The Life We Wanted
"You have too many rules.""And you don't have enough." Sebastian Moore thought he had it all.A drumming gig with one of the world’s biggest up-and-coming stars. The looks and charm to get him any woman he laid his eyes on. All the friends he could ever ask for.But something was always missing.That is, until he receives a letter, telling him that he’s a father to a fifteen-year-old boy.Now, with the addition of his son, a love interest he never expected, and a whole new set of responsibilities, Sebastian finds himself happier than he’s ever been.But old habits die hard, and when life finally gives him everything he wanted, he’ll have to find a way to keep his past from ruining the present.

The Life We Wanted Details

TitleThe Life We Wanted
Author
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2019
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance

The Life We Wanted Review

  • Reading Addict
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Just wow! The Life We Wanted was everything I hope for a book to be. Unique characters, real emotions, lighthearted moments, heartfelt connections. This is the kind of book that I wish I always read but it's like a rare gem, few and far between. This is not a rock band story however a rock drummer is a big part of this book! Sebastian Moore has it all from the outside looking in, fame, fortune, fans and yet as you get to know him as a reader, you will see that buried deep there are things t Wow! Just wow! The Life We Wanted was everything I hope for a book to be. Unique characters, real emotions, lighthearted moments, heartfelt connections. This is the kind of book that I wish I always read but it's like a rare gem, few and far between. This is not a rock band story however a rock drummer is a big part of this book! Sebastian Moore has it all from the outside looking in, fame, fortune, fans and yet as you get to know him as a reader, you will see that buried deep there are things that he wants but sweeps aside. Enter into his life a surprise child who is now 15. Greyson lives with his aunt Tabitha Clarke, a tightly wound realtor, after the death of his mother. Neither ever knew who Greyson's father was until Tabby came across some old letters. Her nephew is angry and sad and Tabby hopes that connecting with his father might be what he needs to help him come around. Tabby has been living a very structured life for years. Her sister was the fun one and Tabby felt it necessary that she be the responsible one. Tabby and Sebastian may seem like polar opposites but when the sparks start to fly and they both start showing their true colors, the flames will ignite! I will not give anything away other than to tell you that once you pick up The Life We Wanted you aren't going to be able to put it down! You will be so emotionally invested in these characters that if you haven't read Kelsey Kingsley's other books, you're going to want to! Sebastian was a minor character in Daises and Devin which is excellent as well but it not necessary to read prior to this though I highly recommend it. The Life We Wanted is told from dual POV so you are going to really connect with these two. Enjoy!
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  • Jewel Ann
    January 1, 1970
    A captivating story filled with raw and very real emotions. A unique and truely beautiful journey that left a huge smile on my face.
  • Love2ReadRomance
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness!!! Totally in love with Sebastian! He is so patient and persistent with Tabby, and that’s exactly what she needed him to be. Best book yet by Kelsey Kingsley! I can’t wait to read more!
  • L.J. Evans
    January 1, 1970
    I read an advanced copy of this given to me by the author, but all opinions are my own.This is Kelsey Kingsley's best book yet. I don't say this lightly as I am a fan of all of Kelsey's words. She's moved me over and over again with her stories, but this story left me breathless. This story left me with a book hangover the size of which I haven't had in a long time.Sebastian is just the right mix of arrogance, confidence, and sensitivity. He finds himself in a position of I read an advanced copy of this given to me by the author, but all opinions are my own.This is Kelsey Kingsley's best book yet. I don't say this lightly as I am a fan of all of Kelsey's words. She's moved me over and over again with her stories, but this story left me breathless. This story left me with a book hangover the size of which I haven't had in a long time.Sebastian is just the right mix of arrogance, confidence, and sensitivity. He finds himself in a position of caring for someone in a way that he secretly longed for but publicly denied ever wanting. He's a one-night kind of guy, after all.Tabitha is recovering from so much loss that it's hard to see her way out and when Sebastian comes to help like she asked for, she's unprepared for just exactly how much he can make her world right. For the way he belongs to her in a way that she didn't want.I don't want to give spoilers away because this book has my heart. But be prepared to have your heart handed to you by this book in a way that will make you smile and ache for more.
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  • Anne OK
    January 1, 1970
    I love when the bad boy rock star takes a plummet into love -- and has to work for a happy ever after. Tabby definitely made him work for it. At times, I didn't really like her -- but then I would stop and think of what she had been through and what she had done for her sister. For a rock star romance, this one places in the upper realm. I loved the characters and Mrs. Worthington and her husband and yes, the chinchilla! Lots of fun and laughter among the angst. Only one picky complaint: Use of I love when the bad boy rock star takes a plummet into love -- and has to work for a happy ever after. Tabby definitely made him work for it. At times, I didn't really like her -- but then I would stop and think of what she had been through and what she had done for her sister. For a rock star romance, this one places in the upper realm. I loved the characters and Mrs. Worthington and her husband and yes, the chinchilla! Lots of fun and laughter among the angst. Only one picky complaint: Use of "blonde" for males is just wrong! And it was in usage a ton of times, so it wasn't just a slip. Sebastian and Greyson had BLOND hair! Sebastian had his share of women with BLONDE hair!From Merriam-Webster:1 : of a flaxen, golden, light auburn, or pale yellowish-brown color blond hair also : having blond hair a blond man —spelled blond when used of a boy or man and often blonde when used of a girl or woman.I know - I know -- picky, picky but it is what it is. And it bugged me a lot.
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  • Autumn Grey
    January 1, 1970
    The Life We Wanted was simply amazing. Kelsey’s writing is equally incredible, bringing the characters to life with witty banter, unforgettable emotional, vivid scenes. I loved that the characters were flawed, which made them so very relatable! There are so many scenes I loved. Like TRULY loved and I found myself laughing so hard and at one point tearing up; from father-son bonding times to chinchilla moments (GOSH, these were so cute) to Sebastian and Tabby moments. Simply wonderful story!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    An incredible story of love, loss, and life never turning out the way you thought it would, The Life We Wanted by Kelsey Kingsley blew me away.You think you have it all figured out—your career, your future, your life. Yes, it may not be what you’d hoped for, but you’re content. For Tabitha Clarke, her world is turned upside down after a horrific tragedy. She’s left to care for her 15-year-old nephew Greyson, who she loves with all her heart, but she’s lost when it comes to raising hi An incredible story of love, loss, and life never turning out the way you thought it would, The Life We Wanted by Kelsey Kingsley blew me away.You think you have it all figured out—your career, your future, your life. Yes, it may not be what you’d hoped for, but you’re content. For Tabitha Clarke, her world is turned upside down after a horrific tragedy. She’s left to care for her 15-year-old nephew Greyson, who she loves with all her heart, but she’s lost when it comes to raising him. She was always the responsible sibling, the complete opposite of her sister who lived life on the wild side. Everything is conservative and thought out—safe. But she’s restless.“Have you ever looked at your life and felt like you don’t know who you are anymore? Like, you look around at everything and you wonder how exactly you got there?”Sebastian Moore is a rock god and a famous drummer (just gonna add here that I LOVE drummers, so HOT 🔥😍). He has money, fame and, to the outsider looking in, you’d think he’s on top of the world. But everything isn’t always as it seems and he’s lonely.After Sebastian receives the news that he has a son, he’s blown away.What follows is a story of learning to live a new normal, finding out who you really are, and appreciating what’s important. I didn’t want this story to end! Ms. Kingsley’s writing is pure magic and once you start, you’ll be glued to your kindle.There’s romance, a bit of push and pull, and many laugh out loud moments. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that I have a new #BookBoyfriend because ohmygod, Sebastian is perfection!!This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Kingsley, and I can’t wait to dig into her other books. I adored the side characters as well and how music was the backdrop of their lives. Phenomenal!!!“Sometimes bad things happen, and good things come along to balance them out. Not to like, erase the bad things, or to make you less sad that they happened or anything, but just to, you know, make them easier to deal with.”
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  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my, oh my!!!! I am the lucky winner of an ARC of this fabulous book. Kelsey Kingsley is a new author to me and I already love her words. I got a copy of this story and the first thing I did was to put it away because I needed to read Daisies & Devin first ( You don't have to, but you should!!!). I already loved this story so much and was extremely excited to read The Life We Wanted. And what can I say: I'm not disappointed! Tabitha and Sebastian are amazing. I love their banter, it's so m Oh my, oh my!!!! I am the lucky winner of an ARC of this fabulous book. Kelsey Kingsley is a new author to me and I already love her words. I got a copy of this story and the first thing I did was to put it away because I needed to read Daisies & Devin first ( You don't have to, but you should!!!). I already loved this story so much and was extremely excited to read The Life We Wanted. And what can I say: I'm not disappointed! Tabitha and Sebastian are amazing. I love their banter, it's so much fun and made me laugh really hard sometimes. Tabitha's past was not easy but she made a decision and she's a strong woman. I love her. Sebastian is this "what you see, is what you get" type and I really appreciate that. I love that he can't shut his mouth, it's hilarious 😂. And he's a good guy, the best. For Tabitha and for Greyson. Man, they made me cry, hard! This story is perfect, there's everything I need in a book: an adequate hint of fun and sarcasm, a huge portion of emotions, the right amount of sexy scenes and loveable characters (all of them, I love Sebastian's family 😍, they are one of a kind). Absolutely perfect!
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    I had the honor of BETA reading TLWW....and now having read the final version, I remember why I loved reading Sebastian and Tabby’s story. I want to start with this: when first discovering an author, you realize you are taking a chance, well, I will say I am so happy I took a chance on Ms. Kingsley last year because DAMN! This woman can write characters so complex and with so much depth that you can feel as if you are living the life of the characters. In TLWW, we are taken on a journey of life, I had the honor of BETA reading TLWW....and now having read the final version, I remember why I loved reading Sebastian and Tabby’s story. I want to start with this: when first discovering an author, you realize you are taking a chance, well, I will say I am so happy I took a chance on Ms. Kingsley last year because DAMN! This woman can write characters so complex and with so much depth that you can feel as if you are living the life of the characters. In TLWW, we are taken on a journey of life, love, self discovery and family. This story had all the above mentioned and so much more! I felt so connected to Tabby just from Ms. Kingsley’s words; through in Sebastian and his quirks and determination and you are in for the ride of your life!The Life We Wanted is another fantastic story and a great addition to Ms. Kingsley’s repertoire.
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  • BookAddict
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a bit of a risk for me because I went into it completely blind – new author to me, no synopsis, and no clue as to what genre it might be. This is one of those times that it paid off in a huge way, and I’m so glad I found this author! The beautiful, poetic prose of the story had me highlighting passages left and right, and it's so full of emotion and feeling my heart was swept away on its tide.Tabitha is a very controlled, professional real estate agent who becomes a sin This book was a bit of a risk for me because I went into it completely blind – new author to me, no synopsis, and no clue as to what genre it might be. This is one of those times that it paid off in a huge way, and I’m so glad I found this author! The beautiful, poetic prose of the story had me highlighting passages left and right, and it's so full of emotion and feeling my heart was swept away on its tide.Tabitha is a very controlled, professional real estate agent who becomes a single mother to her fifteen-year-old nephew, Greyson, after her sister dies suddenly. She stumbles across some letters in her sister’s things that reveal the identity of Greyson's father and mails a letter to Sebastian Morrison, who turns out to be Sebastian Moore, drummer for one of the most promising rock bands around. Between a buttoned-up, always in control gal whose life has clearly gone off the rails, and a long-haired, tattooed rocker, adding in a grieving teenager with an attitude and chip on his shoulder to match makes for quite eventful reading. But beneath and between the discord and uncertainty is a thread of vulnerability and hope that makes this read deep, evocative and compelling. The rules have changed for all of these characters, and they’re each doing their best to find their footing, yet somehow managing to find themselves in the process. One of the things I love about this book is the way it highlights the impact of music on our lives. The way a special memory can be tied to a specific song, or the way the lyrics can speak to us and their story play out in our lives. Instead of song lyrics, the author gives us lyrical prose that hit straight to the heart, like “I wondered where they lived, what their house looked like, and what it must be like to have someone to come home to,” and “I couldn’t remember the last time I told my dad that I loved him, but I would always remember the first time I whispered ‘I love you, too’ to my son.” I won’t spoil the book by sharing the most amazing quote, but it hits the hardest as these characters close a chapter in their lives and look forward to the future they've created together.If you’re not a fan of the rock star romance genre, have no fear. I'm always apprehensive I might get too much of the sex and drugs stereotype, and that absolutely is not the case here. Instead this a heartfelt, poignant story that depicts the journey through grief, the challenges of facing the unknown, the beauty of self-discovery, and the rewards of taking a chance. I fell hard for all of these characters, but especially for the long-haired, tattooed, arrogant but charming rocker lacking a verbal filter who has a huge heart but is a little lost. I adore Tabby and cheered for her as the man she thought was absolutely wrong for her plays a part in her figuring out how to break free from her self-imposed cage and find her authentic self. Amidst the loneliness, grief, loss and uncertainty, Sebastian, Tabby and Grayson manage to find the good in things and build the life they want out of the devastating circumstances handed them. Their story is heartbreaking but humorous and sensuous but sweet, and one of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever read. Take a chance and fall in love with these amazing characters. Their journey will easily enchant your mind, own your heart, imprint your soul and leave you breathless, and their story is one you'll want to return to again and again.*I reviewed an advance copy of this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.
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  • Lisa Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I start? This story has my heart. It made me laugh, it made me cry (oh boy, did it ever!), it made me swoon and it made me fall in love with Sebastian and Tabitha.The thread that weaves it’s way through this story is the song Everlong by the Foo Fighters. I’ve never read a book that makes such clever use of a songs lyrics, it’s meaning and the emotion it evokes. It’s a song that I love so it made the book even more special, but if you don’t know it, listen to it and read the Where do I start? This story has my heart. It made me laugh, it made me cry (oh boy, did it ever!), it made me swoon and it made me fall in love with Sebastian and Tabitha.The thread that weaves it’s way through this story is the song Everlong by the Foo Fighters. I’ve never read a book that makes such clever use of a songs lyrics, it’s meaning and the emotion it evokes. It’s a song that I love so it made the book even more special, but if you don’t know it, listen to it and read the lyrics. It will add an extra dimension to the book and the characters.The premise of the story is Sebastian discovering that he has a 15 year old son, after the boy’s mother dies. Greyson’s aunt, Tabitha, reaches out to Sebastian in the hope that he will be a positive influence in his life.Tabitha has been a stable influence in Greyson’s life, when his own mother couldn’t be. Living contrary to her own desires, she’s helped bring the boy up for 15 years and feels like she’s reached her limit.Bringing Sebastian into their lives shows all three of them that the lives they want lie within their reach. Greyson finally gets a father figure in his life; Sebastian gets the child he always thought his mother had aborted and more importantly, he gets Tabitha, a woman who makes him feel more than any other has. Tabitha gets the person who can accept her for who she wants to be, not who she has to be.The way Kelsey Kingsley writes makes me feel as though I’m coming home. It’s comforting, somewhere I want to spend time getting to know the characters, their lives and their stories. I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s everything.
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  • Paulette
    January 1, 1970
    Let me just say, I love Thor. Now that I have that out of my system let me try to move on to what I hope will be a good review that makes sense and makes you want to read this book. There are so many moments in this book that I wanted to remember I started highlighting and taking notes at which parts that tugged at my heart almost as soon as I opened this book. The little details in this story will have you crying, sighing and trying to remember them all. No I am not Dr Seuss but this is a book Let me just say, I love Thor. Now that I have that out of my system let me try to move on to what I hope will be a good review that makes sense and makes you want to read this book. There are so many moments in this book that I wanted to remember I started highlighting and taking notes at which parts that tugged at my heart almost as soon as I opened this book. The little details in this story will have you crying, sighing and trying to remember them all. No I am not Dr Seuss but this is a book you will want to pick up again and again. You will laugh, smile, cry, swoon and tense up. Your heart will constrict then expand. I usually take a day or two to absorb what I read but I didn’t want to lose my momentum and my immediate reaction or those thoughts that were rambling around in my head but more important in my heart. It was that important for me to get this out. One of the best aspects of this book besides hope is understanding. By that I mean you will understand each person in this book and that is not something I think we get out of every story when we read. Usually, I become frustrated with someone for being dense, wonderingly why they act the way they do,(even though I know that’s how true life can be). However, in this story, I got each person. You could get into their soul. The author left no detail unturned. She thought of things that made me stop and think,”Wow, how did she think of that”? As they say the truth is in the details, even the little ones. There is so much I want to say but I don’t do spoilers. It’s not fair to the author. You can read the blurb and just enjoy the story. What I will say is even the language was on point (so real) and she included all different types of characters, even a quirky older person (we all have someone in our lives who’s interesting, who we know and love). This author writes from the heart. Her stories aren’t outlandish. They always make you think. These are people you know. Like I said no spoilers but there are three details that really got to me. I’m not going to go in-depth I’m just going to mention some parts I highlighted; Tabitha washing her hair thinking, Sebastian talking about his rules (made me smile in the telling) and Greyson talking to his dad. I know that’s not much but believe me again, it’s all in the details.Don’t worry you get every feel imaginable, including the heat, really good heat. That’s only part of what makes this so good. It will bring questions to your mind about yourself. Questions like, are you living your best life and do you know what your best life is? Are you living your life for you? Do I make judgments about others without thinking it through? Do I let my preconceived ideas guide me? In addition you get the great rock and roll aspect. The musical references are phenomenal. I could keep going on and on but I would just be redundant without saying much else because you need to read this book yourself. What I will say is that even though I’m not Dr Seuss your heart will definitely grow just by reading this book. Yes, you may think this review may be a little corny or over the top but it is the truth. By the way the cover is original and awesome!
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  • Zilpha Owens
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Thumbelina StarsAn adjustment no child or sister should have to make. The dynamic of a relationship changing because of circumstances beyond your control. Letters that broke my heart. All this from just the first few pages of The Life We Wanted.Tabitha Clarke comes across is a little standoff-ish and uptight. But you can’t really blame her. She’s trying to cope the best way she knows how. I can’t help but feel sorry for her. She’s always had to be the “adult.” Her lau 4.5 Thumbelina StarsAn adjustment no child or sister should have to make. The dynamic of a relationship changing because of circumstances beyond your control. Letters that broke my heart. All this from just the first few pages of The Life We Wanted.Tabitha Clarke comes across is a little standoff-ish and uptight. But you can’t really blame her. She’s trying to cope the best way she knows how. I can’t help but feel sorry for her. She’s always had to be the “adult.” Her laughter and carefree ways shoved into a box. Some of her decisions I didn’t really like. Watching her change and relax was refreshing. Sebastian Moore is every bit the dreamy drummer. He may have had the typical bad boy persona, but he was more than that. He immediately made my heart race. His laid back attitude and carefree soul was everything. The struggle between the two and as individuals, the chemistry, the push and pull was evident. Getting over those first impressions and digging through those layers, discovering their commonalities and admitting to what was more than just attraction only made their story that much more magical. But this isn’t just about a romance. What I found just as important was the development of the relationship between Sebastian and Greyson. Finding out you’re a father or discovering you have a dad is not easily navigated but witnessing the connection and deepening respect and love for one another is incredible. The Life We Wanted is a beautiful look at choices, mistakes that really aren’t mistakes, love and finding family when you need it. It definitely evoked emotions and left me feeling warm and giddy - a fantastic place to be after reaching the final page.
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  • Chelé
    January 1, 1970
    This book has taken over my whole life and invaded every one of my thoughts.✔Brilliant writing ✔Unforgettable Characters ✔Heart stopping and breath taking. A Real Romance. “God, Tabby, what the fuck are you doing to me?”“What do you mean?”"You really are a witch.”She giggled, “You keep saying that.”“It’s better than the truth"“And what’s the truth?”“That you’re going to be the end of me.”I'm just in awe. Kelsey knows just the right way to cra This book has taken over my whole life and invaded every one of my thoughts.✔Brilliant writing ✔Unforgettable Characters ✔Heart stopping and breath taking. A Real Romance. “God, Tabby, what the fuck are you doing to me?”“What do you mean?”"You really are a witch.”She giggled, “You keep saying that.”“It’s better than the truth"“And what’s the truth?”“That you’re going to be the end of me.”I'm just in awe. Kelsey knows just the right way to crack your heart so it splinters.....but man the way she puts it back together makes you never want to stop reading her words. It's a heartbreaking, emotional story about family, trust, strength, love, acceptance and change. I love it so much! I knew I loved Sebastian from the first time I met him in Daisies & Devin. His no filter, blunt and honest personality is so sexy. He is hilarious, compassionate, talented and kind. Tabby and her nephew Greyson are having a horrible, terrible, tragic year. Things are bleak. But when Tabby finds an old letter from Sebastian to her sister, things get......interesting. The intricacy of this story, the layers, the evolution of the characters all speak to the talent that Kelsey possess. She is earning a top spot on my favorite list of authors and in my heart. I love the depth of her stories and the perfect way she weaves her words. "I couldn’t sleep without imagining her in my bed, or shower without imagining her long, red hair between my fingers. I felt obsessed and fucked up. Why the hell is this feeling coveted? I didn’t feel complete, or good; I felt ruined."
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  • Leanne
    January 1, 1970
    This book... It's happy, sad, angry, lonely, sexy, smart, and freeing! Sebastian is a rock drummer who is completely unapologetically himself. Tabitha is a buttoned up, straight laced professional who really isn't. Greyson is a teenage boy trying to navigate through the death of his mother. Together, they are a family. The just are. The playlist for this book could almost be a character of it's own. I have never read a book that uses music so perfectly to make you a part of the story. I fell lik This book... It's happy, sad, angry, lonely, sexy, smart, and freeing! Sebastian is a rock drummer who is completely unapologetically himself. Tabitha is a buttoned up, straight laced professional who really isn't. Greyson is a teenage boy trying to navigate through the death of his mother. Together, they are a family. The just are. The playlist for this book could almost be a character of it's own. I have never read a book that uses music so perfectly to make you a part of the story. I fell like I KNOW these people. I feel like I am these people.Kelsey Kingsley has once again made me feel all the feels and this time, she really made me think. About my life... am I living the life I wanted?
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  • G (heartbooked)
    January 1, 1970
    Sebastian Moore, you are one swoon worthy daddy rockstar drummer in the world!!If you are keen for your next rockstar hero, Sebastian is your man. I know this was a romance novel but every scene of this hero and his son is so beautiful and honest and pure amazing. Absolutely loved the hero’s character. I was a little reserved when it came to Tabby. Don’t come at me for this because I get it. She had so much happening in her life that she felt like everything was uprooted and she had Sebastian Moore, you are one swoon worthy daddy rockstar drummer in the world!!If you are keen for your next rockstar hero, Sebastian is your man. I know this was a romance novel but every scene of this hero and his son is so beautiful and honest and pure amazing. Absolutely loved the hero’s character. I was a little reserved when it came to Tabby. Don’t come at me for this because I get it. She had so much happening in her life that she felt like everything was uprooted and she had to re-learn how to be steady on her two feet again. She did a lot of good. But she also frustrated me to hell and back. It was her perception of the hero in the early days up til 70% ish of the book put me off. But when you have a guy like Sebastian Moore as the hero, everything will fall into place.I enjoyed this because of how this story was told and Kelsey wrote this amazingly.Problems, passing judgement, struggles, relationships and so many other things were explored in this novel. But you’ll want to read because of Sebastian Moore. Because of how he helped Tabby see the good in the bad. Because of Grey. Because this was a good book relaying the struggles we face and how it changes our perspective. It was Sebastian and his son that did it for me!!! Well done KK. This was a beautiful piece of the author’s heart.heartbooked on instagram xX
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  • Jessica Holbrook
    January 1, 1970
    I am all about rockstars in books. They are one of my favorite to read about. This book took me over. I could not put it down. It is witty and emotional. It's funny and sad. I was addicted from page one. I had so many feeling with these characters. I felt their pain and happiness. I laughed with them and got nervous with them. I wanted to skip pages just so I knew what happened bc I was in those pages with them. I know how 2 favorite rockstars. Kellan Kyle and Sebastian Moore.
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  • Jaime Reynolds
    January 1, 1970
    Holy hotness was this story fantastic. I love Kelsey’s writing and this book did not disappoint. The storyline and charismatic characters had me turning the pages, never wanting the story to end. I love music and the way she incorporates song lyrics into her characters lives is brilliant and flawless. If you love music, romance and hot rockers then this book is must read.
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  • Julia Kent
    January 1, 1970
    Kelsey Kingsley’s The Life We Wanted was an impulse read for me, the kind you delight in discovering with a “why not?” click and find yourself unable to stop until the last page. Crisp writing with characters that etch themselves in your mind’s eye and your heart, the book captivates, leaving Sebastian, Tabitha and Greyson lingering with you long after the final sentence.
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  • Bree Shearer
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved Sebastian and Tabitha. Well, and of course Greyson. The entire book combines all of my favorite tropes:-Rockstar romance-Small-town romance-Enemies-to-lovers-Single dadSebastian is everything you didn’t know you wanted but everything you need. All the muscly goodness of Thor, all the best stereotypes of a rockstar drummer, all of the arrogance and confidence, and of course the giant teddy bear with the giant heart buried beneath it all I absolutely loved Sebastian and Tabitha. Well, and of course Greyson. The entire book combines all of my favorite tropes:-Rockstar romance-Small-town romance-Enemies-to-lovers-Single dadSebastian is everything you didn’t know you wanted but everything you need. All the muscly goodness of Thor, all the best stereotypes of a rockstar drummer, all of the arrogance and confidence, and of course the giant teddy bear with the giant heart buried beneath it all. Seriously, drummers are my favorite, the best role in a band. He was everything to me.Tabitha is a woman after my own heart. She is the rocker-goddess-lyric-groupie hidden under layers and layers of forced professionalism, adult clothing and heels. Her Chuck collection rivals my own. Her heartbreak is devastating and her ability to force her way into surviving and adulting for her nephew showcases the strength she has within her. Although Tabitha made me angry at times, I was so excited to see her embrace herself and lose her walls to express the real her.This book is intertwined and based on the song “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters. Arguably the greatest love song ever written (an argument for another day). Kelsey managed to capture the importance of music and the impact it makes on so many lives through emotional relation. I truly enjoyed being able to follow along with the music this time, as it covers some of my favorite songs and bands. The story brought out every single emotion and then some. I laughed, I cried, my heart was shattered, I yelled at the stupidity of Tabitha and praised the persistence of Sebastian. I also love that Kelsey makes her supporting characters relevant and just as developed as the main characters. I loved the banter with the band and *hope* to see a storyline from Chad(wick) soon!The relationship development between Sebastian and Greyson was absolutely heart-wrenching: my heart ached for their lost time, cheered for their bond, and cried joyously when the word “Dad” was uttered. For Sebastian and Tabitha, I enjoyed following them through their battle of sarcastic wit, angry flirting, the eventual HEA I was rooting for. Although it was achingly frustrating at times, the story was sweet and beautiful – it could have had a little more heat but did well without it. I would highly recommend a one-click on this one from Kelsey. 4.5 stars for the heat element.And now my top three quotes from this book:“I have no problem imagining you knocking someone up, but the idea of you as a parent is just … really f***ing with me right now.”“choosing felt like choosing a favorite pair of Chucks. They were all comfortable, and they all felt good. Not for any particular reason, other than they just were.”“The freedom to give her the life we all, not just wanted, but deserved to have.”I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book by the author, however, all opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    As a member of Team Dearie: Kelsey Kingley's ARC Team on Facebook, I was blessed with an advance reader copy of The Life We Wanted (expected to be released February 2019).  To say I was nervous was an understatement.  I am in a group of close quarters with the author, what if I hate this book?  How would I be able to write an honest review?  The day arrived and in my inbox was this book.  That day was only yesterday...I finished this book in one day (honestly, around 4 hours of my da As a member of Team Dearie: Kelsey Kingley's ARC Team on Facebook, I was blessed with an advance reader copy of The Life We Wanted (expected to be released February 2019).  To say I was nervous was an understatement.  I am in a group of close quarters with the author, what if I hate this book?  How would I be able to write an honest review?  The day arrived and in my inbox was this book.  That day was only yesterday...I finished this book in one day (honestly, around 4 hours of my day total).  I could not get enough.  This book was inspired by the song "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters and you will see how that intertwines throughout this story.  Music is amazing and this tale uses music as a muse for the story so well.The story is about Tabitha Clarke and Sebastian Moore.  Tabitha is a successful real estate agent who just lost her parents and sister over the course of a year and gained custody of her 15 year old nephew.  Sebastian Moore is a successful drummer in a band and tours around the world and has a life of one night stands.  When Tabitha goes through her sister's belongings after another fight with her nephew she discovers letters written by Sebastian and discovers he is her nephew's father.  At her wit's end she writes to him in hopes he can help her out and get through to her nephew, Greyson.This story is told through alternating points of view between Tabitha and Sebastian.  I really liked how the story flowed this way.  We were not left with any unnecessary narratives and I really appreciated that.  I also appreciated the details that went in to describing each character (and I may or may not have a HUGE crush on Sebastian myself).I would best describe this story as an edgy Hallmark tale (and in case you did not know, I LOVE Hallmark movies).  There is cursing throughout this book so if that is not up your alley, don't pick up this book.  Is this book predictable?  Yes.  But, did it make me tear up?  Did it make me yell at the characters?  Yes and yes.  I became attached to Tabitha and Sebastian grew on me.  It truly is a wonderful romance tale that has left me wanting more.I am in a total book hangover.  I am left day dreaming about Tabitha and Sebastian (and hope that one day we will get a sequel).  I know that this book is not for everyone so I won't sugarcoat that.  If you love Hallmarky things that have an edge to them, THIS IS FOR YOU.  Stop what you are doing and run out to get this book.  It will leave your heart full and your face smiling.  So, despite the fact that I know this book isn't for everyone, I am still giving it 5 stars.  Why?  Because *I* freakin' loved it and that's good enough for me!  If you are into this genre you will understand why I gave it 5 stars after you read it (and then come back and let's talk all about it).
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    So this is a very well written story! "" Your everything I shouldn't want""And yet, here you are," he whispered in a horase voice."Let me just say I thought the two main characters getting involved was a little taboo for me. I understand it's my opinion, and I get that. BUT I'd also like to point out that how the story developed and the passion behind the words just shows to me how Kelsey can take something and make it so much more! This isn't just about him and her but the who So this is a very well written story! "" Your everything I shouldn't want""And yet, here you are," he whispered in a horase voice."Let me just say I thought the two main characters getting involved was a little taboo for me. I understand it's my opinion, and I get that. BUT I'd also like to point out that how the story developed and the passion behind the words just shows to me how Kelsey can take something and make it so much more! This isn't just about him and her but the whole family. How relationship that aren't romantic are still filled with love."" I never knew Parenthood could be so uplifting and yet so soul-crushing, all at the same time""I absolutely loved Sebastian! He has a heart of gold. I liked Tabitha a little less. She had me shaking my head a few times. But holding everything in will do that to a person. So I understand but she just had me yelling at my Kindle. Like "No, woman!"Definitely pick this up if you love Kelsey's writing, this one won't disappoint!
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  • Nicole Chu
    January 1, 1970
    Did you ever pick up a book and knew instantly that you were done with your day? The reason being you could not stop reading it? Be prepared because this is the book. Put on some comfy clothes and make sure to water your plants because once you start you are not going to be able to stop!!!This book wrecked me then built me up again. I laugh, then cried, then got angry and then cried. So many emotions and it was amazing!!!!Lets not ever get into Tabby, Seb and Greyson!The ties t Did you ever pick up a book and knew instantly that you were done with your day? The reason being you could not stop reading it? Be prepared because this is the book. Put on some comfy clothes and make sure to water your plants because once you start you are not going to be able to stop!!!This book wrecked me then built me up again. I laugh, then cried, then got angry and then cried. So many emotions and it was amazing!!!!Lets not ever get into Tabby, Seb and Greyson!The ties that bind these three just blew me away.Books are always part of your heart but this book is a piece of my soul.Time to re read because work is done and I need to fall in love again!
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  • A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
    January 1, 1970
    My first book by Kelsey Kingsley and it was pretty much love from the beginning. The characters are layered so that you really feel like you are getting to know real people. There is tons of wit, sarcasm and emotion, but what it boils down to is: two people trying to do the right thing for a person that they love, even if it means making sacrifices or finding yourself in the process. I’m a big fan of rock music and there were tons of references to music that I love, so that was just an added bon My first book by Kelsey Kingsley and it was pretty much love from the beginning. The characters are layered so that you really feel like you are getting to know real people. There is tons of wit, sarcasm and emotion, but what it boils down to is: two people trying to do the right thing for a person that they love, even if it means making sacrifices or finding yourself in the process. I’m a big fan of rock music and there were tons of references to music that I love, so that was just an added bonus. Reviewed by: Lauren L.
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  • Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
    January 1, 1970
    Think you know this storyline? *shakes head* Think again, my friend!*gulps**clears throat**sniffs**wipes eyes*Sheesh! You’ll need to give me a minute. My emotions are all over the place. I should know better by now - this author does it to me EVERY time. What do I mean? Well, *taps chin*, how best to describe my reading experience? It feels as if my heart has been put through a blender then miraculously glued back together and re-inflat Think you know this storyline? *shakes head* Think again, my friend!*gulps**clears throat**sniffs**wipes eyes*Sheesh! You’ll need to give me a minute. My emotions are all over the place. I should know better by now - this author does it to me EVERY time. What do I mean? Well, *taps chin*, how best to describe my reading experience? It feels as if my heart has been put through a blender then miraculously glued back together and re-inflated by the end. In other words, I’m in need of a very stiff drink *snorts* Plus, I might need an intervention to quit playing Everlong on repeat *sings* It’s not helping...To all the world, Sebastian Moore has it all: money, fame and all the women he could ever want. It’s a lucky person who can have a career from their passion. Drumming embodies that for Sebastian. The music literally runs through his veins. It’s speaks to his soul. Yet something is missing. Someone to come home to...A letter out of the blue changes everything (*whispers* in more ways than one) - a son he never knew he had. It’s funny isn’t it? The realisation of how much you didn’t know you wanted something till you finally have it. Loving his son and forging a relationship opens his heart to the chance of loving someone else too, if only she’ll give him a chance. We are more than the sum of our past. “You’re everything I shouldn’t want.” Now I have to admit I nearly got done for GBH to my kindle after that comment by Tabitha, but that’s one of the things I loved most about this story. The role reversal. Sebastian’s knows what he wants: he just has to convince Tabby that his heart is true. In order for Tabitha to have the future she wants, she first has to be true to herself. She doesn’t have to be Ms Goody-Two-Shoes for anyone - where’s the fun in that? I personally think she is super awesome as she is. All she has done and strives to do speaks volumes. We all deserve to be loved for who we truly are, and Sebastian sees the real Tabby. I laughed - I cried (oh, how I cried!) - I swooned my little heart out reading this book. Quite simply, I will love this story Everlong.
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  • Jodie Catan
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I love Kelsey Kingsley's books. She writes flawed and beautiful characters who come to life on the page. The dynamics between the various people in the story are real and the situations they find themselves in are believable. In The Life We Wanted we meet Tabitha, Greyson and Sebastian. Three hurting, lonely people who don't know how to live the life they wanted. Tabitha is struggling to raise her teenaged nephew after her sister dies unexpectedly. Greyson is learning to live with First of all, I love Kelsey Kingsley's books. She writes flawed and beautiful characters who come to life on the page. The dynamics between the various people in the story are real and the situations they find themselves in are believable. In The Life We Wanted we meet Tabitha, Greyson and Sebastian. Three hurting, lonely people who don't know how to live the life they wanted. Tabitha is struggling to raise her teenaged nephew after her sister dies unexpectedly. Greyson is learning to live with his aunt after his mother dies in an accident. Finally, there is Sebastian who has been living the rocker life as a drummer with a band he has been with for years, one that is growing in popularity. Sebastian, you see, is Greyson's dad but didn't know that Greyson had ever been born. He thought that Tabitha's sister Sam had terminated her pregnancy, so to find out 15 years later he's a dad changes his entire life and his priorities.Tabitha has spent her entire adult life being the grown up, ever since her sister got pregnant after hooking up with a guy at a concert. Her sister wasn't going to grow up, so Tabitha took it upon herself at 16 to leave behind her rebellious ways to provide some stability for her nephew and sister. She graduated college and became a successful realtor.Tabitha struggles to live the life she wanted, and to see if what she thought she wanted is still what she wants now. Greyson is learning his new normal, a dad he didn't know he had and a mom he misses, he struggles with feeling guilty about being happy. Sebastian is learning how to be a dad, learning how to live a new life that involves a family he never thought he'd have. Kelsey Kingsley delivered a wonderful story of family, of people who discovered that they could live the life they wanted, even when they thought it had slipped through their fingers.I will definitely re-read this story and I hope to visit these characters in some of Kelsey's upcoming stories.I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book in advance in order to leave a fair and honest review.
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  • SCBookAddict
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific story!!!I love Kelsey Kingsley's writing! One - She incorporates music into her stories and I LOVE music! Two - She has unique characters and they are all beautiful! From purple hair to pale skin covered with tattoos, she doesn't use standard characters. It's quite refreshing!This book will give you ALL the feels! It's funny at times and its also emotional at times. You feel what the characters feel.In The Life We Wanted, drummer Sebastian finds out he had a 15 year ol Terrific story!!!I love Kelsey Kingsley's writing! One - She incorporates music into her stories and I LOVE music! Two - She has unique characters and they are all beautiful! From purple hair to pale skin covered with tattoos, she doesn't use standard characters. It's quite refreshing!This book will give you ALL the feels! It's funny at times and its also emotional at times. You feel what the characters feel.In The Life We Wanted, drummer Sebastian finds out he had a 15 year old son, Greyson. Tabitha, Greyson's aunt, recently had her life turned upside down.Sebastian has no filter while Tabitha is the exact opposite and these two clash quite frequently - until they don't.😉Usually, when there is a child involved, they seem to disappear in the story. However, in The Life We Wanted, this didn't happen. Greyson's story stays strong throughout the book and was as important as Tabitha's and Sebastian's.I loved the banter between Sebastian and Tabitha. I also enjoyed the camaraderie between Sebastian and his band mates. My favorite quote was, "And you," he added, nodding affirmatively. "I've secretly wanted you for years. A little witch who could finally tame this beast." <> If there is anything I would take from this book and use, it's this, be unapologetically you. Living your life for others will only hurt you in the process.
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  • B.J. Bentley
    January 1, 1970
    I was up until 2am with this book. It's now nearly ten hours later, and I'm still trying to process my feelings. The Life We Wanted is a poignant look at how questionable decisions can lead to the greatest outcomes and how there really are no mistakes in life, just lessons and learning experiences. Tabby has spent her entire adulthood muted. She covered up her vibrant rainbow personality with shades of beige in order to fit into what society deems a traditional and acceptable role- successful ca I was up until 2am with this book. It's now nearly ten hours later, and I'm still trying to process my feelings. The Life We Wanted is a poignant look at how questionable decisions can lead to the greatest outcomes and how there really are no mistakes in life, just lessons and learning experiences. Tabby has spent her entire adulthood muted. She covered up her vibrant rainbow personality with shades of beige in order to fit into what society deems a traditional and acceptable role- successful career woman and legal guardian to a grieving teenager. Unfortunately, by dimming her light, she set herself for failure. Sebastian has everything he thinks he wants until he realizes he doesn't. The exact opposite of everything Tabby pretends to be, Sebastian has zero filters and gives zero fucks. Until he finds out he has a son- a child he believed didn't exist.Tabitha and Sebastian come together in a clash of wills and personalities. It's sexual tension at its finest and proof that non-traditional families can be filled with as much love and sacrifice as any other. This story had me alternately laughing and crying. There's witty banter, angst, and steam to satisfy all your moods. Kingsley's storytelling is effortless, and each chapter flows naturally, expertly showcasing each emotion at every turn of events. On a personal note, this book got me in all the feels. Having lost my father unexpectedly at age 15, I related to Greyson in a way that I was not expecting when I started this book. His grief is palpable, his emotional struggle is raw. But witnessing the healing process is a beautiful thing. I loved everything about this story, and I'm so glad the author chose to share it with us.
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  • Nance
    January 1, 1970
    Hot damn! How could I ever chose? Devin or Sebastian? Two totally different guys, but friends nonetheless. Sebastian is a little rough around the edges. Gorgeous. And a drummer. And Tabitha? Strait-laced. Prim and proper. Her life was altered somewhat when her parents and sister died. But, Sam’s death comes with a little more baggage. She leaves behind a fifteen year old son, Greyson. Tabby is at her wits end because Greyson is grieving and being bullied. She stumbles upon some letters sent by S Hot damn! How could I ever chose? Devin or Sebastian? Two totally different guys, but friends nonetheless. Sebastian is a little rough around the edges. Gorgeous. And a drummer. And Tabitha? Strait-laced. Prim and proper. Her life was altered somewhat when her parents and sister died. But, Sam’s death comes with a little more baggage. She leaves behind a fifteen year old son, Greyson. Tabby is at her wits end because Greyson is grieving and being bullied. She stumbles upon some letters sent by Sebastian, and decides to ask for his help. What she meets is this larger than life rockstar. Long hair. No filter. And one amazingly alluring voice and a gorgeous body to boot. When they first meet, he’s infectious. Consuming. And, she’s hot and cold. Boring as all hell. But, there’s more to her then she’s willing to admit. I loved how Sebastian accepted his son. He was learning to be a dad, but he embraced it. And, the romance between the two was questionable. He was the man-child that she didn’t know if she could trust. So many wonderful things about this story. The Foo Fighters. Tabby’s real estate business. The father/son relationship. Tabby’s wild/freedom side. Sebastian’s amazing family. The hot romance between the couple. And, the presence of his band mates - Devin & Kylie, Ty and Chad. I hope they get their own books too. Just like in Devin & Kylie’s book, Ms. Kingsley writes with passion and soul. Loved, loved, loved this book!!!!
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