Publication Date: November 12, 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
In a small town, it’s hard to recover from being dumped by your high school sweetheart. That’s just what Briana has to do after Colin leaves her to follow his dreams. She focuses her energy into her friendships and the pursuit of her own goal of becoming a chef. Just when she finally feels like she’s on the right path, he comes back to town.
Colin knew breaking up with Briana before leaving for college was the right thing to do. He was determined to leave small-town life behind forever, and that included his high school girlfriend. But when a sports injury puts him on the sidelines, he’s forced to return home. Seeing Briana again brings back a lot of memories, and Colin wonders if he made the right decision. It doesn’t take long for him to realize he wants her back, and this time, he wants to make it last.
I made it a little mission of mine to read as many New Adult (or YA-Mature, whichever works for you) books this year as I could find the time for. I’ve been slacking a little and hadn’t read any in the last 2 months or so, so when I saw Lopez’ book making the rounds for a blog tour complete with some interesting excerpts, I didn’t hesitate to buy it.
Having a guy break up with his girl before he heads off to college for her own good isn’t exactly the most ground-breaking beginning to a NA story I’ve read and the tone of the first chapter had me feeling a little tentative about this one. Colin feels like he has to dump Briana because he thinks he’s going to hold her back while he’s away. So he says some mean things to her and she swears he’ll never get a second chance with her. I was a little uncomfortable with Colin’s voice – it seemed very feminine – and yeah, there were quite a few more imaginative ways to head into a story setting up an explosive reunion, but I was on board for it. NA means the author gets to be more explicit, so bring it!