Changing Course – Excerpt
“I’m broken Jess, but I need you to hear these words before I go. Trust me, I know saying this makes me a selfish bastard, because I’ve seen you cry three times in the five days we have been together. But for me, these last few days have been an awakening. I now see the sun behind the fog, and it’s a damn good feeling.
“I’m sorry about all of this, I truly am. Please believe me, and think about what I’ve said. I can’t promise you anything more than tomorrow, but maybe one day, the fog will disappear leaving only sunny days ahead.” He doesn’t stall even a minute longer. He simply walks to the corner, cleans up the broken glass, then walks out the front door.
Four years later, Brett is just existing. He’s lived his life on autopilot, until an unexpected tiny barista name Jesse Addison steps into his life. Jesse works at the coffee shop that Brett and his best friend and detective partner, Caleb Jones frequent for coffee and breakfast. Caleb notices that Brett shows interest in Jesse. So when Jesse asks Brett out, Caleb decides to give his friend a push towards Jesse by accepting the invitation for Brett. Brett never expected Jesse or the feelings she awakens in him. Four years after Brett’s world was shatter he slowly awakens from the fog.
I really wanted to read this book when I first found out about it. Just reading the synopsis I could feel my heart breaking already for the hero.
Brett’s story was one huge heart wrenching, pull my hair and grab a tissue ride. Dear lord did my heart hurt for him. His loyalty to his past was something I admired and loathed at the same time. I understood his reasoning but at times I wanted to grab him and shake some sense into him. His character was easy to feel for. I felt like I was taking this journey with him. The confusion the guilt and the hope all of that I felt right along with him. You can’t help but love Brett’s character and root for him to grasp and find his happiness.
Now Jesse I liked her. She is not very confident and at times her self doubting got a little bit annoying to me. She was really quick to jump to some conclusions because of self doubt. But Jesse’s big heart, caring ways and the fact that she forgives easily, endeared her to me. She was put in a very complicated situation that was either going to crush her or lead to a once in a lifetime love. I liked Jesse’s journey from shy, self doubt to a woman with sass and confidence.
Brett and Jesse together made for some emotional read. These two had chemistry up the wazoo. Their interaction had me either giggling, frustrated or hot and bothered. I liked how Aly handled telling the readers about the last 4 years through flashbacks from Brett’s POV. The glimpse we get of how Brett’s life has been up until present will break your heart.
I loved the secondary characters in Changing Course. Caleb..oh Caleb I can’t wait to get your story. His story is going to be tissue worthy one too. Caleb was such a great friend in this story. I also enjoyed Brett and Jesse’s family. I’m hoping Jesse’s brother gets a story. Kara the dirty mouthed best friend of Jesse was a riot. She’s the kind of girl I’d like to party with. I’m hoping she gets a story.
I really enjoyed Changing Course and can’t wait to read more from this author. I definitely recommend this book and recommend you have some tissues on hand.
*Connect with Aly*