Title: Back to You
Author: Priscilla Glenn
Release Date: October 20th 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Read: December 29th 2012
Pages: 328-Paperback-given for review
When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her. Or that it would end so painfully. Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation. As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?
What I thought:
A big thank you to the author for giving me a copy of this to review!
Quite honestly, I loved this book. Not only was the story great but the characters were awesome. I got attached to them fast, especially Lauren. She’s a very kind person, who’s always smiling, smart and trying her best to help others. She does have moments where she doubts herself but that doesn’t stop her. She’s the kind of person that I’d love to hang out with too.
Mike (Del) was a perfect love interest. In the high school scenes he’s that typical bad boy always getting in trouble at school, but somehow Lauren breaks through his shell and he’s softer towards her, and they become best friends. In the present he’s got many regrets from the past, especially because of what happens between them, but he tries really hard to do best for his daughter (which is an adorable kid by the way). His childhood was hard and he went through so much, so I was really rooting for him when he meets Lauren again, and hoping things would work out between them.
The way the book was written too was nice. The chapters and sections are through the eyes of both Lauren and Michael, of which I really appreciated being able to see different sides of how things happened. We even get to see some back story as you read further, and it’s not just shoved at you right away which was good. I find that learning as you go is much better than an information overload at the beginning.
I just got swept right into the story and the lives of the characters, not to mention that the cover in person is cute. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting a sweet contemporary romance!