Adult Contemporary Romance
Second Chances Series
Release: October 6, 2014
“I was the little girl who loved you from afar. I was the woman who gave herself away for you and ended up losing a lot of who she was.”
“Then allow me to give back some of what I stole.”
After being dumped by her fiancé, Eleanor Carrington flees to Paris to stay with her self-medicated mother. While keeping her mom from popping pills like gummy bears, Eleanor launches a new, no-strings-attached life plan with absolutely NO falling in love whatsoever. On her part at least, because her self-esteem could do with one or two Frenchmen going un peu crazy for her.
What she doesn’t need is for her first Grand Amour to burst back into her life. What she doesn’t need is all-American Zachary Murdoch—or a more mature and sensitive version of him—to schmooze his way into her heart again. She grew up loving the/this/that man until he dumped her five summers ago. Whatever shit-show/life drama she’s just been through was a stroll. What Zach put her though was a climb up Mount Everest. Barefoot. In a bikini.
Now a club-owner in Paris, Zach is intrigued by the troubled woman who was once the sweet girl he had to give up. Offering a shoulder for her to cry on is what he owes her. Loving her is what he lost the right to. Because there’s a reason he broke up with Lenor and that reason is why she’s in Paris.
But Paris is called the City of Love…
Will he be her turn at love?
*** You Turn is a contemporary adult romance and part of the Second Chances series. However, Lenor’s story can be read as a stand-alone novel. There is no cliffhanger. ***
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 3.5 Stars ~~
This is my first book by this author and the first book in this series that I have read. Even though this book is a part of her Second Chances series, it can totally be read as a standalone. There is only one small section of this story that is regarding her previous books and the author does a great job filling in the spaces so you don’t feel lost or confused by not reading the other books.
I enjoyed this story, but I have to be honest, it really didn’t WOW me. I had a hard time staying interested and connected to the story. I liked both Zach and Lenor but I had a hard time connecting to them as a couple. They didn’t draw out the emotions from me like I like in romance books. This story is told in Dual POV and both past and present tense. Lenor’s POV was the present time and Zach’s POV was their past story. What I did really like about this book was that it was a second chance love story. I am a sucker for those 🙂 I think the reason I lost some of the connection with the characters was the switching of the timeframe. I didn’t think it was as smooth as it could’ve been and then in the end of the book, the author started to retell some of the story again from Zach’s POV….to me that dragged this out a little bit. I also felt that the addition of the french phrases was a little distracting. I loved that the story took place in France, but being that she only added phrases here and there, the dialogue just didn’t flow as smoothly as I think it could.
As I said before I really did like Lenor and Zach as characters. I loved watching these two reconnect and grow into better people. They both finally realized what they wanted out of life and chose to go after it. Lenor is the type of person who always looks out for everyone else and not herself…I was glad to see that by the end of the story she was finally living her life for her and what she wanted. Zach also grew as a person…he was very selfish when Lenor and him were together in their younger years. I was happy to see him realize what he had with Lenor and that he was willing to do anything to get her back and regain her trust and love.
I also really liked Charlie (Lenor’s Cousin) and Ziggy (Zach’s BFF and driver). I thought they were a good match.
I think this book is worth the read. I have no problem recommending to people who are fans of this author or second chance love stories. Just because it wasn’t one of my favorites, doesn’t mean it won’t be someone else’s 5 star read. I’m glad I read this book and I will read other books from this author in the future.
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