I LOVED this book! It was sweet with a splash of sexy and a hint of comedy all mixed into one. Sounds like the best kind of drink if you ask me! There were moments that made me laugh, some where I wanted to cry, and others that I just wanted to beat the snot out of someone. Like I said, it was a GREAT story. But let me not get ahead of myself.
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Abby and Joey parted ways eight years ago when he joined the Marines. They had maintained some contact, but it dwindled over time until they stopped speaking all together. Now back in town, Joey wants to reconnect, but Abby isn’t all that interested. Or is she? Even if she is, there are several people who want nothing more than to keep them apart. Can they get past all the drama and find their way to one another?
Now that you know the premise, this is your one and only warning that there are SPOILERS AHEAD. Continue reading at your own risk.
The story starts off with a text between Abby and Joey. Something he’s recalling from eight years earlier. It took me a second with this because Abby apparently gave him the nickname “Jo-Jo.” I couldn’t quite get used to that. Mostly because I couldn’t imagine a guy being nicknamed “Jo-Jo.” Though, now that I think about it, I could absolutely see a feminine woman calling her best guy friend named Joseph, “Jo-Jo.” Anyway, so Joseph is on his first day of college and he’s thinking about Abby. They haven’t yet crossed paths, but we all know it has to happen soon. Then we find out Abby went to college to teach. I was absolutely giddy at this point because I knew what would happen.
Abby would turn out to be Joseph’s professor. That alone spelled trouble! Though I certainly didn’t imagine everything else that would be going on. Kidnapping, fights, jail, asshole parents … okay, maybe that’s a bit strong … self-righteous would be more appropriate. Maybe even indignant. But I get to that later.
Within the first few chapters, we learn rather quickly that both Joseph and Abby have been through some things. Joseph fought in the war and that certainly left a mark on him. Then there’s his family, his father mostly. I have never wanted to punch the shit out of a character more than I did Joey’s father! The guy was an absolute tool! Dickhead! Scoundrel. Asshole! I could go on forever about what I think of Joey’s father, except it’s NOT his story. So, moving on.
As for Abby, she isn’t just the mother of a two-year-old, but she’s also a widow. Another mark left by war and this is one of the reasons she initially pushes Joey away. As the story goes on, we discover more about what happened to Abby’s late husband. This made me feel for her. Yes, she had her daughter and her family, but sometimes that isn’t enough. And while Joey had been her first love, she isn’t quite ready to take another leap, at least not without some encouragement and a LOT of patience.
It took a minute for these two to get it together. While they did, we got some sweet romance, a few hot scenes, and it was sprinkled with a bit of comedy.
This was one of the best roller-coaster rides I’ve been on. And I absolutely want to tell you more, but I don’t want to give too much away. So, if you want to read my full review, check it out on my new blog.
I promise, I’m not going to leave you empty handed. Here a few more of my favorite lines.
- “‘Oh, I don’t think you need that.’ I motioned to the white shirt in his hands. ‘Or pants, for that matter.’” (Can I seriously borrow this line?)
- “‘For once your life, Abby, will you stop being so damn stubborn? I want to know. I want you to break. Break, for me, and let me put you back together. Let me be the one to carry some of your burden. Don’t do it alone anymore—for Zoey’s sake.’” (Yes, yes, I know this isn’t ONE line, but it was soooooo beautiful and heart-breaking!)
- “‘I swear to Christ, Joey, if the next words out of your mouth are: ‘will you keep it’ I will punch you in the throat. While holding a baby. Because I’m that badass.’” (I want to be that badass!!)
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With that said, I give it …
Contributor: Brigit Rosé