The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
Lilah isn't sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she's no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.
Ethan wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.
Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let Ethan in, though, she finds out their reunion might have nothing to do with love and everything to do with improving his game. But Ethan's already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he'll do anything to keep from losing her again.
I love both Ethan and Lilah, but I wanted to be so angry at Ethan.
It figures the one time a kid does what his parent tells them to do it has devastating consequences. Trusts are broken and hearts and futures crushed. Ethan was really doing the best he knew how, at his age, with what he knew. I felt too badly for him to be angry for what he put into motion by breaking things off with Lilah.
But Lilah seemed to be holding hard to the line she drew between what she could and couldn’t accept in a relationship with Ethan. I wanted her to go all in with him, no reservations, but that was unrealistic. You can’t just brush that kind of hurt aside. She was actually being responsible and doing the right thing for herself and I finally had to admit that she couldn’t do that and have any hope of their relationship lasting.
No matter how much I wanted it to be different, Ethan and Lilah needed to follow their own dreams first and separately to gain the maturity and experiences to recognize, appreciate and work for what they could have now. It couldn’t work any other way.
This is a really touching second chance romance. These two belonged together, they just took a detour in getting there.
And I love that Hunting adds all kinds of Easter eggs to story that connects Ethan and Lilah to others in her series. It’s fun to look for them and connects all the various Hunting universes.