Title: Feel Again (Fate Series, #1)
Author: Faith Andrews
Release Date: January 12, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A dying wish.
After years of loneliness, widowed Gabriella is ready to fill the void—as long as she doesn’t have to give her heart to another man.
Caleb’s screwed himself right into a dead-end existence. Faced with an ultimatum, he’s hell-bound on changing his reckless ways.
A chance meeting has these two instantly attracted to one another, but when their paths cross again—this time as professor and student—the roles reverse on Professor Edwards as Caleb teaches her how to feel again.
As I stretch my vision past Aubrey, to another group of barely-dressed girls, I notice her. Long, coffee-brown hair falling down her back and almost touching her perfectly rounded ass. The ass that’s encased in a skin-tight black number and silky legs accentuated by heels that look dangerous. It’s a sin that someone who looks like her should have her eyes focused on the ground. Focus them on me, I will her. A package as beautifully put together as she is deserves attention—my attention. If only she knew she blows every woman in this room away. And not just because of how striking she is. There’s something about her, something different. This woman is a rare find in a room full of cookie-cutter imitations.
Her shiny waves cascade over her shoulders, bouncing as she walks in my direction. The deep chocolate hue compliments her radiant olive skin tone and her glistening green eyes. This woman is fucking gorgeous. Not the kind you take home to screw, the kind you take home to Mom . . . or, er, Grandma.
“Caleb. I was talking to you.”
I snap back to find Aubrey’s hands around my waist. “Conversation’s over. There’s someone I need to talk to.” I walk away, not even glancing back at Aubrey. I need to know who this woman is. I’m not a spiritual man, but she just might be sent from heaven. She’s the type of woman who could change the whole game. At least that’s the vibe I’m getting.
As I escape Aubrey, it’s as if I’m being magnetically pulled toward the woman now sitting at the bar. I watch her from afar at first, gauging her body language. Her fingers tap on the marble bar top as she waits for the bartender’s attention. She’s new to this. No regular waits for her order to be taken when she looks the way she does. Dude, I want to scream at the bartender, how can you not see her? She’s . . . God, not only is she gorgeous but there’s something about the way she’s fidgeting that tells me she’s completely out of her element. How could this sophisticated beauty be out of her element in a club full of women who wish they had half her class? And why is she here alone? If she were my girl, everyone would know it. My arms would be wrapped around her, my fingers settling on the small of her back, claiming her as mine.
I watch this classy creature as she plays with the curled edges of her hair, twisting the strands around her index finger. I play with my hair when I’m nervous. Is she nervous or just timid? Either way, I want to know. I want to know everything about this damn woman, starting with her name.
When she orders herself a Ketel and Seven I decide to be brave. “Make that two,” I add, getting comfortable in my stool.
At first she eyes me like I’m some creep, but then . . . shit! When our eyes meet it’s as if the universe has made up for every shitty thing that ever came my way.
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*
3.5 “nickle” stars
Some reviews are hard to write and I feel like this is one of those. I have been a huge fan of this author’s work since day one and am having a hard time with Feel Again because I wasn’t wowed by it. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did! But I went in to this story thinking I would fall in love with her work, again. I loved the idea of this plot!! It’s one of those stories that may not appeal to all due to the age and student/teacher issues. But it’s not like most will think initially.
“Me—widowed, middle-aged, Gabriella Edwards used the term booty call.”
Gabriella and Caleb’s story is different. Plus, age is just a number in my opinion. Even though I couldn’t totally connect with these characters, it didn’t mean that I didn’t understand where they were coming from when it comes to their love for one another. Their love was never what bothered me about this story. I think it was more the timeline I had issues with. But, as I always say, that is just personal preference and what irks me may be what the next reader loves about this story. Different strokes for different folks 😉
“Wow, really? I guess I’ve still got it! Too bad I don’t use whatever it is.”
This story is full of loveable and grating characters. My favorites were Gabriella’s daughters and sister. They delivered the humor into this very emotional story. From page one it’s a ton of emotion. The author did a fabulous job with the prologue. It definitely pulls you in quickly!
“Don’t you think it’s time I finally grow the hell up and settle down with a girl who doesn’t belong to someone else? I wasted so much fucking time, doing meaningless shit. It’s just not fun anymore.”
I found it funny that these characters almost change positions in the very beginning. You have the playboy who changes his ways when he meets Gabriella. But then Gabriella tries to play it cool and just enjoy a fling. We know that’s not how it’s all going to go down. Gotta add that little bit of drama into the mix. And that drama’s name is Aubrey. I knew from the very beginning she was going to be a problem. Even before she was introduced to Caleb. There’s always one, right 🙂
I hope in this review you can tell that this is a good story. Maybe not a 5 star read for me, but definitely has the potential to be a star read for many people. This author is still one of my favorites and I will still be anxiously awaiting her next book 🙂
Coming May 5, 2015
First Came You (Fate series #0.5)
First comes a nickel,
Then comes a shove,
Then comes loss only conquered by his love.
This is the story of my first true love. The story of how the boy next door protected me, became my best friend, stole my heart, and rescued me from my darkest despair.
Faith Andrews lives in New York where she is happily married to her high school sweetheart. They have two beautiful daughters and a furry Yorkie son, Rocco. If she isn’t listening to Mumford & Sons or busy being a Dance Mom, her nose is in a book or her laptop. She’s a sucker for a happily ever after and believes her characters are out there living one somewhere . . .