Review: Love, Again
*I received an ARC copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Synopsis | Goodreads
Aubrey Reynolds is a small-town girl who’s made it big. A successful Hollywood director, Aubrey doesn’t have time to linger on what could have been. But when a routine blood test comes back with a false positive, she decides to take some time off to do the things she’s always wanted to do: taste the famous chocolate chip cookies at the Minnesota State Fair, hike the Grand Teton National Park, scuba dive in the Caribbean. But after Aubrey admits to herself what she’s really missing, she heads back home to Dusty Valley, Oklahoma . . . and the man she left behind. Cole Haywood is a small-town fireman and that’s just fine with him. Sure, when the love of his life left their hometown to chase her dreams he was heartbroken and—he’ll admit—damn mad. But Cole would have never forgiven himself if he had held Aubrey back from success. So the last thing he expects after all these years is to walk into his favorite bar one night and find the girl he’s always loved—there—looking for him. Maybe now’s the time to make his dreams come true.
Review | Rating: 3.5 stars
I'm a sucker for second chance romance so when I read this synopsis, I requested a copy right away. The story started kind of slow and didn't really dive into the relationship part of it. Aubrey is getting ready for her first meeting with a producer for a new movie she's been hired to direct. Just as she's about to leave the house, her doctor calls her and tells her she has a cancer and could have only weeks to live. Of course, Aubrey is devastated and this gets her to thinking about her life and the choices she's made. Once she finds out that it was a mistake, something has changed in her and she's ready to start living and experiencing life. She backs out of her current project and decides to make a bucket list of places and things she wants to do. She also starts thinking about her decision to leave her childhood love and ex-fiance ten years ago. While on her travels she decides to go back home and make amends with Cole. I really think this was the point when the story really started. I guess Aubrey's travels were interesting but I was ready for Aubrey and Cole to be reunited and see how that would go.
It didn't go well at first of course. Cole was still upset and angry with Aubrey for leaving just a month before they were supposed to get married and not letting him come with her to Hollywood. They both had regrets for letting so much time go by and not trying to contact the other. I loved the drama and angst in these scenes and I was happy when they finally talked and explained to each other why they did what they did. But after this I feel as if the reconciliation between Cole and Aubrey was a little too fast. They got over everything kind of fast and ended up back together after that. I would have liked to seen that drawn out more and have a little more drama with all of that but I did love the two of them together. I also liked how Cole joined Aubrey on her travels and they checked things off their bucket list together.
I also felt like I didn't really get to know Cole or Aubrey. The characters weren't as fleshed out as I would have liked and the switch with Cole from being a bit moody to being playful and sweet. It was his character that I didn't connect with that much. There was just so much action but not a lot of character development. I did enjoy Aubrey and Cole's story. It was a sweet second chance romance with some funny parts and plenty of steam. I loved Bennett and Emilia as well and this was a good book.