Monday, March 5, 2018

Review of Back to You by P. Creeden

Back to You

With first love, everyone makes mistakes… but a few get a second chance.

Rachel Sawyer gave up her first love to chase after her career in New York. Since moving to the city, finding success has been easy, but finding love? Not so much. But she doesn’t have time for what-could-have been, until her Grandmother calls, and she decides to make a quick trip back home to her small town in Ohio.

Brandon was dumped by the love of his life, on Valentine’s Day. When Rachel broke up with him, the plans he had for his future fell to pieces. Nothing has ever been right since. A failed marriage, a business in shambles, his family mad at him… he can’t seem to get back the success he once had. Then she waltzes into his life once more.

Is it a second chance, or will she set him up for heartbreak again?

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**My thoughts**
I love fast and sweet romances. I often find myself with small blocks of time in between engagements and like to have something that I can pick up to read and not have to worry about getting lost when I am interrupted and have to pick it up again later. This sweet story about Rachel and Brandon easily fit the bill.

Those first loves in high school can be difficult. Sometimes you know that you are meant to be together, but then have to have some time apart to truly appreciate what it is that you had. You're both still growing, trying to figure out who you are as a person, let alone as part of an intense relationship. Rachel had her dreams and goals in place, but wasn't really sure how to make Brandon a part of them. Brandon thought he knew was his future was, but Rachel broke his heart when she let him go.

It's easy to make a mistake in a relationship. It's not always so easy to go back to the way things were. Rachel and Brandon have both moved on in their lives, yet have never found anyone new who really completes them in the same way. When Rachel goes back home, she and Brandon end up thrust together, thanks to Rachel's conniving grandmother. They cautiously set out to see if they can rekindle what once was and turn into something new. 

As with all short romance stories, sometimes they feel a little hurried. You sometimes want to get deeper into the characters and their conflicts because you like them so much. I felt like this story resolved itself quite quickly after a 10-year hiatus. But at the same time, it did leave me with those feel-good butterflies as it worked itself out. Definitely a sweet read to keep you entertained in an afternoon. And bonus points for being a clean romance for something a little different, which I need on occasion.

Pauline Creeden

Pauline CreedenPauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.  

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