One Last Wish (Shooting Stars #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Released: September 2, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Finding out my husband, my best friend, only had months to live was devastating.
Sitting out under the star-filled sky, listening to him wish on star after star, night after night, almost killed me.
He never wished to get better.
He wished for me to be happy.
He wished for me to find the strength to move on.
I told him his wishes were pointless, because happiness wouldn’t exist without him.
I found out soon after he passed away that I was pregnant.
But I had no idea his final wish would bring me something I never thought I’d find again.
Timing is everything when it comes to Aubrey and Denver's relationship. They grew up together and have been in love with one another since they were 17. Due to a misunderstanding and a fear of the unknown, Aubrey ends up in a relationship with Gabe and eventually marrying Gabe. Aubrey thought she would have her safe space with Gabe forever, but unfortunately 7 years after they get married Gabe falls ill and dies. Denver had given Aubrey her distance with Gabe, but when Gabe dies he decides to be there for Aubrey for whatever she needs and was willing to wait forever for her to be his.
This one had a bit of a rough start for me. There are a few time lapses and before you know it they are in their early 30s and Aubrey's daughter is now 4 years old. The main issue I had was with the time jump from Aubrey discovering her pregnancy to right before her daughter's 4th birthday. You are told how much of a support system Denver has been and the constant presence he has had in Lyra's life. I wish we would have been able to see some of this happen instead of being told about it after the fact. Seeing Denver being Aubrey's rock during those first few years after Gabe's death would have added another beautiful facet to both him as a character and his relationship with Aubrey.
The chemistry between Aubrey and Denver is so heartwarming. You can really feel their love for each other, even with Aubrey fighting it every step of the way. There is so much tension sexually, but also emotionally. Aubrey goes through some guilt having her feelings for Denver, and it was hurt my heart watching her trying to battle it and her feelings for Denver. It was interesting to watch them navigate each other and discover this new piece to their relationship.
Denver's relationship with Aubrey's daughter Lyra hit me right in the heart. From day one he has treated her as if she were his own and he would do anything for that little girl. His love for Lyra is so precious and fatherly that it just makes you fall in love with him even more. Denver is not only willing to fight for Aubrey, but he will give everything he has to make Lyra happy as well.
It was a heartfelt quick read, one that tested your emotions at every turn.They loved each other since they were 17, but they didn't allow that love to blossom and groom till they were in their 30s. They could have plagued themselves with the "what if" of coming to terms with their love when they were younger, but if it wasn't for that misunderstanding and fear they wouldn't have had Lyra. It's all about timing for Aubrey and Denver. Their Boom made you go through the loss and heartache so that you could appreciate the love and family that was created from it.
Rating: 4 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.