Title: Second Down
Series: Moving the Chains Book 2
Author: Kata Čuić
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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 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.
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?
First and Goal
Book 1 in the Moving the Chains Series
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I don’t even know where to start with this review. This entire series has just blown me away from page one. And Second Down ups the game ten fold. These characters are so real, so fantastic and so completely relatable they will absolutely steal your heart, break it into tiny pieces, then give it back to you happy and whole. I can’t name one other series where I was so invested in a relationship. I adore Rob and Evie, I hope this series never ends. Yes, I need my happy ending, but like Penelope Douglass’s Fall Away Lane series, there will never be enough of these books.
This story picks up where First & Goal leaves off and the emotional roller coaster it takes you on is like no other. Rob and Evie’s emotions where so palpable, so heartfelt, so completely gut-wrenching my chest physically hurt at times. But what blew me away was, despite the turmoil these two have to go through, the very grown up issues they have to deal with, and the pain and heartache in their path, this book isn’t depressing. It’s freaking uplifting. It’s joyous and hopefully. This book is everything….all the emotions. This book is why you read books.
Rob Falls is swoony AF. He is one of the best book boyfriends ever written, not because he’s perfect (he’s not) but because he’s caring and amazing and loves Evie more than anything. It’s the thing we all dream about. But the fallout from her attack has him broken and reeling and unsure about the right path forward. His struggle will break your heart, and his journey will stay with you long after the last page.
Evie is phenomenal in this book. Watching her character growth from the beginning of First & Goal to the end of this book is a damn privileged. I could not love her more. Her courage, her pain, her determination, her setbacks….they are brilliantly portrayed. If you had any reservation about Evie after book one, expect to have then obliterated in Second Down. She will win your heart.
Kata’s writing just blows me away. This woman was born to tell stories. She will make you feel every emotion and she is relentless. That is a compliment BTW. I read books hoping and praying to come across something like this…..a book I can’t put down, a book that changes my perspective, a book I’m still thinking about long after I turn the last page. I don’t want this ride to end, even though I fear the road ahead (Kata has evil tendencies on occasion). Bring on Third and Long….
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.
If you’d like to suggest items for her bucket list, you can reach her here. (Disclaimer: she suffers from acrophobia.)