Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Then Came You by Kate Meader

In the courtroom, they’re rivals. In the bedroom, they’re... divorced. But could the road trip from hell lead to a second chance at love?

Aubrey Gates is the hottest divorce lawyer in Chicago, a barb-tongued stiletto with legs that go on for miles. When her cool gray eyes meet mine across the battlefield, I want her like I’ve never wanted anyone or anything. Then I remember who she is: the woman who brought me to my knees. The woman who destroyed my faith in relationships.

The woman I used to call... wife.

And she needs a favor from me, Grant Lincoln.

It seems my ex forgot to mention the demise of our marriage to her dear old grammie, and now we’re both expected to attend her ninetieth birthday party. In Boston. And because it isn’t already awkward enough, Aubrey and I are driving there together from Chicago. That’s more than a thousand miles of tension, heartbreak, and barely concealed lust.

A little piece of paper might say we’re over, but this road trip is the true test. I intend to get my wife back... and I won’t stop until “I do.”

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was a complete pleasure read. I love this series and Aubrey and Grant are wonderful together. The second-chance romance is sweet and gritty, and I love the combination of playful banter and the darker themes that give the story some depth and maturity.

Over the past year, I’ve become a massive fan of Kate Meader’s writing. Whether it’s firefighters, lawyers, or hockey players, Meader writes fabulous characters and addictive romances. My favourite thing about Meader’s writing is her women. Too many romance writers focus solely on writing interesting, attractive men. Kate Meader actually writes convincing women. Meader’s women are wonderfully familiar but they’re also strong, successful, and aspirational characters. Meader’s women don’t need heroes to save them, they want partners who can meet them as equals. Aubrey is a perfect example. As a lawyer, she’s driven and formidable. But she also struggles with insecurity and emotions she can’t express. Aubrey is complicated, likeable, and uncompromising.

Grant and Aubrey’s relationship is complex and much of the story sifts through the past, reliving their courtship and examining the ultimate divorce. It’s not an easy read and probably the most challenging of the three books in this series. Readers dealing with grief, infertility, or relationship problems may find this book triggers them but I felt like most of the darker themes were handled sensitively and carefully. The lighter moments – Aubrey’s obnoxious cat, Grant’s Southern Charm, and the relationships between the men and women from the previous books – made this story feel more accessible and more enjoyable than most books about divorce and grief.

My one reservation is the fairy-tale epilogue that wraps up the series. I know we want happily ever afters in our romance, but I feel like Charlie, Trinity, and Aubrey deserved more than the clichés we’re given at the end. All three are fierce and unique in their stories so I’d kinda hoped for happily ever afters that reflected their identities and their relationships.

This is the third book in the series and I have loved them all, but this one is by far my favourite. It is such a change from the others, being a had-love-but-got-divorced, rather than don't-believe-in-love-at-all story. It sets the scene totally differently and for me worked beautifully.

Aubrey and Grant – on the face of it two powerful lawyers who once had it all, and each other – now pitted against each other in court and avoiding each other in life. Inevitably, mutual friends getting married means that they have to be in the same room and appear to get on. There is no clear reason for them getting divorced – although, sadly I guessed quite quickly why, and I thought it played out in a very moving way, with a few twists to catch me out... be ready with tissues!

When we get to learn about Aubrey's heartless family, and her strained relationships with her parents and why, it is easy to understand how Grant filled a hole in her soul – and that no one else has since come even close. For Aubrey that is agony, for Grant it gives him hope. And he has healed enough that he is ready to take the chance to restore their proper lives to where they were.

From the very beginning, I was utterly engaged in this story, to the extent that I read it in one go, finally turning my bedside light off at 2.30am, utterly exhausted, but completely satisfied. Thank you, Kate Meader, for a beautiful book.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Second Chance Romance
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Aubrey and Grant had an amazing relationship... until it all fell apart. Despite their breakup, they have had to interact with each other in divorce cases. Also, they share a friends group. Aubrey has tried to stay away as much as possible, but when it becomes apparent that she has to attend her grandma's birthday party, she knows she'll have to come clean about her divorce. Aubrey has felt like a failure all her life. Her parents were not helpful in that department.

Grant knows that he is still attracted to Aubrey. But does attraction equate to love? He wants to know where they went wrong. When he is presented with an opportunity to help Aubrey with her family, he jumps at the chance. He wants her back and he'll do whatever he can to show her that he's all in again.

This is a story about love, loss, and healing. It was nice to see Grant and Aubrey able to talk out their past. Being attorneys, they could argue both sides, but when their true emotions were laid bare, it was difficult to argue that they hit a rough patch and didn't know how to come out the other side. I did wish that there was more chemistry. Their interactions seemed forced at times.

I have not read any of the previous books in this series, but didn't feel that it was necessary to know who the characters were or their dynamics.

Also Available in the Laws of Attraction Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Down with Love post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Illegally Yours post.

Originally from Ireland, USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Then Came You (Laws of Attraction #3) by Kate Meader to read and review.

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