cole was my first love. The boy I'd shared my whole self with.
He was the man who'd taken the other part of my soul and drowned it in the sea we'd grown up in.
And now he's back. Ten years later, and the demons of our past are still haunting every breath trapped between us.
She was as wild as the horses who owned the beach highways we drove down.
Blake Sayer was the beautiful daredevil who had me wrapped around her finger from the time we were seven.
Until a horrible accident stole every piece of joy from her life.
Ten years later, she's a shell of the girl she once was, and it's all my fault. The whispers of our history shackle her to the island I left behind.
Just like lost years and unspoken words, love had slipped from our fingers like grains of sand. We’d barely made it out alive last time, was it even possible to reconstruct the shattered pieces of us?
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Blake has closed herself off from the world, content to live among the wild horses on the coast with minimal human interaction only. Though successful in her career and accepting of her future, past wounds still feel fresh for her, especially after seeing the one man she wanted to never see again. Carson Cole is the keeper of her memories, the only person she ever loved more than her family and the only person she hated as much as she hated herself.
Carson is home, back on the island and back in the path of Blake's hurricane strong anger. Their past was never resolved, an open gash on his heart like the scars that still mar his skin. When they cross paths repeatedly despite intending to avoid one another he pushes for the communication dam between them to open. When the past and their imprisoned emotions are set free they will either find forgiveness and love again or scatter their hearts in the sea.
"Everything here reminded me of her. Relics of a lifetime ago. And what reminded me of her brought every last whispered thought of him back to life."
Let's just put this out there, I am a crier, I always have been and I always will be, but Ghost in His Eyes had me crying the ENTIRE TIME. Carrie Aarons has a way with words already, but her descriptive writing style in this emotional second chance romance won me over. Ghost in His Eyes very much so focuses on each individual's grief rather than the romance between the main characters. Carrie takes readers into the past with flashbacks and through the motions of life in the present as both Carson and Blake struggle with acceptance, self-love, and forgiveness. There was less angst than one might expect, which might be a negative for some, but made Ghost in His Eyes a definite five star read for me. Come on, I was crying and it didn't even have a ton of angst, imagine what I would have been like if it had! I like that it was more sweet, that the characters found comfort in one another after so long, and that despite life's pains both had managed to become independent individuals with realistic lives.
"His touch is both heaven and hell, it's repairing my bruised and broken heart and also slicing it ventricle from ventricle."
Ghost in His Eyes might just be my favorite Carrie Aarons release to date and I definitely recommend it to all my fellow readers that love a good cry over a romance novel. With beautiful prose, a unique setting, and a second chance romance that makes you believe in love, Ghost in His Eyes is a five-plus star read.
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.
Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.
When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.