Series: Wounded Warrior #2
Published by Liquid Silver Books on 2013-12-30
Reviewed by Vanessa
He walked away years ago, leaving her to raise their daughter alone. But now, he’s lost everything ... except hope. Will she find it in her heart to give him one more chance? This Time is Kristin Leigh’s touching new romance, a welcome addition to her Wounded Warriors series.Tara Marshall has one love: her daughter, Madelynn. For five years she’s loved and nurtured her child alone, abandoned by the man who helped create her. She wants love, craves it, but fears the pain of finding and losing love all over again. And no other man has lived up to the SEAL she fell in love with so long ago.Mike Davis made the biggest mistake of his life when he denied his own child and left her mother high and dry. He’s never found a woman like Tara again and knows he never will. But staying away from the woman he fell in love with and the child he fathered is what’s best for them ... even if he burns for a second chance.When Mike is injured in the line of duty, he realizes that he has to take a leap of faith, regardless of potential consequences. But after he contacts Tara, Mike comes to understand the love he’s been harboring for so long isn’t just for their daughter; it’s for Tara too. When they meet again, the passion and fire burn as brightly as they did five years before. But with so much time and pain between them, does Mike stand a chance of redemption? And does Tara have enough forgiveness to welcome Mike back into their lives?
Years ago, goal oriented Mike walked away from Tara when she told him she was pregnant. Devastating her with his attitude upon hearing the news, Tara vowed to survive on her own by raising their daughter without any assistance from the young SEAL.
Mike had been more concerned with the thoughts of his so-called friends than with being there for the woman he was slowly falling in love with. However, now that Mike has lost all of his hopes and dreams, he finds he has time on his hands and regrets to amend. Contacting Tara, his only hope is getting to know his daughter, but he soon finds that the feelings he was developing for Tara years ago are still lying dormant. Can he resurrect her feelings and lead them both to a HEA, or will Tara keep her distance from the Wounded Warrior who broke her heart years ago?
This Time is a heartwarming second chance at love story, where the Hero, Mike, needs to work really hard to show that he has changed. No, his efforts aren’t big and ostentatious, but they are efforts to show that he has grown through the years in This Time and is now more worthy to be a part of Tara’s life.
Tara was a more forgiving individual in This Time than some would want her to be, but I think she saw the effort that Mike made to make reparations for the wrongs that he had committed years ago. In the end, she was doing a lot more for the Wounded Warrior’s child than for herself and her happiness. However, her HEA was the icing on the cake, and she found that Mike was truly sorry for what he had done years before out of selfishness and childishness as he sought to please his friends in This Time.
There were a few secondary characters that helped move the plot in This Time. I felt like a ball was dropped when one claimed they were going to take some action, but it came across as more passive than aggressive in This Time. I was kind of looking forward to a good ball breaking in that instance.