What Happens Tomorrow by Elle Michaels
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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No one knows what happens tomorrow...
When Brooke Adams suffers the unimaginable, she knows her heart will never be whole again. Faced with the choice of giving in to her grief, or fighting to regain a resemblance to the life she once knew, she chooses to fight.
Not ready to give up, Brooke starts a new life where no one knows her past. As she slowly puts the pieces of her life back together, Brooke meets her neighbor, Tyler Reynolds. Soon, he becomes her friend, her rock...
and her complicated constant.
Despite her best efforts, she finds herself falling for him, but what will happen if Tyler learns the truth about her past and realizes just how deep the damage is?
The risk might be too much..
What Happens Tomorrow is the debut novel by Elle Michaels. It’s a sweet story about forgiveness and finding love again. Brooke is running from her past and she does so practically straight into Tyler’s arms. There were several things I really liked about this story. For one, Tyler, he’s definitely a compassionate, kind hearted, genuine person. His character comes across as an all around loving guy. It’s always encouraging when I read about “real” men. Confident is sexy. Sometimes arrogance isn’t so much. Tyler is anything but arrogant. His patience is remarkable and it just makes his feelings for Brooke that much more genuine.
I also liked the story itself. I can appreciate a good love story just like anyone else. Brooke’s past is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. There is no way to measure one’s grief. Her story is hers alone. Tyler was literally the perfect person to help her heal, allow her to find herself, and most importantly show Brooke that it’s okay to love again.
I would have liked a bit more in the beginning though. I think if I had more of Tyler and Brooke’s foundation as friends I could have adapted more quickly to their romantic ties. It just sort of happens and were just told it happens not really shown. I think if I could have tied that together better I would have enjoyed this story just that much more. As it is I felt a bit disconnected. Almost like I had to work just as hard as the characters to realize the emotional connections. With that said I totally appreciate that this wasn’t necessarily as story about the chase. This was a story about “now we’re together, how do we navigate a relationship?” Tyler likes Brooke, Brooke likes Tyler, so now what? It’s refreshing to read the story AFTER the couple gets together. I know everyone probably enjoyed the duel pov’s but I think that for this particular story, it would have been truly beautiful and poignant in only Brooke’s words. I wanted her journey through this grief and transition.
I also liked that the drama wasn’t inconsistent. Meaning the drama was necessary for this couple to move forward. It incorporated reactions and responses that real couples are likely to go through. You will need tissues!! Be ready because it is an emotional read. There were many times when I smiled but probably more times when I teared up. There are some really sweet moments for these characters that just pull your heart strings. And the end! Oh my the end is just the perfect wrap up for this story. So beautiful.
Although I needed a bit more to fill this story out, I really think it’s an excellent start for a debut author. I have a feeling that her next book will be even better! I look forward to hearing or should I say reading more from Elle Michaels.
After dinner, we take Charlie out for a walk. I love our casual walks at night with my arms wrapped around this hand- some man.
“I…uh…I have something to tell you. I’m a little nervous, so can you please hear me out without interrupting me?”
Tyler stops dead in his tracks, letting go of my waist. “All right…but why are you nervous? You know you can tell me anything, right?”
Biting my lip nervously, I nod. I wish his words calmed my nerves this time, but they don’t. “Please. Don’t interrupt, just listen. We’ve been seeing each other for a couple of months now and things have been amazing, so I wanted to tell you that I…I’m…”
Oh, damn it, Brooke. Spit it out already!
With his signature devilish grin, he teasingly cocks his brow, trying to appear puzzled by my statement.
This is so embarrassing. Maybe I should have kept my mouth shut.
“Ready? I’m not sure I understand? What exactly is it that you’re ready for?”
Ass! He knows exactly what I mean. I elbow him in the side as my face turns fifty shades of embarrassed. “Jerk! You know exactly what I’m trying to say.”
His grin grows bigger, telling me he’s enjoying my discomfort. Reaching for me, he pulls me towards his chest. “Sweet- heart, I’m sure I know exactly what you mean, but I wanna hear you say it. I want to hear the words come out of your gorgeous lips.”
He’s really gonna make me beg. “I’m ready for us to…you know…for us to…be together.” I cover my face with my hands. I’m ready to crawl under a rock now.
Pushing me back from his chest, he eyes me with such tenderness. “Can we please take this conversation home? I really don’t feel like talking about making love to my girlfriend in front of the homeless dude here,” he says, motioning to the man sleeping in the doorway of the shop we happened to stop in front of. I nod in embarrassed agreement as Tyler leans in to kiss the side of my head. “Hey, you have nothing to be embarrassed about.”