Author: Melissa Toppen
Date published: Apr. 21st, 2017
Stars: 4.0 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Second Chance Romance
POV: Dual; First Person
It’s not always about how we fall- it’s about where we end up once we land.
I remember the very first time I laid eyes on Cole Lincoln. It still feels like yesterday when he stumbled into my life with his messy brown hair and dark eyes. Even though I was only ten years old at the time, I knew right then and there that he was going to change everything.
From that point on Cole and I were always together—inseparable—and I naively believed we’d be best friends forever. But forever didn’t last nearly as long as I expected.
We grew up and grew apart, life driving the distance between us, but my love for Cole never faltered. Even long after he moved away, leaving me and our little town behind, I still carried a piece of him with me every single day. Because Cole wasn’t just my childhood best friend- the boy who knew me better than anyone else in the whole world. He was also my first love- a part of my very core.
When a tragic death brings us face to face again after six years, every single memory comes rushing to the surface. Only this is not the boy I fell in love with all those years ago. The man before me is hardened, intimidating, and so damn sexy I practically melt when those dark eyes meet mine for the first time in six years.
And like the first time he walked into my life, I know with complete certainty that everything is about to change.This was a friends-to-lovers book.
Cole Lincoln and Melanie Anderson first met when they were 10 years old. From then on, they were inseparable. That is until Cole stated dating one of their common friend, Dawn. Cole and Mel both fell in love but too scared and stupid to admit it. Hurt by her friends dating behind her back, she retreated. Mel also dated other guys but never did her mind forgotten her Cole. Mel then faced a devastating news – her mom had cancer and she had to take care of her brothers. She’s so selfless and that made me love Mel even more. She always put others first. It’s admirable. Cole left for NYU then they lost contact.
Fast forward to six years…
Cole and Mel came face-to-face though due to a sad circumstance – their friend’s funeral. Mel’s in a two-year old relationship. Sure they loved each other but nothing special. Then Cole came back to town. He brought his f*ck buddy because he wanted to prove to himself he moved on. Yeahhh right. Every single one of their friends knew that they’re soulmates. Cole decided to fight for Mel and this time he’ll fight for the girl that owned his heart since he was 10. They both broke up with their respective relationship and decided to give each other a chance. From then, it was Cole and Mel. They spent time together as if there was no six year gap. And then HEA. 😀