Source: Received an eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Nora Montgomery left home and heartbreak behind in South Carolina when she moved to New York City after her high school graduation. Now, four years later, she returns home and is forced to confront the past she left behind and the reckless boy who broke her heart. It’s not long before the pieces of her past begin to blur with the present and she realizes that the feelings she had for her first love never really went away. As old dreams resurface and new truths come to light, she begins to question the future she's always planned on.
Jake Harris has spent four years regretting the night he let her get away. When she finally reappears in his life, he is determined to win her back and prove how much he’s changed. She might never forgive him for that night, but if he tells her the truth about what really happened it will shatter the world she thought she knew. If he doesn’t, he might not get a second chance. He’s already lost her once and he won’t lose her again.
They come from two different worlds that are threatening to tear them apart…can they make it this time around?
3 stars - a sweet story of love found again that had never died
They met in high school and fell hard for each other. But something happened that had her leaving for college without talking to him. Now she's back, diploma in hand, for her best friends wedding. She's gonna just be friends or get him out of her system, but then she's headed back to New York for Law school. Too bad her heart didn't get the memo and he had never stopped loving her. This summer is gonna be fun.
Nora is strong and determined, all things I love about her. She struggles with decisions but she does grow a lot in the book. The law school thing is her fathers dream and it's so clear that music is hers but she gave that up when she left for college. It's hard to be strong and stand up for your dreams to your parents especially when you have good ones like Nora's. It's clear they have her best interest at heart but her father is too controlling and I will admit to wanting to give him a piece of my mind. By the end, though I loved him and Nora both.
Jake. I always loved Jake. He kinda screwed up right before Nora left for college but it so wasn't his fault. Totally loved the boy. He's passionate and caring. Even though I really couldn't stand Lindsay at all, I loved that he wasn't mean to her. Jake has been hurt, a lot. But he has picked himself up and gone to school. He worked construction and went to night classes, determined to make something of himself. I admired that so much in him. I love that he has a dog named Max. I love his relationship with his parents. I love that he gets moody when he's frustrated and upset. He needs some space. I love that he's willing to give space to others when they need it. I love that he stood up to someone (I can't tell you who) finally. I love his secretive dates that he plans so well. I love that he's patient with his loving. He's one sexy guy in the bedroom - or anywhere else for that matter. Just love Jake.
There were a few things that bugged me in this book. One was the cover. While I love the cover, it doesn't really go with the book. This story takes place in a southern, country town and that's as close as you get. This book is about lawyers and architects maybe some construction but no farming equipment. It is a sweet cover, though, and that part fits.
The authors writing style took a bit for me to get used to. There was a lot of summarizing mixed in between the more current scenes. While that style can be very effective, it's not something I'm used to. By the end, I was okay with it.
I did see things coming but it was a still a sweet, quick journey that had me satisfied.
This is a sweet New Adult with plenty of sexy to it. If that's what you enjoy, give this one a lookie.