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Champagne Toast (Love of My Life #2)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,263 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
Note: Although these books are part of a series, they do not need to be read in order.

Kate Armour and Evan Maxwell fell hard and fast for each other while attending college. Their once passionate and loving relationship ended when old scars eventually tore them apart. Two years after their breakup, they're each struggling to piece together what went wrong in an attempt to
Paperback, 1st Edition, 326 pages
Published January 8th 2013 (first published January 7th 2013)
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Melissa Brown is a new-to-me author who has given an intense, passionate, and emotional love story filled with angst. My emotions were all over the place reading Kate and Evan’s story and I loved every minute of it!

The writing is very good and flows smoothly. It's loaded with great dialogue and an added bonus is each chapter alternates between the H/h POV.

The hero is sexy as sin. The heroine is very lovable. The love scenes are scorching and intimate. The story pulls you in at the beginning and
3 Angsty Stars

I know I'm in the minority but I didn't love this book. The plot was well fleshed out and captivating but, frankly, there was nothing particularly original about it. At times, I also struggled with the prose feeling somewhat forced and simplistic but that didn't hurt my overall enjoyment of the story. I really like the heroine and felt sympathetic toward her, but I didn't care much for the hero. I'll admit that his groveling was good, but by that point it was too little, too late.
Anne OK
Jan 10, 2013 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anne OK by: Taryn Cellucci
Shelves: 2013-reads
Cheers and a champagne toast to Melissa Brown, a new-to-me-author, who wrote an amazing and unforgettable story. Champagne Toast is a moving and heartfelt second chance at love story.

Kate and Evan’s book spans more than five years beginning while each is in college and meet while working at a local bar. Their attraction is immediate and the chemistry between these two is combustible. Often times the road to happily ever after becomes bumpy and filled with potholes along the way. In their situat
For the past two years, I've been totally absorbed in the melodramatic, angst-ridden world of digital romance created (mostly) by indie authors. Their stories are usually written in 1st person POV and sometimes - as is the case here - in dual 1st person POV. IMO this is by far the best POV to tell a story from because the reader is privy to what is going on in the minds of both hero and heroine. It effectively does away with the "WTF moments" and thus brings a new vulnerability to the hero that, ...more
Molly McAdams
Jan 25, 2013 Molly McAdams rated it it was amazing

love loved.

^^I think I got enough loves in there!

What a perfect story for Evan! I fell for him in Bouquet Toss and I was so excited he was getting his own story, but I had no idea it would be anything like this!

I loved Kate and Evan together, their relationship was a mix of sweet, hot, and sassy (on Kate's part) and all came together for one hell of an adventure. Definitely not a perfect relationship by any means and there will be times you yell at both of them, but the
Lea ★
Melissa Brown never disappoints.
Ever since I read "Wife Number Seven" two years ago, I have been following her work.
There is just something special about her writing.
If you haven't discovered this author yet, trust me and pick up any of her books.
You won't regret it.
Jan 30, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it
If you've ever read a book written by Melissa Brown you already know the writing will be great; but let me tell you, folks...the love story will be amazing. Kate and Evan are no exception.

Can love, I mean, true, all-consuming love, be enough? Kate and Evan are on their jorney together to find out in this twisty-turvy, emotional ride. Meeting in college and discovering how it feels to genuinely feel like kindred souls, these two have many obstacles to overcome; mostly, self doubt and intense inse
Angst Filled 4 .5 Stars

Angst is definitely the name of the game where this book’s concerned. Told from alternating points of view, this is the story of Kate and Evan. Its lights out, love at first sight for these two college kids when Evan comes to interview for a job at the bar where Kate works. It’s not your everyday, “I think you’re aces” kind of love. It’s the kind of love that makes you protect your heart because if that love ever left, you’d be shattered.

Kate has issues. Issues with her d
Jan 16, 2013 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 3-stars

Champagne Toast by Melissa Brown is a stunning story about true love and second chances.

This novel was an emotional roller coaster. Kate and Evan's journey to love was full of ups and downs. Watching them fall in love was a joyful experience. Their happiness was contagious. Watching them fall apart and mourn the loss of one another was heartbreaking. It was touching to see how broken up they were over the loss o
Sep 28, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: sweet-guys
“Thats the thing about love- it’s full of possibilities. It can lead you down so many different paths.”

Champagne Toast is Evan and Kate’s story. A story of love, loss, second chances, forgiveness, and redemption. A story of first loves, and only loves.


Evan is a college student applying for a job at a local bar when he meets Kate. Evan is going to a prestigious university for marketing. Kate works at the bar and attends a different college part time for photography. Evan and Kate are
Mar 21, 2013 ELIZABETH rated it it was amazing
5 Beautiful “Bacon & Sugar” Stars
I L-O-V-E-D this book. Raising my Champagne Glass to Ms. Brown for her superb storytelling!! The switching of dialogue between the MCs was seem-less and the chapters written were the perfect length and captivated you without a doubt.

Ever have a deep-rooted feeling when you meet someone, that this person you cross paths with in that exact moment, is THE ONE?? You will definitely experience this feeling without a doubt. The side effects will be the tingles, c
Nina Gomez
Jan 12, 2013 Nina Gomez rated it really liked it
The second installment in Melissa Brown’s Love of My Life Series, Champagne Toast delivers a punch in the gut, a swooning romance and a testament to true love. I was more emotionally invested in the story of Kate and Evan simply because I felt their pain as they tried to maneuver through what they both believed was a relationship doomed from the start. Melissa Brown fluently expressed every emotion through Kate and Evan’s words and thoughts. When an author’s words move you enough that you swear ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Mari rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Last Kiss

There's something about this book that just draws you in, when I first read the blurb of this one I was excited to read it, the book trailer Champagne Toast Trailer was just squeeeee. I know I shouldve read Bouquet Toss first but I just had to bypass and jump right in. Im a huge sucker for second chance love stories and this one doesnt disappoint.

Evan is a sweetie, I mean really even if I had no prior background on him. He just wins. I adored him he was all heart,I was ab
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Apr 13, 2013 Kellie Maddox-Ward rated it really liked it
Shelves: college-romance
I really liked this.

Evan was a great Hero – LOVE HIM
Kate lots of fun and sass as a heroine. – Typical heroine though where you want to punch her a few times for being so fucking stupid.

Some people aren’t fans of the whole back and forth with the future of the past.

I like it when the story starts at the mark so we know they are broken and we have to go back to the past to find out what happened to them to break so we can then get to them being complete at the end.
- example Think Avoiding Re
SPOILERS... I did block the main ones out.. but just in case..

No one has ever made me feel like this, no one. So much regret, so much loss, and so much desire all swirled together in my muddled brain. In my muddled heart.

This book... sigh... god i am seriously fangirling right now - you should see how giddy I am.. seriously this smile has been plastered on my face and will be there for a while

You have me, Kate. I’m yours

This book is about two people with imperfect tim
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“I’m scared,” she says, looking into my eyes, pleading for reassurance. “Don’t be. I’m here … right in front of you. Stop pushing me away … or eventually I’ll go.”

This is the tumultuous story of Kate and Evan, two people deeply in love with each other, and their battle to find their happy ending. Over a time span of five years, we follow the ups and downs of a relationship that is tainted by mistrust, jealousy, self-doubt, pride, and eventually distance, all the while carried forward by an u
Michele Realitybitesblog
Jan 13, 2013 Michele Realitybitesblog rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

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My Thoughts:

A true romance story! If you are looking for a book that gives you that warm, fuzzy butterflies in your gut feeling....this is your book!

Although Champagne Toast has some references to Bouquet Toss, it is a stand alone book.

CT is told through both Kate and Evans point of views. I love this because I get to see and feel the deep emotion I felt for these characters! The were very relatable. Their faults were ou
Jan 14, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Really, really liked this one. Love me some romantic drama but hate the angst. Angst here was well written and didn't have me anxiously speed reading ahead to find out what would happen with Evan/Kate but satisfying enough to let me enjoy how it played out. Both Evan/Kate were evenly flawed but likeable (which is rare for me to like both H/h) and the story with its emotional ups and downs developed at an even believable pace. Alternating POV's which I always enjoy and a very HEA for E ...more
Jan 16, 2013 D rated it really liked it
EVAN!!!!!!!!!! Boom… Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you about Melissa Brown’s Champagne Toast. I was introduced into Melissa Brown’s world of writing when I found a hidden gem of a book called Bouquet Toss. Little did I know how much my reading world would be rocked. So needless to say, I was freakin’ giddy like a school- girl when I found out there would be another book following Bouquet Toss. I remember messaging Ms. Brown, telling her how much I enjoyed Evan’s character in ...more
Michael Bartolina
May 09, 2013 Michael Bartolina rated it really liked it
First things first, middle-aged, heterosexual males with Hemingway complexes were not on Ms. Brown's radar when she was penning this book. I'm about as far from the target audience of this novel as you can get. That being the case, I liked it. I really liked it.

Champagne Toast works incredibly well when the reader is drawn into the hearts and minds of Kate and Evan. These characters are fully formed and fleshed out early enough in the story that not only does the reader feel that they get to kn
Pamela Carrion
Jan 11, 2013 Pamela Carrion rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure what I love more Melissa Browns writing or her love of 80’s movies. I was given the gift of one of the best movie scene ever (insert one large boom box and one love sick John Cusack) in The Bouquet Toss and now I am gifted with The Breakfast Club (Sweet). Throw in a NKOTB reference and I knew that this book had “The Right Stuff”.

In the follow up to The Bouquet Toss, The Champagne Toast brings us Evan!

"Evan Maxwell and Kate Armour fell hard and fast for each other while attending col
May 14, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it

So glad I picked up this book. I was so certain I would love the background on Evan and Kate. I had made up my mind that it would take a while for Kate to work her way into my system. Well that took about 5 sentences. I think I fell harder for Kate than Evan did. Evan actually lost some serious ground, it took him a while to dig himself out of that hole.

I loved the start and the end of the book, but I felt a bit cheated in the middle. I know it was all for the good of the story - but I wanted my
R. C.
Jan 13, 2013 R. C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I LOVED this book! It was full of angst and romance, and the writing was beautiful. Evan and Kate were a great couple that you couldn't help but root for one minute and want to kick them in one or both of their arses the next. Both together and apart, they were at times likable and at other times...not so much. This is my kind of contemporary romance, and I loved the use of the timeline and back-and-forth POV's to tell their story. This is my first Melissa Brown read, and I can't wait to read mo ...more
Angela Mclaurin
Jan 26, 2013 Angela Mclaurin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
I thought Melissa Brown had outdone herself with Bouquet Toss, but WOW, she knocked this one straight out of the park. This is the second book in her Love of Your Life series and it does not disappoint! Evan is a man that you can't help but fall in love with! I adored him and ached with him during his journey with Kate. Melissa can write some serious love scenes without making them graphic to the point of many erotica novels. Her words flowed beautifully through this story and I was blown away! ...more
Jan 15, 2013 Marisa rated it it was amazing
I loved the story of Evan! I wondered about him in Bouquet Toss and I just knew he was a perfect storyline. It was good to see Kate come into her own....on her own. So I guess the break with Evan was a part of her life lesson to be able to stand on her own and recognize her talents and her qualities. Why is it though that the man always gets to date and screw around, but the female does not. TWO YEARS and she remains Celibate? Really? So stereotypical and so not fair.

All in all a great read....g
Jan 30, 2013 Stacey rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.The story line was a breath of fresh air. It didn't involve Billionaire playboys w/ a BDSM fetish or characters that had unrealistic heavy baggage. They were the true couple next door type. A couple you could relate to which made a huge pull on my heart while I read it. No eye rolling here.
Jan 09, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I read the sample of this book. After reading it I was hesitant to buy the book. I didn't like how the sample jumped around in time. Bout, because of the reviews I read I decided to purchase the book. I am SO glad I did. This book was awesome. I pulled at my emotions through the entire book. GREAT READ!
Aug 12, 2014 Jaix rated it it was ok
2 Disappointing Stars for me. I'm giving it two not one because I've read others that were more disappointing than this.

What I liked: I read this because I am crazy for second-chance romances. I
That theme is the only thing that I think I liked, really.

What I didn't like: Even though it had said theme, it wasn't 'executed' properly. The angst felt forced. The characters were easily upset by petty things. And their reunion scene was very anticlimactic. I was expecting an angst-filled one that wou
Jan 11, 2013 Javiera rated it really liked it
It quotes The Breakfast Club ... that sound like a winner to me! I really enjoyed reading this book it was a breath of fresh air. I wish that it had a second part.
Jan 24, 2013 Nadine rated it really liked it
Reviewed for My Secret Romance

"Love is the most possible thing in the word."

It can expand.
It can lift.
It can inspire.
It can hurt.

Evan and Kate fall in love. They lift each other. But as much as Evan tries to inspire Kate, her lack of self confidence is her own undoing. She’s talented, but sadly is too afraid to make the leap and live her dreams. There’s only so much one person can do to persuade another. Kate can’t move happily on to the next stage of her life. Fear and doubt have her frozen in
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“That’s the thing about love — it’s full of possibilities. It can lead you down so many different paths. Sure, for some of us, it can lead to sadness and regret. But, for others, well, for others it can lead them to the greatest future they could’ve ever hoped for. Love is the most possible thing in the world.” 16 likes
“I want to hear you say it,” I say, pushing her hair from her eyes. She sighs and I can’t hold back any longer. I stroke her cheek with my hand and lean in to kiss her soft lips. I half expect her to push me back, but I can’t stop myself right now. I have to do it. I have to kiss her. I need to kiss her.” 12 likes
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