This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Katherine McIntyre. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Captured Memories by Katherine McIntyre
Series: Cupid's Café #3
Also in this series:Exactly Like You
Also by this author: Forged Alliances
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: After Glows Publishing
Source: Author, Katherine McIntyre
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An invitation to Cupid’s Café will change your life.
After the incident that caused Liv Morozov to drop out of college, years later she’s still trying to pick up the pieces of her life. She’s managed to carve out a career for herself as a photographer, but when it comes to guys? Her issues send them running for the hills, every damn time.
Zane Parata has declared himself off-limits for relationships. Between trying to maintain sobriety and the long hours he works as a chef, no one wants to deal with his brand of damage, and he wouldn’t want to burden them in the first place.
When Liv shows up at Cupid’s Café, she never expected to find Zane, her brother’s former best friend who had vanished one day and never returned. The sparks that surged when they were both teens rekindle stronger than ever, and all too fast, Liv and Zane entangle in each other’s lives, breaking their own rules. Except with both struggling with the demons from their past, the love that’s begun to grow is one lapse away from shattering the two of them beyond repair.
Captured Memories is the third installment in a multi-author series about a mystical café called Cupid’s Café. It is from this café that invitations are sent out to individuals who need it most. The invitations go out to two people who are broken or hurting in some way and someone feels that together they would be whole. They are given an invitation but it is up to them to accept and once they get to the café it is up to them to pursue the opportunity that has been placed before them. Sometimes they meet a stranger, sometimes they are an unlikely acquaintance but in this book, Captured Memories, it is a second chance romance that the characters are offered.
Liv Morozov was the baby sister to Zane Parata’s best friend so for the longest time she was completely off limits, until the one night she wasn’t. Zane and Liv explored what could have been for one night but then Zane was gone without a trace and Liv’s brother would give her no details as to what happened. Liv went on with life, went to college, made friends, and then one night her life was changed forever. After dropping out of college, Liv picked up the pieces of her life with the help of her best friend and started to pursue her life’s passion of photography but her scars still remained.
Zane came from a broken home and his only bright spot in life was his best friend and Liv. They were all the good Zane had going for him until one night when everything changed. After that night, his best friend refused to have anything to do with him and since then he has been struggling with alcoholism and staying sober day to day. He has picked up his life and has been working as a chef at a restaurant for a while now but the one thing he does not mess with is personal relationships. No matter how lonely he feels at times, he knows that no one would be interested in the damaged goods that is Zane Parata.
Both Zane and Liv received invitations to Cupid’s Café and they both decided to go for their own reasons which had nothing to do with making a connection. What they did not expect was to see each other after ten years and it felt as if nothing had changed between them. They were both broken in their own ways but when life gives you a second chance that you always wished for, you grab a hold of it with both hands. Although Zane took some convincing at the start, but Liv was not one to give up. Liv and Zane may be broken but if they gave it a chance maybe they could have their happily ever after?
I am a fan of second chance romances for the most part and Captured Memories was a swoon worthy romance. Both characters from this story were unique and quirky and I loved that about them. They were also gritty, worn, and still hopeful. They both had their secrets and scars that had to come out into the open before they could work on a relationship but they also both wanted the future that was in front of them as well. Captured Memories was a sweet addition to the Cupid’s Café series and I highly recommend reading this book and series!
*Thank you to Author Katherine McIntyre for this complimentary copy of Captured Memories*