In This Life by Cora Brent

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KATHLEEN
Loner. Volatile. Wickedly hot and unforgiving. 
Probably not the kind of man anyone should trust with an infant.
Definitely not the kind of man any woman should trust with her heart.
When Nash Ryan returned to town for the sake of his baby brother I thought I already understood who he was. 
I also thought I was done giving my heart away until he proved otherwise. 
But we don’t stand a chance. 
Everything is ready to unravel.
And the secrets I’ve kept will be our undoing.

NASH
This isn’t the first time I’ve known tragedy.
Maybe that’s why I’ve chosen to remain alone.
But my life of solitude ends now because a terrible twist of fate has made me the guardian of my four-month-old brother.
Suddenly I’ve got a kid to raise and a family business to save and there’s no time for anything else.
That’s why Kathleen Doyle and I made this arrangement.
Once a skinny nerd girl who used to follow me around everywhere, she’s now a single mom with flaming hair, a killer body and too many responsibilities.
We told each other it was just sex.
We told each other there were no strings attached, no expectations.
We lied.
And the consequences will cost us.
But I’m not surrendering this new family without a battle.
Because in this life we might only get one chance to have it all.

Pet’s $0.02

This book kind of surprised me. 

There were so many ways that Kathleen and Nash could be connected and none of them panned out the way I thought they would. 

Kat has made some mistakes in her past that I really don’t think she should feel badly about. I can see why and how they happened. The fact remains she is a wonderful mother and her ex was an ass and didn’t deserve her. She’s proven the kind of woman she is and she should be proud of it.

Nash I felt bad for. He got the shit end of the stick with his fathers and his ex. His father was an asshat who alienated his own son. And, though Nash comes to find some acceptance of what happened, I find that I’m not as forgiving. His father didn’t deserve a son like Nash. His father created that toxic situation, and Nash deserved so much better.

Ultimately, this is a book about learning to live with the things that happened in your past and stepping up when life dictates the need. I loved that Nash loved his little brother so much that he was able to set aside the hurts from his past, and that Kat was able to resolve some issues that sprung up from hers. These two were real, and I could completely relate to their situations.