Then There Was You
Then There Was You
By Mona Shroff
The wrong man never felt so right.
When helicopter medic Daniel Bliant answers an emergency call at Phil’s Bar, he can’t believe who the bartender is: the beautiful woman he saw in his ER months before and hasn’t been able to stop thinking about. He should forget her. After all, he knows he’s damaged goods. But Annika is intelligent, fun and totally stunning—the breath of life he desperately needs after the incident that left him shattered.
Annika Mehta is doing just fine. She loves her job as a kindergarten teacher, even if the pay is low and she has a side gig working at Phil’s. At least the bar owners are more like family. Sure, she’s reeling from a bad breakup and the terrible event that caused it, but she’s fine. Really. What she doesn’t need is Daniel. He’s wrong for her in every single way—so why is their chemistry off the charts?
This book definitely needs some trigger warnings: miscarriage, school shooting, death of a child, racist attack.
I went into this story thinking it was going to be a light read and wow, was I wrong. This book was emotionally rough. It definitely puts the characters and the reader through the wringer. Daniel meets Annika on the worst day of her life and she doesn’t remember him. When they meet again later, the chemistry between them in burning. But Daniel has experienced severe trauma in the past and he hasn’t dealt with it. Annika is understanding and supportive and even willing to stand up to her parents, who want her to marry an Indian doctor and go to medical school herself, for him. This book has some great family moments and a lot of healing but it takes time and the characters need to work for it. It’s certainly not for those looking for a light read. But if you push through the trauma, it is worth it in the end.
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.