My Review: Second Down by Kata Cuic

My Review:  Second Down by Kata CuicSecond Down by Kata Cuic
Series: Moving the Chains #2
Publication Date: September 25, 2016
Genres: Romance
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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?

My Review

Second Down is book two in the Moving the Chains series. It is a YA novel and should be read after reading First and Goal.

I wonder if I’ll ever be fully aware again, or if I even want to be. The way I see it, if I can’t wake up from this God-awful nightmare, then I don’t want to face it. I can go through the rest of my life in a daze.

With the surprising and cursed ending fate threw us in First and Goal, we now find ourselves in the precarious halls of the unknown in Second Down. The atmosphere is tense and the level of awkward is so different that it causes a deep ache.

“I’m not the same guy you can’t remember, Evie. Not anymore. But, if you want, I’ll try harder to be the kind of guy you don’t want to forget.”

Cue the stream of tears that never ceased from page one to the end of this book. My heart was in perpetual phase of brokenness for Evie and Rob as the past tried to claim everything about them. Watching as they attempted to steady themselves for life, each other, friends, and family, I felt each success and digression in their journey. Coming to the final pages, I literally tried to think of every possible tragic thing that could happen so I could steel myself for the unknown. I was relieved that the ending left the door open for love with these two characters and greatly anticipate more.


4.5 Stars

About Kata Cuic

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.

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