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  • Friends to lovers

    ‘Shouldn't Have You’ by Carrie Ann Ryan is book Two in the Fractured Connections Series. This is the story of Harmony Wynham and Brendon Connolly. Although each of the books can be read as a standalone I would highly suggest you read them in order because each of the these books have similar characters in them, just the main characters will be different with each of their own stories to tell. This is a friends to lovers story, but there is much more than that about this book. Talk about emotional roller coaster that pulls you in with all the Grief, Trauma, Love, Strength and healing that is in Brendon and Harmony’s story. This book is so deep with these emotions that it really takes ahold of your heart and makes it a book that will stick with you. Harmony and Brendon were friends before Harmony married Moyer. But the three of them were actually very close. But they eventually pull away from each other. After Moyer dies in a tragic accident and a mutual friend dies, both Harmony and Brendon start to hang out together again and try to help each other heal with their losses. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was so emotional for me as this was released just after my husband grandfather had passed. I can only imagine how Carrie Ann Ryan had felt at the time of writing this after her losing her husband. Carrie you did a fabulous job and should be so proud of yourself as I could feel the emotions coming off the pages.

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  • Whoa!

    Whoa! I absolutely LOVE Harmony and Brendon's story! Brendon was not only her late husbands close friend and worked with him, he was there the day of the accident. Brendon couldn't bear to be near Harmony after that, but life has a way of forcing you to face what you are hiding from. That goes for Harmony too. They have become close again, as friends, but she has no idea how her felt/feels about her. They are both hurting from things form their past, but as they grow closer together, can they take a chance on their own happiness - even if neither think they deserve it? This is at times heart breaking ,but also so sweet and passionate...I LOVED it!!

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  • Rich with emotions

    This book was rich with emotion. Full, deep, soul-touching emotions. There was no turning away from it, you didn’t want to, so you dove in, and it washed over you, through you, and took you over. And you felt it, all of it, with Harmony, with Brendon. Their pain, their confusion, their happiness, their despair, their hope. It wasn’t what you read, you felt it. I thought I was emotionally prepared from this book, but I wasn’t. It gutted me, and it lifted me up. I loved every feeling, every teardrop, every chuckle. I want everyone to read this book, so they can feel, really feel, all of it as well. This book is a masterpiece of emotions, and an amazing story, of losing, finding, accepting, and just being true to yourself in the now. That there is no perfection, but there is a life worth living, if you let yourself

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  • Another emotional tale of what happens "after"

    I'm a big fan of Carrie Ann Ryan's contemporary romances, mostly because they're full of emotion and relatable characters. Her newest series, Fractured Connections, is all about what happens after. Harmony and Brendon are good friends who share several devastating losses (a mutual friend's suicide as well as the very unexpected death of Moyer, who was Harmony's husband and Brendon's business partner), and through those losses, find their relationship changing. I was actually relieved to find that "Shouldn't Have You" wasn't nearly as emotionally jarring as the first book in the series. Harmony's grief felt very real, but it wasn't overwhelming. In a way, "Shouldn't Have You" almost read as women's fiction with Harmony's examination and ultimate rejection of all the labels she's been assigned, not coincidentally attributes that define her in terms of other people - daughter, friend, wife, and later widow - and embracing herself, defining herself. I very much enjoyed this aspect of the book. Brendon was harder for me. I didn't really feel a connection with him and usually, I identify with the male characters a lot more than I do the female characters. His tragic childhood seemed almost rote. Not to say that he wasn't sympathetic or likeable, because he definitely was. I just didn't feel like I got a lot of insight into what made him tick. And I guess that is why I kind of wrestled with this book. I don't know if it's the first person dual point of view (which I'm not crazy about) or the fact that the characters are younger, but in general, I did not feel the connection with Harmony or Brendon the way I have with Carrie Ann Ryan's other characters. The first person POV, instead of pulling me into Harmony and Brendon, I found kind of isolating and "talky," though much less with her than him. Overall, though, I enjoyed "Shouldn't Have You," and would definitely recommend it for fans of slow burn, second chance novels.

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  • Loved It

    This is a friends to lovers story, people reconnect after a death and realize they've been leaning on each other to get through the hard times. Why not see where these feelings are coming from? I cried and laughed, this whole series has all the feels in all the good ways. I loved how these characters reconnected. They need to overcome their past in order to move forward with their future.

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