The Mighty Anchor by Carrie Aarons
A stoic force to be reckoned with.
The steady rock on which England is destined to lean.
Everyone’s reliable mate, at the ready to defend when called upon.
To the world, Vance Morley is the next great keeper for the Rogue Football Club, biding his time at the academy. The definition of tall, dark and handsome, his quiet confidence and mysterious persona only draw the public in. He’s their mighty anchor, both on and off the pitch.
But when it comes to the one woman he claims to love, he conveniently vanishes at the exact moment I need him. The first time I saw Vance, he was a ten-year-old standing on his lawn across the street. The first time he kissed me, we were sixteen and sitting on the very shores we grew up on. We crashed into each other like waves in a storm, fated to destroy everything in our paths. Including each other.
The first time Vance saw our son, by serendipitous accident, my little boy had already lived the first year of his life. And instantly, the man who chose football over me wants to have it all. There is no way I can trust his declarations of love and fatherhood, especially when I’m set to marry another man.
We’re a new game, one to occupy him until the world stage beckons. But the more I try to tell myself he’s not the one, the more Vance’s efforts to win us back increase.
How can I guard my heart against seeing my son with his father?
Can Vance really sacrifice his dreams in the name of love and family?
Is there a way that everyone else’s safe harbor can finally become mine too?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Second chance romance. Secret baby. Sports romance. There is so much going for this book. Truthfully, I enjoyed every minute that I spent with Vance and Lara. Their journey wasn’t easy, by any means, but in the end, it was worth it!
Lara hasn’t had an easy road. Left by her first love, before they even knew about the child they had conceived together, she worked hard to be the best mother she could. And just when she thought she was over it, that she had moved on with her life and could be happy, her past comes back, and she has to face the consequences of her secrets.
Vance is focused. He is determined to be the best in the game he loves, the game he has devoted his whole life to, the game he has given up everything for. But when he finds that he left behind more than he realized, he has to reevaluate his priorities, what is important in his life.
What did I take away from this book? It’s important to know that priorities change, life never stays the same, and what’s important today, may not be the most important tomorrow. Vance had to decide if all of his sacrifices were still worth it, or if there were things more important. In the end, regardless of who sacrifices what, who’s dreams change, love and family are what matters most.