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I'm loving this series! The Connollys are brothers who grew up together in foster care. Aiden and Cameron are biological twins, while Brendon is a brother of their heart. They were all adopted by a wonderful couple, Jack and Rose, now deceased. Recently they discovered a half brother Dillon, just 18 and have brought him into the fold. They are running Jack's brewery with the help of enigmatic bartender, Beckham. Friends Violet, Sienna and Harmony have recently brought new acquaintance, Meadow, into their group. The women and the men all knew Allison, a member of the tight knit girls' group, recently lost to suicide (See book # 1)
About this book: Harmony lost her husband in a road accident. Since then, she has been just going through the motions. She knows that she can rely on good friend, Brendon, when she needs to vent. Brendon has been there for Harmony, but recently he has started to see her in a new way. He's reluctant to move on it, because he feels guilty and that he's not in her league. Harmony has started dating, with hilarious consequences. But she starts to see that the only man she really wants is Brendon.
Harmony is coming to grips with her new reality, two years after her husband dies. She is putting herself out there to try dating again and to get into a new routine.
Brendon is literally a mess of emotions and still suffering with nightmares and guilt over not being able to save his friend and also about his past, and now he is feeling guilt because he can’t stop thinking about Harmony and the possible feelings he has for her❣️ And now the one person he never wanted to see again, shows up at the worst time.
This story was quite enlightening as it focuses on how Harmony is trying to move on, two years from her husband’s untimely death but also how the one person who is there for her throughout is the one she turns to when things get tough. Something else which I can see is hard is when friends decide to become more and worry that their decision will affect the group of friends they both have but also their relationship and if things don’t work out. I love these Connelly brothers and Dillon is certainly making a statement and his stamp on each of these new fractured connections that are being made😍
‘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.
This is the second book in this series and what a gem !! Brendon and Harmony have been friends since they were in High School. Harmony thinks its time to try to date people since Moyer has been gone for 2 years, a couple of her friends from the charity she runs have hooked her up with blind dates. They seem to be getting closer and they think they don't want to hurt there friendship. I highly recommend this read to everyone. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
As with all stories from this author this is a quality read. The characters are well drawn, it's well paced and long enough that it feels substantial. As with all books from this author there is no problem reading this as a standalone, although it does feature characters from other books, most notably Breaking Without You. This book deals with grief and loss and the grieving process so is not an overly 'happy' read but it does come out the other side of the grief with a HEA.
Wow! This was fantastic! A heart rending friends to lovers that totally pulled at the heart strings. There was plenty of beautiful moments between Brendon and Harmony, pulling on their friendship and developing it into so much more. A very lovely story.