I gave this standalone contemporary romance a 3/5 stars. I had trouble with liking Elliott throughout the book and didn’t quite see what she saw in him.
Overall this book was a little flat for me in the emotion department. I wanted to feel more than I did. The looming presence of her deceased mother felt heavy on me the whole read. Like I couldn’t catch some air.
Discussion question: Do you believe in second chances?
Here’s some thought I had live while reading:
So it seems like there will be two timelines hoping from Mace and Elliott’s past as teens to current day. Mace works with pediatric patients whose best friend just had her first child. She spots her ex and I already have a thousand questions.
The first set flashbacks are when they’re in eighth grade and that feels a bit too young to feel comfortable with the first “spark” feelings.
Christina Lauren’s style kind of reminds me of Colleen Hoover’s early works. I’m dying to know what happened 11 years ago. But their “reunion” fell a little flat for me without the emotional tension I needed.
I’m not a big fan of threads of email correspondence in books. I find them boring.
When the big reveal showed what happened 11 years ago I don’t feel sorry for him at all and made me dislike him more.