Review & Contest: Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec

Wish You Were Mine by Tara Sivec
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours
Pages: 368
Source: Book provided by NetgGalley for review
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Five years. I would’ve stayed away longer if I hadn’t received the letter. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about her, haven’t missed her smile, haven’t wished that things were different.

The last time I saw my two best friends, I vowed to not stand in the way of their happiness, even if that meant I couldn’t be a part of their lives. Cameron James and her emerald-green eyes were too much of a temptation and I couldn’t stay and watch them together. Cameron deserved better than me. She deserved him.

But now that I am back, things are different. I’m not going to stand by and watch the woman I’ve always loved slip away again. I’m done living my life with regrets and I’m ready to tell her the truth. And I’ll do whatever it takes to show her that I always wished she was mine.

 

Review:  Judging from the book description, there was a good chance that I might need some tissues after wading through the angst of first love and second chances.

I was right. Not only did author Tara Sivec tug at my heartstrings, she emphasized the power of true love. Wish You Were Mine is a beautifully crafted story about how strong connections can be, regardless of the passage of time.

Everett is haunted by thoughts of what could have been, deep regrets brought to the surface when a letter arrives. That letter pops the seal from the past, causing him all sorts of anguish and guilt. His struggles are painfully laid out, from his reliance on alcohol to the memories that he relives. Always at the center is the trio of friends — Aiden, Cameron and Everett.

I liked how the author alternated between present and past to give a better foundation of why Everett left with unresolved feelings. When the story moves to focus on Cameron’s financial struggles with the camp her family operates for children of military families, I was able to see more about her giving personality.

As Everett tries to find a way for a second chance, continued misunderstandings mark his interactions with Cameron. I admired his persistence in digging through all the guilt in order to express his love. The unexpected plot twist almost destroyed their chances, but it was an exceptional addition to the storyline.

I found this to be an excellent story, complete with all of the emotional angst one can expect from a second chance at love.

 

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Author Bio

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

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