What Might Have Been by Wendi Zwaduk
Length: Short Story (64 Pages)
Other: M/F, Light Bondage
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Foxglove
A second chance has never been this sweet or sexy.
Macy Shibley left Mason, Ohio, to figure out who she was and what she wanted. But after more than a few disastrous relationships, she refuses to let anyone tie her down. She’ll control the tying, thank you very much. No man has ever managed to chip away the walls around her heart...except for one man.
Tanner Connolly has never forgotten his high school crush. The sweet blonde with the vibrant eyes fills his dreams and fantasies. He’d had a shot in school to make her more than a friend, but blew it for the sake of appearances. Now he’d like to know what might have been and use it to create a future. But he’ll have to let her go to prove he wants more than one night...
What Might Have Been is a delightfully hot and passionate story of love lost and regained.
Fifteen years ago, Macy Shibley laid her heart at the feet of her high school crush, and he stomped on it with cleats. Then her ex did a number on her confidence, so now Macy flies solo, never settling down in any one place. With her career as a successful erotic romance author, she is always on the go, and on her own terms.
Now she’s back in her hometown for her high school reunion, and thinking about Tanner Connolly, the one man that could bring all her well-built shields crashing down. As for Tanner, he’s spent the last fifteen years kicking himself for being such a fool and hurting Macy. All he wants now is a chance to make it up to her, to see if they can recover What Might Have Been. Can Tanner convince Macy to take one more chance on him? Can Macy open her heart and accept what Tanner is offering? Can these two find what they thought was lost so long ago?
I love Wendi Zwaduk’s small town atmosphere in her romances. It makes me feel like these are people I know, or would like to meet and be friends with. The characters in this are all too familiar: the arrogant jock gone to seed, the society queen of the prom, all those folks left behind as you grew up.
Macy is a strong character. She is smart and sassy, and willing to buck the trends. She is determined to protect her heart, but also to show all those people that ignored her way back when that she did just fine without their attention. She is the perfect mix of confidence and apprehension, willing to reach for what she wants, even if she is afraid she won’t know what it is when she gets it. I loved her take-charge attitude where Tanner was concerned.
Tanner is strong, handsome and determined to correct the one mistake he made in his life: walking away from Macy. I loved that he wasn’t going to let anything, or anyone, stand in the way again. I was delighted when Tanner let Macy take control, and I loved his reaction to that as well. I also liked his protective nature, wanting to keep Macy from being hurt again.
There are wonderful secondary characters here, and I especially liked Macy’s two friends Remi and Berto. They are fantastic, and I would love to see more of them, maybe in their own book. This is a very hot story, and the scene where Tanner gives Macy complete trust and control is one of the best scenes in the book. Of course, as with any high school reunion, there are those folks you would rather not see, and they show up here trying to cause trouble for Macy and Tanner.
Do these two get their second chance at love? After a couple of false starts, they get everything they deserve. But beware, this one will suck you in and keep you wanting more.