3 starsContemporary RomanceSecond chance

Wide Open Spaces (Shooting Stars #2) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Wide Open Spaces Book Cover Wide Open Spaces
Shooting Stars #2
Aurora Rose Reynolds
Contemporary Romance
August 29, 2016

That moment your life changes.
That moment that changes your life.
That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.
That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.
There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.

When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.

Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.

Some things never change and love is one of them.

Val’s Review

3.5 Stars

There was a lot of drama surrounding this book, so I’m gonna address that first.


Yes, the H and the h have a child together when a they are young.
And, yes, they child give that child up for adoption.

Now, the H does NOT FORCE the h to do this. It’s a decision they make TOGETHER and the h even stresses that at one point in the book.

Now, keep in mind – I’m NOT here to change anyone’s mind about reading this book; however, I will say that I personally have a very strong opinion about adoption.


My husband was adopted.
His sister was adopted.
His mother was adopted.
And his Aunt was adopted.

And they are all happy, well adjusted people.



I know that the reason a lot of people are choosing NOT to read this – has nothing to do with the actual adoption itself, but with the fact that the H hooks up with another chick three months after he and the h break up…and that woman falls pregnant with twins – which they keep.

Which IS what happens.

Now, obviously, there was more going on at the time… The H was poor and he and the h were young and decided on the adoption together…and by the time the OW – whom he slept with in a moment of “weakness”- got pregnant (with twins), the H had gotten a job and more stability…and the OW made it clear that she was keeping the children and expected the H to “step up….”

But still…Quite frankly, as “real life” and “second chance” as this book is, this scenario is just going to leave a poor taste in some people’s reading mouths. And it’s ALL of our right to NOT read something we know we aren’t going to be happy with.

Now, I’m all for “pushing limits” and “leaving your comfort” zone, but I’m sorry, I’m NEVER going to read about animal abuse or ridiculous love triangles. One makes me sick and the other I just don’t find to be an enjoyable read. And the scenario in this book is someone’s love triangle.

That said, I’m not here to talk anyone into or out of reading this. I’m simply giving my opinion on it.


As far as the story line goes…as it always is with this author, the Kristen Ashley influence was very strong and very obvious to me.

-The way Shelby and Zach snuck back and forth from their houses at night (as they were next door neighbors) felt very At Peace.

-The way Aubrey hated her mother, the way the brother didn’t and just the mother herself felt very Games of the Heart. In fact, Aubrey felt like a copy of Reese in certain ways.

-The dying gramps who left the house to the h and had spent a lot of time with the H’s kids felt very The Will.

I could go on….but, bored.

I don’t know. I’m not suggesting anything nefarious, or even saying that it bothered me…I’m just saying that I couldn’t help but notice.

Also, I just felt like things moved a little fast.

Considering how many years of distance and heartache these two had stored up, I just felt like they came back together a little more quickly than I would have liked. Also, there was just a sense of depth that was missing for me.

That said, I did find the story to be enjoyable enough, although I must say, I don’t ever see myself re-reading it.


***There is a shit storm of drama surrounding this book, which I’m not trying to become a part of…I’m just not one to ignore an elephant sitting in my living room, thus my mentioning it. Regardless, I love ARR…and I want to find out what the haps is myself***

That said, this brings up an important issue that I think everyone should give some serious thought to…