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Then There Was You

(Second Chances Duet #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,487 ratings  ·  534 reviews
Love and the right timing were two things I didn't believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn't built to
ebook, 262 pages
Published March 1st 2018
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Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-four-stars
4.25 stars!!!


Oh the ANGST! I devoured this book. Seriously, I need the next book ASAP. The ending of this book shook me. I need to know what happens, and thank god the next book is released soon! 

Tessa Monte is back in her hometown temporarily. She loves this town, but having Rowan Hawthorne, her first love, here makes things difficult for her. Rowan and Tessa were completely inseparable until they went to college, then things fell apart between them. It’s obvious that feelings are still there
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
➳Second chances are rare to find, but in this fictional world, Claire Contreras knows how to get you hooked, invested, and fall in love with her characters that are unique in every sense of the way...

➳As a reader who detests any sort of angsty romance I must say... this novel was not half bad. Also, as an avid lover and follower of Claire's I can say that her writing has made a way of a one-eighty degree turn. I am going to make this review short and sweet because I don't really have a lot o
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I tightened my hands at my sides to keep from reaching out just yet, hoping she’d contradict everything I threw at her. Hoping to end this once and for all. We weren’t meant to be. We never had been; we never would be. She wanted to be free of this place, and I had ties that rivaled the roots of a white oak keeping me here.

THEN THERE WAS YOU has got to be one of the most painfully angsty books I've read recently. I think I’m not as strong as
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Oh for the love of god....... fricken cliff hangers.

I usually wait until all the books are out in a series that ends unresolved. But damn it I know the next book is out soon so why not, but why oh why oh why do I do this to myself. And holy shit I could throw this fricken book at the way it made me feel. Oh the feelings... I’m keeping this spoil free but I’m dying to get the next book and to let you all how impatient I really am

Rowen and Tessa are childhood friends and lovers. Separated b
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5 "My Tessa" Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

-He looked at me as if I were the world. Like I was the sun and he was locked in my orbit.

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Tessa Monte is a beautiful 24 yr. old woman who is following her dreams in fashion design. She has two weeks to decide which city to pick for her apprenticeship, but first she’s heading to her hometown to wrap up some loose ends. She’s torn between wanting to finally be free of this place, and never leaving. She has so many wonderful memories of home, but it wa
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I'm speechless, I have no words!!This book was fantastic, I devoured it in one sitting!I couldn't write a proper review for days!I have so many feelings with this one , I was happy,frustrated and


Rowan and Tessa take the reader in an emotional roller coaster!These two have a pretty heavy past. Their relationship is full of tension,ansgt and some really intense and steamy moments!I couldn't put the book down because I simply couldn
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‘THEN THERE WAS YOU:’ Is a full length, contemporary romance novel and is the first book within the ‘second chances duet’ by Author Claire Contreras. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' In this we meet 'Tessa and Rowan' There's isn't an easy story to read, he will drive you insane at times but it's their story.

In this we meet twenty four year old Tessa Monte who is following her life time dream of becomin
Claire Contreras
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✰ Liz ✰
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"I'm not afraid of anything."

Then There Was You is the first book in the Second Chances Duet. A heartbreakingly beautiful story of two best friends who experience love and loss and then love again.

"Love was an illusion. Love had never been on my radar."
Tessa Monte and Rowan Hawthorne have been frenemies every since they shared a young romance that ended abruptly. Rowan is destined to take over his family business and Tessa, a flourishing fashion designer, has been offered an inter
Olga therebelreader
Wow.... From the start I was spellbound! I couldn't put it down. This is one of those wonderful intense reads that delivers everything you want. I loved it!! I loved the angst within. It was full of emotionally twists and turns. A totally mind blowing book.

Onto the book, the story is told present day and utilizes flashback chapters to flesh out the past and present relationship between the protagonists, Rowan and Tessa. The flashbacks allow the reader to experience the evolution of their relati
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
PS: I decided to review this series as a whole. This is a combined review for books 1 + 2!

“One thing I learned in the aftermath of our love was that my heart can crack, break into a million pieces, and shatter like glass, but it kept beating.”

This series is drama, angst, and heartbreak wrapped in a sexy package of heartwarming. Two books that suck you in and don’t spit you out until the last pages. If I had one word to described the Second Chance duet it would be: INTOXICATING. From the moment I
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was kind of meh. It felt way too slow and took way too long for me to get into it, but then it did pick up and left me on a cliffy enough that I am ready to jump into the next book, My Way Back to You. I also stuck with it because so many of my GR friends seemed to like it, so it very well could be a "just me" thing 🤷🏻‍♀️

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Tessa and Rowan's story. They've known each other since they were kids, but when Tessa returns home to clea
Dee Montoya
Five Angsty Stars*****

From the moment I saw the gorgeous cover and read the blurb for Then There Was You I knew I had to get my hands on this book. So you can imagine that the expectations were high, and let me tell you, Claire Contreras delivered; boy, did she deliver. This was a story with a lot of heart and lot of feels, a powerful romance that grabs you from the moment you start reading.

Starting with the beautiful town setting, the meaningful back story and the realness of the characters, I
Wil Loves Books!
“This was what people spent their lives searching for. This scary, upside down feeling that made them feel as if they were on the brink, between their first and last breath. I’d always held on to the notion that I’d rather be alone than sparkless, but since I’d tasted the sparks, I had been afraid they’d be strong enough to make me implode.”

Ahhh this books was angsty perfection! There is no doubt that Claire is the Queen when it comes to angsty second chance stories. And those stories are co
4 “Back Again”Stars

Oh man. My stomach is in knots. This angsty back and forth love/not love story has me on pins and needles. I need book two like yesterday.

Then There Was You is the first book in the Second Chances duet. It follows Rowan and Tessa. High school sweethearts whose relationship fell apart when they went to college, these two fight. A lot. Now Tessa is back in her home town temporarily and is constantly thrust back into Rowan’s path. Determined to forget him, she does her best to i
Sentranced Jem
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it


Title: Then There Was You (Second Chances Duets #1)
Author: Claire Contreras
Genre: Contemporary romance, Adult
Publication Date: March 1, 2018


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Oh the angst!

I swear, I feel like I haven't read a book in a while that has this amount of angst.

Then There Was You is my first Claire Contreras book and I loved it! I am a romantic at heart and I am a
Rachel Reads Ravenously
2.5 stars

The premise of this book is normally something I would love. Angst? Check. Second chance romance? Check. I duet I didn't have to wait for the next book? Check.

Unfortunately, this one I failed to connect with. So many positive reviews are out there so I recommend you give this book a shot or read some other reviews. But from the beginning of this book I didn't see the spark between the main characters and often was scratching my head at the behavior between the two.

I will forever love
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

“You’re going to ruin everything.”

“But not you. I won’t ruin you.”

This is a second chance romance and that's a bold statement considering Rowan is so @&$%!#....ugh, I just don't know what to say. He's not exactly broken and it's obvious that he's the way he is because of how he was raised so you can't totally fault him but still...

Rowan and Tessa had a thing in high school. He wanted her to go to the same college as him but she's very independent and wanted to follow her dream so she did
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Where do I even begin? I am not sure. This book had me all over the place! Then There Was You is the about a girl and the boy next door, but oh so much more.

First, this isn't a regular boy, no he is a smart, funny, a rower - I LOVE rowers, and the boy that every girl wanted. But Rowan didn't want just any girl, the only girl ever he even considered wanting was Tessa.

Tessa has known Rowan her entire life and she knows he doesn't want forever with anyone. She also knows his entire life he was tau
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Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰



Tessa has been friends with the two Hawthorne brothers Rowan and Samson her whole life. One day she and Rowan became more. But it was never meant to be forever - Rowan doesn't do love and forever. And then he left for college, where he hooked up with Camryn. And then he forgot to mention to Tessa that his dad was buying her dad's company.

Now, five years later, they're all back in Ithaca. Rowan kinda wants Tessa back. She's the only woman he ever felt anything for. Even though love is not his thi
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
The first half of this book had me completely confused. I was torn. I didn't know what I was feeling, if I was feeling the connection, the chemistry, the backstory that I desperately wanted to feel and understand. I wavered between wanting to hungrily turn the pages to see where this was going and struggling to connect with it at all. It was such a crazy war I had going on inside me at first but by the end I was so glad I had pushed on. Truthfully, I had no choice BUT to push on. I was hooked. S ...more
Luna Sol
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The emotions, the twists, the surprises and these two....sighs! Rowan and Tessa will captivate your heart. Full review to come closer to release. Claire Contreras writing is beautiful, the connection between the characters so intense and it really glued me to the pages to see what was going to happen. I just love it when a book makes me feel all the emotions. Congratulations to Claire Contreras on an amazing return. And OMG I need that second book!!!
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
This is the first half of a fantastic angsty, second chance love story. Claire writes stories that are packed with emotion so I knew I was going to enjoy this duet.

Rowan, Samson and Tessa grew up together in the same town, went to school together and were very close friends. In high school Rowan and Tessa began dating but when it came time to choose a college Tessa and Rowan went their separate ways. Neither of them realised it at the time but their love story had just begun.

They are both now in
Yvette (Booksandbandanas)
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Only Claire Contreras! Only Claire knows how to write a book of second chance love with angst, regrets, and a life that has been planned for you.

This book was amazing! I cant believe it ended that way. Why?! Ugh. Claire takes you on a ride. The ride. A free fall of every single emotion you can comprehend in only an incredible story.

I need book 2 yesterday!

So many things I want to say about Claire’s amazing writing craft, she’s just that author who never ever lets be down, ever. She’s in a leag
Berry ♡ Nice
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I fell in love almost immediately.
This story is refreshing. I laughed. I cried. I understood the struggles and decisions each one of them had to make. The bond and connection between these two is one that cannot be hidden. It's obvious they belong to each other. My heart broke for Tessa. My heart broke for Rowan...The hardest choices are the ones we make when we think it's the only one.

Rowan is a swooned worthy-fall head over heels in love with kind of man. He is strong, tough and dete
Dilek VT
After reading my friend NMmomof4's review, it is a big No for me:
4 Stars (for now)

This is one of those books where I totally understand why some readers love it but I also get why some hated it. I found myself alternating between the two and at certain times, I loved and hated the characters at the same time. I'm not even sure how to explain it. I guess it's a case of I feel so connected to the characters that I definitely felt for them. I felt their struggles, their doubts, and indecisions but at the same time, they (especially the hero) are SO DAMN FRUSTRAT
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Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author who traded her psychology degree to write fiction. Don’t worry, she still uses her knowledge on every single one of her characters.

She’s a breast cancer survivor (x2), who was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Florida, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two adorable boys, and French bulldog.

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