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IT ALL STARTED WITH A LIMA BEAN (An Intertwined Hearts Novel) by KIMI FLORES

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SYNOPSIS

A past that haunts can be laid to rest through the act of forgiveness, even if the person you forgive is yourself. It must be gifted freely.

Abby Sullivan cherishes the life she is creating for herself in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California. She adores her best friend and supportive family. Her job as a kindergarten teacher offers her life hope and purpose. She is very talented at many things, especially hiding the pain of her past. That is until her world collides with Caleb Hunter’s, giving them both a lesson in forgiveness and love.

A life changing love is cruelly snatched by sickness and death. A person must be willing to give love, the greatest gift of all, to receive love.

A successful writer, Caleb is living life day-to-day. Giving refuge to his sad and lonely heart since his wife’s sudden death from cervical cancer, his primary focus becomes honoring her memory by rearing their five-year-old daughter, Madison. Yet, when Madison Hunter walks into Miss Abby’s kindergarten class, everything changes for all three of them.

With a little nudge from a loving mother-in-law who has everyone’s best interest at heart, anything is possible, especially when forgiveness and love gift even more blessings than ever imaginable.

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Reviewed by Jenny 

I was looking for a heart-warming and sweet romance read and It All Started With A Lima Bean sounded like the perfect book. The prologue was extremely moving, sad and beautiful and really drew me into the story of Caleb, Abby and of course beautiful little Madison.

As a reader, sometimes you just want to be swept away in the beauty of a story and the characters and this really was a sweet and delightful read.

As I said, the prologue really did set the scene for me. My heart went out to Caleb at this point and he certainly took a larger part of my heart when we witnessed his interactions with is enchanting daughter Madison. Oh sigh, I did adore these moments.

“He was so swoon worthy. Who wouldn’t love watching a gorgeous guy carry a child.”

Who indeed! Especially when that man is the divine, kind and wonderful widower and author,  Caleb.  Abby teaches at the local school which Maddison attends and is dealing with her own heartbreaking past.

There is an instant spark between Caleb and Abby. They both enjoy little flirtations here and there. but for both Abby and Caleb, moving on from painful pasts means trusting and opening their hearts. Taking that second chance at happiness.  For Caleb, the thought of moving on after the passing of his wife is something he has delayed. Instead, Caleb has lived every moment since his wife’s passing, putting everything he has to give into the well-being  and happiness of his daughter.

“You can’t have hope in the future if there is no peace in your past.”

This story was delivered with a sense of innocence. Both move into the relationship with trepidation yet know their hearts have been seared by the other.

This is a second chance love story dealing with loss, sadness, hope and lots and lots of love.  There is no steam in this book but I didn’t miss it because the story and characters held their own in this beautifully written story.

The only reason this one doesn’t rate higher with me is because although I did feel the love between Caleb and Abby, I didn’t experience that intensity of their feelings.  I found I wasn’t hanging on every page for dear life, waiting in anticipation for their relationship to develop. It was more a slow and expected build up for me.

“You have so much to offer and I would be the most blessed man to call you mine.”

Maddison completely stole my heart. The love and warmth felt on every page between Caleb and Maddison had me spellbound. It was truly was magical.

“When he watched his daughter do this she held his heart. When he witnessed this sexy woman do it, she had his soul.”

I thoroughly enjoyed It All Started With A Lima Bean. It was the perfect read at the perfect time. What this book lacks in steam it most definitely makes up for in heart.  For lovers of sweet contemporary romances with absolutely captivating characters, then this book is for you.

Jenny: 4 Stars

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THE PERPETUAL QUEST FOR THE PERFECT LIFE by MICHELLE PACE & TAMMY COONS

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SYNOPSIS
Tourists flock to Jefferson Point for the antique shops and riverboat tours. Everyone knows everyone and secrets are impossible to keep. Or so it seems…

Dr. Ryan Harper’s brutal slaying stuns the picturesque river town. High school football star, Prom King, and on his way to finishing his residency, Ryan was their golden child.

After a two-year struggle to care for their young son alone, his widow, Nicole, reluctantly returns to Jefferson Point. Her homecoming reopens old wounds, as Ryan’s family and friends struggle to adapt to life without his dynamic presence.

The last person Nicole expects to reconnect with is Aaron Foster, Ryan’s best man and reluctant keeper of his secrets.

With opinions circulating on Nicole’s post-Ryan existence, she must maneuver the rapids of past loves, new expectations, and haunting dreams of her fallen husband.

The Perpetual Quest for the Perfect Life is a frank story of questionable decisions, small town politics, and love after loss.

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Reviewed by Jenny

This was a beautifully told story about life, love, second chances set around a small town with a cast of supporting characters that I did enjoy.

I was swept up in the lives, loves and drama of the folks of Jefferson Point and especially loved the interwoven stories following the death of one of Jefferson Points favorite sons.

We meet Nicole as she is starting a new life with her young son Ike following the tragic death of her husband Ryan.  Nicole makes the decision to move back to her old town for the family support she needs and to start a new life in familiar surroundings, although she does so with a little trepidation.

It has been a couple of years since Ryan’s death and we get to see, via flashback the events that unfolded before his death and the secrets that were seemingly buried and forgotten.

“It’s not the length of life, but the depth.”

We learn how Ryan’s life and death had such a profound effect on those he loved and who loved him and how he left a trail of hurt and anger behind him and my heart really did go out to Avery, Aaron and Nicole at these times.

I love second chance love stories such as this and I really was invested in the blossoming love between friends Aaron and Nicole.  It truly was beautiful, as was the secondary relationship between Ryan’s sister Avery and Shila.

“I can’t keep trying to build something with you if you won’t let me in.”

These four really did capture my heart and I adored every moment I spent with them and how they dealt with their emotions and fears.

Spending time in Jefferson Point with its residents really was fun, at times heartbreaking and quite moving.

For me though, I was so invested Aaron and Nicole who I felt were the guts of the story and as such I felt I didn’t really get to know them as much as I would have liked , nor was I afforded the chance to spend as much time with them as I would have liked. It seemed as if their time was swallowed up in the numerous supporting cast of characters, most of which I really didn’t connect with and as such I wasn’t as invested in them as I was in the two blossoming love stories happening before my eyes.

I found myself rushing through a lot of the book to experience the flashbacks and to experience those beautiful moments with Aaron and Nicole and those warm and sensual moments with Avery and Shilah.

“Everyone’s on the quest for the perfect life…but the secret is there’s no such thing”

The authors did a fantastic job of pulling me into this story and as it’s told in third person you do get to experience the majority of the characters first hand.

Michelle Pace and Tammy Coons certainly managed to capture the small town atmosphere and there were times I felt I was there in the thick of the drama and kicking back with these guys.

I did enjoy this one, though it didn’t have the wow factor for me. At the end of the day I think I was far too invested in the what I saw as the four main characters and I would have liked to have spent a lot more time getting to really know them.

This was indeed a beautifully written book about putting the past behind you, moving on, throwing caution to the wind, believing in yourself and opening your heart to let others in.

Jenny: 3.5 Stars

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

 

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FUELED (The Driven Trilogy #2) by K BROMBERG

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SYNOPSIS

What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn’t supposed to, and I sure as hell didn’t want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.

Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. She’s seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she’s still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won’t let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.

How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there’s someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I’d never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I’ll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can’t be what she needs, so why can’t I just let her go?

We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Fueled with desire. Crashing into love.

Jenny:  Well, we were left hanging at the end of Driven Book #1 in the Driven Trilogy and to be honest we were a little nervous about what to expect in this second installment weren’t we G?  Our concerns were that, being a trilogy, this book could possibly fall in the dreaded “filler” trap, as is the case with some trilogies.

How wrong we were! Fueled is anything but a filler! Fueled is an essential component of this story and it almost felt as if Driven was a stepping stone leading us to Fueled.  Oh the heat factor is still off the charts and the chemistry between Rylee and Colton is in stratospheric proportions, but this book had so much more, it had substance, secrets were uncovered, it was extremely intense at times, very emotional and an absolute must read! I have to say bravo to K Bromberg because she really took this one to a new level in the trilogy stakes that’s for sure! Fans and new readers alike devour this one,  don’t you think so Gitte?

Gitte: Hell yes Jenny, Fueled was without doubt one of the best sequels in a trilogy I’ve ever read. There’s no filler about it and the writing was brilliant. And yes, Driven was the appetizer to the main course of Fueled. With a tantalizing and much needed dessert to follow still in Crashed.

I was blown away to tears by the prologue and I just knew we had a great read ahead of us. Fueled had just about everything that keeps you addicted and excitedly reading. It had the passion between Rylee and Colton as well as some real emotional tear jerking moments.

“Why get attached to someone that will only leave in the end? To someone who will run the other way when they really know about the truths inside me. The poison that clings to my soul….” Colton

The reveals were truly epic and the cliff hanger. Well…..

Oh and sigh….Colton…..

“Colton kisses like a man drawing his last breath and I am his air. It’s passionate and possessive and provocative.”

Jenny:  I was sobbing in the prologue.  It really hit a nerve with me. It was extremely intense and a deeply moving introduction and set the scene for what was to be the unraveling of Colton Donavan. The man, the myth and just exactly what this 747 load of baggage he carried around consisted of and I have to say, the way the author handled this story was beautifully done. I can’t fault it.

“And it is in this moment, being witness to his agony, I realize there are so many different ways a person can ache. So many definitions I never realized behind a simple word. “

We got emotion in bucket loads and I fell in love with Colton even more if that’s at all possible, and I felt that Rylee really grew in Fueled, she became stronger and I can only see her coming into her own more and more as the trilogy concludes in Crashed.

“There’s so much that I need to explain to you. So much I need to say…so much I should have already said to you.”

Oh don’t get me wrong. There were times the miscommunication between these two drove me crazy and their unwillingness to bend frustrated me but both these characters have so many issues to deal with and learning to trust, love and depend on another is something they must commit to together and watching it unfold through the pages is gripping!

“This is what I do for a living and I missed all of the signs. Love and hurt overriding my training.”

And did I mention Colton…..swoon…I love him! This troubled, broody, sensual man has stolen my heart.

“The image of Colton – so magnificent in body yet conflicted in mind and isolated in emotion…”

Gitte: I fell even more in love with Colton if that was possible too. My heart aches for him, his childhood, the open wounds he still carries and I sympathise with him and understand his behaviour even more now.

“You at least deserve someone that’s going to try to be what you need…give you what you want…and I don’t think I’m capable of that.” Colton

Really, for me this was Colton’s book, we got his story and how his past affects his here and now as well as his relationship with the gorgeous Rylee.

We really did get underneath that hard and controlling exterior which hides a damaged soul and a vulnerability that melts your heart.

“She pushes me. Unmans me. Consumes me. Scares the ever – loving shit out of me.” Colton

As for Rylee, she really did do a lot of growing up. She needed to transfer her compassion and understanding from her profession into her personal life in order to understand and heal Colton. Not only that, she needed to realise a few important things about herself and her own past too. Overcome her insecurities and the tragedy which mars her life.

“I came back. For you. For me. For who we are when we’re together. For the possibilities of what we can be if you’ll just let me in…”Rylee

Jenny:  Fueled really did exceed my expectations. I expected this to be a bit of a romp-fest to be honest but what we got was something so far removed from that scenario. We had questions answered, we witnessed Rylee and Colton grow and understand each other more.  Getting into Colton’s head was a revelation. His internal thought processes humoured me and broke me.

This man has been through so much and you know that Rylee is just the woman to expel his demons and show him love beyond anything he imagined, if he will just let down those walls.

“Just listen to me Ry…If you really love him, then keep knocking on that fucking steel gate he has around his heart. If he’s worth it to you, you’ll keep at it.”
“The damn thing’s got to give sometime and you’re the only one I think is capable of doing it.”

I know a lot of readers are mentioning the CH word but I don’t consider the ending to be a cliff-hanger.  OMG Yes! It killed me and I let out an audible “bloody hell” at the end but to me if felt like a perfect, heart racing ending and set the scene for Crashed.  It had my adrenaline pumping, I was on the edge of my seat, I was cursing the author but…….isn’t that how I’m supposed to feel. This is a trilogy after all and I need to want that third book as much as I do my next breath, and I do. I’d say the author achieved that and more. The ending left me gasping and needing more! Roll on Crashed!!!

Gitte: Fueled gave us a bit of everything we love. Passion, humour, angst and drama. It was so well written and whilst I got annoyed a few times at the misunderstandings and the behaviour it took nothing away from how brilliant a second instalment this is. I already miss Colton like crazy…I am irrevocably in love with this man!!! The cliff – hanger well….just see it as a momentary ‘pit stop’……

“I’ve never let someone this far in because that means secrets are shared and pasts are discovered. And because it means you need. I’ve only ever needed myself – needing others only results in pain. In abandonment. In unspeakable horror. And yet, I need Rylee right now.”Colton

Jenny: 4.5 Stars
Gitte: 4.5 Stars

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THE DRIVEN TRILOGY
Our Series Reviews
K Bromberg

DRIVEN – BOOK ONE
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♥ FUELED – BOOK TWO 
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♥ CRASHED – BOOK THREE 
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♥ RACED – COLTON’S POV’s NOVELLA – BOOK FOUR
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INKY (The Leaves #1) by J.B. Hartnett

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Inky Book One  : Amazon US | Amazon UK
Cole Book Two : Amazon US | Amazon UK
Nico Book Three (can be read as standalone) : Amazon US | Amazon UK


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SYNOPSIS

Anika “Inky” Redding is passionate about two things; her love of painting and her fiancé Evan. While working as a bartender to pay her bills, she meets Cole, a sexy divorcee. She denies their mutual attraction and tries to put him out of her mind.

When an abusive person from her childhood makes an unexpected visit, Inky’s world is turned upside down. Secrets are revealed and truths are exposed leaving Inky devastated and questioning what she thought was love. As she picks up the pieces and tries to move on, she finds her path crosses with Cole once again and this time, she cannot deny the passion between them.

Once she opens her heart again, will she be able to move forward or will her past find a way to stop her?

This is book one, the conclusion, Cole is available now!

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny Once again we go into a book completely blind and once again I really enjoyed it. The title and synopsis of this book intrigued us and so we took a plunge into Inky’s world and what an intense, passionate, heartbreaking, sad and yet witty world it was.

We meet Inky (Anika) as she in the throes of love with her fiancée Evan. He’s everything she’s always wanted and Inky has been there, waiting in the wings, until Evan was ready to finish sewing his wild oats and settle down.  She is in seventh heaven until the day the gorgeous Cole walks into her life and that’s where the story starts to take off. Her past comes back to haunt her at this time and I couldn’t wait to delve deeper and find out all the nitty gritty about Inky’s secrets, to uncover what lay beneath the surface.

“I won’t tell him. That’s your story to tell. But Ink? You should let him in. He loves you. This is part of who you are.”  Aimes

How about you Gitte, did you enjoy this story?

Gitte: I absolutely loved this story Jenny. Classic example of finding a gem and knowing nothing about it. It was intriguing, so very heart-breaking and emotional yet funny and sweet too. I loved all the characters well except for Joe, Inky’s Mum and Cole’s Dad of course. I wanted to pull out a baseball bat on them! The story of Inky swept me away and I loved pretty much every minute of it. Should really mention the cliffy though…..it’s a tough one!!!!

“I’m sweet which can also give the impression that I’m weak. I’m not. I’m sweetness with a potty mouth and an attitude.” – Inky

Jenny: Well, book two is out in a few weeks so we don’t have to wait too long thank goodness! This story was so much more than a story of healing and finding love, finding that soul mate, finding that person who makes you whole. I also loved the friendship side of this story between Inky and Aimes. These two BFF’s were a crack up.  I found myself laughing along with them and I loved how Inky had someone like Aimes in her corner, someone who never judged her, who never pitied her and who always encouraged her.

“Feel whatever you need to feel and get it the fuck out of you. It’s all poison my friend.”Aimes

Aimes shared Inky’s pain and was fiercely protective of her. Aimes was Inky’s rock, her voice of reason and her light relief when life got her down.  I loved the pragmatic, witty Aimes, in fact  I loved them both and I loved their friendship.

Well, ain’t that a pickle?”  –Aimes
“How am I supposed to respond to that?”
 
– Inky

The electricity between Cole and Inky is intense and you feel the palpable chemistry from that first meeting. As we peel back the layers and discover the horrific past Inky has endured, as we learn the significance of her unique tattoo and the stories behind her art, your heart really does break for Inky, but this girl, despite her hurt and sadness does not let life get her down.

“Everyone asked why I was called Inky or Ink instead of Anika. The meaning behind it though was a different story.”

No siree, she picks herself up, she deals and she attempts to move on as best she can.  I found Inky such a refreshing character and loved how she always seemed to find humour in even the direst of situations. This girl was hiding so much pain behind her carefully constructed façade. What about you Gitte?

Gitte: I loved Inky, she was strong and passionate. After everything she has been through she really is a survivor and at no stage did she annoy me. She is real, a great friend and has a fab sense of humour.

“You’re just, you’re just so, matter of fact about it. It’s like you’re talking about something that happened to someone else.” – Aimes

She dealt so well with her past which comes back to haunt her in a really dramatic and emotional way. I loved the meaning behind her tattoo…a talisman of her pain and her being hurt and degraded. The way this Author described her art and the moments of pain and heart ache was truly beautiful in its ugliness.

“I’d always been guarded emotionally, knowing I was the only person I could depend on.” – Inky

As for her friendship with Aimes, well I just loved these two together.  A true friendship that can never be tested by others. They are there for each other in every way and I laughed and cried with them. Aimes really was the light to Inky’s dark. And on that note….Cole.

Cole was a mystery that I loved to unravel. He was lush! He has his own demons just like Inky, but together, they just worked.

“And plain as day, I saw it; such a terrible loneliness. Maybe he was just as fucked up as I was. What a team.” – Inky

Their chemistry was definitely tangible and they each gave the other what they needed. They were soul mates, no doubt about it. So much drama and pain, so much hurt, yet ultimately amongst the laughter and passion came the healing. I really did love their story!

“I want you to trust me. I want to be your destination, not your distraction.” – Cole

My only complaint is the pet peeve I have. It wouldn’t be fair not to mention it in this review, as I do in all other reviews when this issue crops up. I wish Authors would leave 50 Shades references out of their books. Or any other book characters for that matter now we’re on this topic. This is your book; your characters. I want to enjoy your book without being reminded of others, it takes me out the moment and away from your story. I wish that scene hadn’t been in there, it was unnecessary and it annoyed me sadly.

Overall though I thought the writing was fab, the characters all played a part and I cried, laughed and swooned with them. Now, I can’t wait for the sequel because wow, as I said, what a cliff-hanger!!!

“Then let’s be scared together, Anika. Let me love you the way you should be loved. We’ll take each day as it comes but we have to talk. You have to promise me that if you start to feel panicky at all, you tell me. Don’t walk away. I want to help. I mean it.” – Cole

Jenny:  I completely agree Gitte. I too don’t want to be thinking about another book while I’m deep in the throes of a particular book.  It really is a pet peeve of ours that’s for sure. But it was a tiny blimp and we were soon back on track. Whilst I was swept away with the passion and romance in this story, I certainly also experienced the pain on both sides with Cole carrying his own demons.  Inky and Cole are both such tortured souls, each dealing in their own way but in each other they might have just found an adversary who may be the key to unlocking that pain, and putting it behind them.  Can these two damaged people find a way to heal each other and themselves?

“I want to be with you, even with all the fucked up stuff, because I’m equally fucked. I assure you.”Cole

I really enjoyed this story and I just adored Inky, Cole and the secondary characters. Each added humour and love to this story and each was a breath of fresh air when the sadness of Inky’s story overwhelmed you.  Aimee, Gus, Trish, Anthony and who can forget Abe. I adored him!!

“Abe, I kind of want to kiss you right now, tongue and all.”  Inky
“Ah, well, I’m flattered but you know that’s not how I roll.”
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This was a story of friendship, love, soul mates, hurt, pain, healing and finding that one person who knows you, the real you.  It’s about letting go of your past and treasuring your future and it’s all handled with equal doses of emotion and humour.

“Oh I’m sorry I woke you. It’s kind of like waking up next to Chris Isaak. You really don’t want to waste a single minute of the experience.” Inky

We’re glad we found Inky and we certainly enjoyed every minute of that experience and recommend adding this one to your TBR’s. . It does end on a cliffy but Cole, Book Two is due for release on 21st September and we are DYING o get stuck into that one!!

Jenny: 4 Stars
Gitte: 4 Stars

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INTO THE DEEP (Into The Deep #1) by SAMANTHA YOUNG

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SYNOPSIS

Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: I enjoyed Into The Deep and I love this Author. The writing is always flawless and I love how the atmosphere and scenery is always spot on and sweeps me away to Scotland. This story was a sweet easy read. It didn’t really compare to previous books but it was a good read nonetheless. For a quick escape with romance and a bit of angst thrown in, Into The Deep hits the spot. Do you agree Jenny?

Jenny: Absolutely Gitte. Samantha Young is one of my go to authors. I love her stories and she never ceases to make me fall in love with her characters.  I did like Into The Deep and as you say, it was a nice escape and it certainly had the formula we love in our romance stories, but for me this one just didn’t have the same effect on me as her previous books. I definitely enjoyed it but it didn’t stay with me after I finished it.

Gitte: We both love our second chance romances don’t we Jenny and this was the case for Charley and Jake.  They connected and fell in love at sixteen only to have tragedy happen which tore them apart.

“…I used to think there was nothing prettier than looking up at the stars. That feeling I got, like I was part of something bigger than anything I could ever imagine. It’s one of my favourite feelings…and I get it every time I look at you.” – Jake

Four years later they meet again and we get to hear through past and present jumps what really took place and how they came to be where they are now. I thought the back and forth was flawless and really set the mood of the story which is told in Charley’s POV (there is a fab bonus POV from Jake at the end though!)

Jake broke Charley’s heart and seeing as he was her first at most things it’s a hurt she has never really recovered from though she makes the most of her life. I really loved Charley, she was feisty, funny, real and very sweet.

“If I don’t believe I’m worth the effort, why the hell would you?” – Charley

As for Jake, I liked him but I didn’t really connect with him. He was just okay for me. I loved the secondary character Lowe more so I hope he gets a book!  Jake messed up, but he was young and lashed out. He has a lot of redeeming to do especially considering the fact that he has moved on with a girl who in my eyes was kind of wronged and forgotten. But hey…this is Charley and Jake’s story so I get it. But I had a real hard time connecting to him.

“You save people. You save me. It’s what you do.”

Did you feel the same Jenny?

Jenny: You said it! I just adore second chance love stories. I get so caught up in these types of stories but with Jake and Charley I didn’t feel it as I expected I would.  I did love Charley and of course I wanted her and Jake to rekindle their connection and to find each other again. To find that love they once shared because you felt all along it was there and that these two shared something special.

“He didn’t deserve awful but I wasn’t sure he deserved forgiveness, either.”

But I’m thinking maybe I wasn’t completely invested because like you G, Jake had a girlfriend who was really lovely and she was just kind of forgotten which prevented me from feeling that whole second chance love gooey feeling I normally experience in these stories, though I did really enjoy the flashbacks and Jake’s POV.

But as you said Gitte, this was Charley and Jake’s story and I was dying to find out exactly what it was that had pushed Jake away the first time around.

“All I know is that you probably deserve better than me, but I’m too selfish to let you. I’m into you, and I want you to be so into me, you don’t even care that I’m not good enough for you.”

What had happened all those years ago when Jake broke Charley’s heart?   And yes, ultimately I did love the intensity of these two characters and the premise of the story was one I love. The secondary characters were a lot of fun and all in all this was an enjoyable story of second chance love and while this one didn’t have that wow factor for me, this is an author who will always be on my to read list.

Gitte: Charley and Jake’s story was a good read, I liked it but I didn’t love it, not like I’ve loved previous books by this Author. Rather, I loved the secondary characters more and found myself wanting to read and know about them as they came across much more intriguing and intense. So here’s to hoping they get their own stories! As always, without a doubt I will one – click this Author as she is a great writer.

“Never accept what hand you’ve been dealt if it’s not the hand you wanted.”

However Into the Deep does not really stand out for me sadly.

Gitte: 3.5 Stars
Jenny: 3.5 Stars

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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