Returning to the blog with the second in her Stay series, Jennifer Probst brings us a story of second chances, forgiveness and being brave enough to take chances in
A Brand New Ending
Ophelia left home at 18, and returned two years later to help run the family’s B & B, taking over after her mother’s death. Her brother and sister noticed that she was ‘different’ and not quite herself, but she never shared the reasons why. Making her guests feel special and bringing her family together for dinners once a week, welcoming Mia and Chloe into the fold, and living her life, she’s content and has found some sort of happiness. Until her brother asks for a 3 month stay for his childhood best friend Kyle, who needs a place to write his next screenplay. Clearly saying no without explanation, when Kyle arrives on her doorstep she’s thrown back in time, trying desperately to cling to the hurt and ‘coolness’ that will keep him at bay, and shuttles him off to Ethan’s cottage where he, Mia, Hei Hei the guard chidken, and two dogs live – he can stay on their couch.
Kyle needs to return to his hometown to write the story he wants – to relive the memories of his relationship with Ophelia, until it all fell apart and she left him in Hollywood, alone. He’s also got a secret that he needs to share with her – but she won’t even talk to him. With Ethan’s place being overcrowded and Hei Hei deciding he doesn’t like Kyle, and Ethan’s reaction to Mia spotting Kyle naked in the bathroom doesn’t go well. So Ophelia relents, girding her defenses and not allowing Kyle back in. She can set up rules, guidelines and keep him at arm’s length. The only problem is, she doesn’t want to – but she won’t be hurt again. And Kyle hurt her, badly.
Oh this was so sweet – Kyle was trying desperately to get Ophelia to notice him, and talk with him – and trying to recapture what they once had – but it isn’t until he starts to see that what he believed were her dreams for herself weren’t – and he was as much (if not more) to blame for their relationship imploding than he’d thought. He’s working hard to break down Ophelia’s walls, and she’s just scared to risk it again. And she’s hurt, never getting the apology or having him recognize that he choose work and fame in Hollywood over her. When a chance encounter with Kyle’s father, a man who chose alcohol over his son and friends, brings her to see that the man was different and trying to make amends as he worked on his own sobriety, she also sees that there is a healing in forgiveness – and with Kyle still holding onto resentments from childhood, and her own anger with Kyle need to be sorted and settled. Even more than her relationship (or lack of) with Kyle. The back and forth is strong in this one – with electric chemistry that leaps off the pages, the revelations that Kyle is finding in his writing of their story, and his recognition that Ophelia remembers his ‘quirks’ and is constantly challenging his every belief – they’ve got to work through much, and he’s got plenty to prove…… Second chances never looked so good!
Title: A Brand New Ending
Author: Jennifer Probst
Series: Stay #2
Also in this series: The Start of Something Good
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Second Chance, Setting: American
Published by: Montlake Romance
Published on: 23 October, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 43 minutes
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A love story will be rewritten in this heartfelt romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
Ophelia Bishop was a lovestruck teenage girl when she and Kyle Kimpton chased their dreams to Hollywood. Kyle’s dreams came true. Ophelia’s did not. When Kyle chose his career over their relationship, Ophelia returned home to rural New York to run the family’s B & B—wiser, and more guarded against foolish fantasies. Now Kyle has come crashing back into her life, and all her defenses are down.
Kyle can’t think of a better place to write his latest screenplay than his hometown. After all, that was where he met the heart of his inspiration—his first love. He knows the damage he’s caused Ophelia, and he wants a chance to mend their relationship. If anyone can prove to Ophelia that happy ever afters aren’t only for the movies, it should be him.
As much as Ophelia’s changed, she still has feelings for Kyle. But her heart has been broken before, and she knows that Kyle could run back to Hollywood at any time. She gave up her dreams once, but maybe she can dare to change her own love story…one last time.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.