By Pamela Clare
We gave this 2016 second chance at love novel an A-. Here's what AAR's Maria Rose wrote:
What struck me as unique for a second chance romance is the clear indication that both parties are equally responsible for their initial breakup. Lexi and Austin were in love, but they were teenagers. Lexi knew she wasn't going to stay around as she was desperate to escape the hard working life at the inn with her father and a stepmother with whom she didn’t get along. When she tried to convey to Austin her concerns about the likelihood that they would stay together once she moved away, Austin took this as a rejection of him and his plans for their future. He immediately broke up with her, and they both spent the summer after graduating from high school miserable and alone before Lexi left town. When she returns, and Austin thinks back on the good and the bad times they had, his thoughts are ”First love. Why did people romanticize it? It sucked.” And isn't that the truth! Chances are first love ends in heartbreak, yet we tend to view it through rose colored glasses nonetheless. I appreciate that the author is able to show a little more of that truth in this story, and to make both leads equally culpable for not talking through their problems. Plus, the issues they had are still a reality for all couples who fall in love at that age. Their intimate encounters now are very sexy - bordering on a little bit kinky - with some scenes involving light bondage. It's no surprise that they are still sexually compatible, as they learned about sex together as teenagers. Sex was never a problem for them then, and it isn’t now. It’s the emotions that go along with it that are at the crux of the problem.

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