Title: Second Down
Series: Moving the Chains Book 2
Author: Kata Čuić
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Some memories stand the test of time. Others, if we’re lucky, are forgotten forever. Then there are those that are etched into our hearts, branded on our souls, and carried within us until the day we die. She doesn’t remember the best and worst day of her life. Eva Papageorgiou has no memory of the brutal attack she suffered at the hands of her would-be rapist—the last few days of her life wiped away completely. But the scars she bares hint at the trauma she endured. She feels powerless and alone, no longer able to trust her own mind. The only certainty in her life is that everything is different. Until a friend reveals a secret, filling the holes of her memory. Now Eva is determined to reclaim her life and her control over it.The day he dreamed of was the one that cost him everything. Rob Falls is stuck in a perpetual nightmare, unable to move past the horrific event that changed his and Eva’s lives forever. While friends and family urge him to overcome the tragedy, he withdraws, consumed with guilt and regret no one else—not even Eva—understands. He may never earn the redemption he longs for, but he vows to help her feel safe once again. Now Rob will do whatever he can to protect the girl he loves from anyone who might hurt her—even himself.Eva longs to remember. Rob wishes he could forget. Even after everything that has come between them, they’re still drawn together. But can two damaged souls build a future even as the secrets of the past carve new scars?
Kata Čuić's writing is flawless and intoxicating. She just manages to capture me instantly with this well written and believable story.
Since I finished the first book, First and Goal I'd been thinking a lot about Rob and Evie and what was to come since it ended with a crazy cliffhanger.
Let me tell you all, the first couple of chapters were intense.
My emotions were on high alert.
I love Rob and Evie.
First and Goal laid a strong
foundation for their friendship.
It only made my connection to the two of them stronger this time around.
My heart literally broke for Rob and Evie when I read Second Down.
It was an emotional and gloomy journey to be a part of but what can one expect when they experienced
such a horrific trauma.
How they both were affected and behaved was beautifully written.
It was believable and just what I would have expected since I've come to know these two fantastic characters.
Their love and bond they have was pure and real. How they'd come to relying on each other only proved how
important they both were
to each other's recovery.
Evie was strong as hell. Fighting with everything she had to regain some normalcy in her life.
It was the opposite with Rob.
He pretended to be strong but was slowly falling apart.
It was excruciating to witness how this tough and sweet guy was blaming himself and also how the trauma affected him. I was totally surprised by his reactions from the trauma but I appreciated the choice the author chose to show that a trauma not only affects the victim but also
the people who witness it.
Their journey and recovery is far from over. I really don't know what to expect from the next book and I like that.
I'm on this path with Rob and Evie and I'm so excited to see where it leads. Kata Čuić keeps on surprising me and she definitely did with Second Down. This author is definitely
one to watch and read!
First and Goal
Book 2 in the Moving the Chains Series
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Kata lives in the greater Pittsburgh, PA region with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing or rewriting or editing or staring at the infuriating blinking cursor on her screen, she’s reading. This tends to be a point of contention with the aforementioned family since Kata can’t put a book down once she reads the first line. It’s all or nothing in a matter of hours. Binge reading tends to be detrimental to domestic goddess/supermom duties. Caffeine, wine, and natural insomnia are constant bolsters in the pursuit of getting everything done. She has a degree in Linguistics and is, in fact, fluent in several American English dialects including Pittsburghese and sarcasm. She’s eternally grateful to be a part of the last generation to go through college without social media documenting the entire ordeal. She loves long walks on the beach, romantic candlelight dinners, and holding hands. Just kidding. Her true loves are football, steak and Buffalo wings, the occasional blizzard, bonfires with friends and family, and learning new things. If you'd like to suggest items for her bucket list, you can reach her here. (Disclaimer: she suffers from acrophobia.)