Title: This Time Around
Author: Ellie Grace
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: July 14, 2013
Nora Montgomery left home and heartbreak behind in South Carolina when she moved to New York City after her high school graduation. Now, four years later, she returns home and is forced to confront the past she left behind and the reckless boy who broke her heart. It’s not long before the pieces of her past begin to blur with the present and she realizes that the feelings she had for her first love never really went away. As old dreams resurface and new truths come to light, she begins to question the future she’s always planned on.
Jake Harris has spent four years regretting the night he let her get away. When she finally reappears in his life, he is determined to win her back and prove how much he’s changed. She might never forgive him for that night, but if he tells her the truth about what really happened it will shatter the world she thought she knew. If he doesn’t, he might not get a second chance. He’s already lost her once and he won’t lose her again.
They come from two different worlds that are threatening to tear them apart…can they make it this time around?
This Time Around was the first book I had read by Ellie Grace, so I had no idea what to expect. Before starting this book, I’d been reading a lot of dark and damaged love stories so this book was a much needed breath of fresh air. This is a sweet story, a hearts and flowers kind of love. This Time Around is a story about a second chance at love. Nora and Jake fell in love in high school, until Jake broke Nora’s heart. She leaves for college in New York City and never looks back. Four years later, her best friend from high school, Susie, is getting married to Ethan, Jake’s best friend. As Susie’s maid of honor, she has no choice but to head home and face the love she left behind.
“Now that I was actually here it was easy to remember why I fled to New York and stayed away for so long. Everything about this place made me think of him. Jake.”
Nora and Jake are all grown up and living completely different lives, but their love still burns hot underneath all the pain and anger they both carry. I really liked them both as characters, but I liked them together so much more. They complemented each other. I enjoyed watching the characters both grow in each other’s presence. Jake was always the free spirit, never taking anything too seriously. But he knows Nora deserves more and so he actually dedicates himself to something. Nora reminded me a lot of myself, so I connected with her instantly. She is always trying to make everyone else happy and do what is expected of her. She has always been serious and hardworking, but somewhere along the way she stopped thinking about what she wanted. Jake forces her to question everything. These two weren’t necessarily opposites in every way, but they made each other better. I enjoyed seeing their transformations.
“You can’t always make decisions with your head, there are times you have to listen to your heart and trust that it will steer you in the right direction. We don’t always choose our path in life, sometimes it chooses us. It might not be the smoothest ride, but you will end up where you’re meant to be. Do what makes you happy, no matter what, and don’t worry about the details. Details have a way of working themselves out in the end.”
Nora and Jake’s story was great. The storyline kept my interest the whole time and never hit a lull for me. We get to see the characters in many different settings, which allowed me to really understand and feel their dynamic. Seeing their relationship juxtaposed with Susie and Ethan’s added a lot to the story as well. Since Susie and Ethan had been together since high school, we got a glimpse into how it could have been for Nora and Jake. Overall I thought this was a great, sweet story of defining yourself and getting a second chance at love. This Time Around will make you smile and leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling.
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