They’ll change each other’s fate…

One fateful night Bobby Hannigan sustains a gunshot wound that could end his career as a police officer. If that’s taken from him, he doesn’t know what he’ll do. The only ray of hope is Teagan Shaughnessy—a kindhearted single mom who understands his struggles.

Teagan and her young son have just moved back to the Carolina coast to be near family. When she meets Bobby, the timing feels wrong, but everything else feels oh-so-right. Bobby and Teagan each had plans for their own futures. But they’re finding that those plans are meaningless if they can’t be together.

Titles in The Shaughnessy Brothers series include:  Made for Us – Love Walks In – Always My Girl – This Is Our Song – A Sky Full of Stars -Holiday Spice – Tangled Up In You

Title:  Tangled Up In You
Series:  The Shaughnessy Brothers #7
Author:  Samantha Chase
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 30, 2019
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I have loved the Shaughnessy Brothers series, and over time have come to see them as one of my favorite fictional families.  They are real, believable and their stories have only gotten more poignant, more realistic over time as well.  If I had to pick a favorite novel from this series it would have to be TANGLED UP IN YOU for several reasons.  Mostly though because Teagan’s and Bobby’s lives, emotions, and situations were so real that they broke my heart and eventually healed it back again along with their own.  It takes a powerful story to have me crying actual tears, oh, misty eyes yes that’s common but to be reaching for the tissues to wipe my face — that is a story that got to me, and this one certainly did.

Teagan is a strong woman, she’s had to be.  The man she was to marry was killed during his deployment and he never got to see their son.  She’s built a life for her son, Lucas.  Put herself through school and now has the job she’s wanted as a guidance counselor.  The job requires a move back to where her extended family lives but with her parents also making the move it’s no hardship and certainly an adventure for them all.  She never wanted to fall in love with a man who constantly puts his life on the line ever again.  The heartache, the pain is simply too much to contemplate.  She also never expected to find Bobby at a time when he would need her friendship the most – or for the direction their friendship would move to.

Bobby is facing a career-ending injury.  Being a police officer is his life and he cannot imagine not being able to do that.  With intense rehabilitation, there is the chance he can return, and he is determined to make the most of that chance.  Meeting Teagan and her son, Lucas, came at just the right time.  Neither expected to find love and getting beyond Tegan’s fears will take some persuasion and understanding.  Yet the happiness of this woman and one sweet little boy would be enough, but if Bobby can have it all he intends to try.

TANGLED UP IN YOU is going to wreck your heart.  It’s that simple.  The pain both Teagan and Bobby have gone through are different yet so very real and believable.  Watching them lean on each other, finding a passion between them, loving one little boy and each other was a delightful journey.  It will break your heart, yes, but you’ll also find the joy and healing that loving someone can be in life.   I would recommend this story to any Romance reader no matter your preferred genre.  This one is real, it feels it and presents itself as something that could happen to anyone despite the career choices of our couple.  Life happens and we either adapt or sink.  Samantha Chase has always given me a good story – this time she presented me with a gem that I will return to again.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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