(Once) Again by Theresa Paolo

Posted June 28, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

(Once) Again by Theresa Paolo(Once) Again by Theresa Paolo
Series: Again #2
Format: eARC
Published by Penguin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Josh will have to reconcile his past…

In order to make Kat his future.

After surviving a real-life nightmare, Josh Wagner is sent home from his dream college on crutches. Bedridden and tormented by flashbacks, he’s just seen his world shattered and his baseball scholarship go up in smoke. Josh’s family hires a health aide to help take care of him, but when he opens the door, the last person he expects to see is his biggest regret…

Katherine Singleton is the only girl Josh has ever loved. Now, even though she’s only taking care of him because it’s her job, Josh is determined to win her back. But Kat had to move on after their breakup two years ago, and despite her feelings for Josh, a lot has happened since he left…

When Kat’s past comes back to haunt her, Josh decides it’s his turn to take care of her. But protecting her—and redeeming himself—will put Josh in the line of fire again. Will he survive this time?

This book is definitely on the intense side, although given that it’s the second book in the series, I can’t help but think the first book might have been just as intense. So this book focuses on Josh, who is recovering from a gun shot wound to the leg that he got when he was in a mass shooting at his college. To say it was a traumatic experience for Josh might be an understatement.

When the book starts Josh is in the middle of his rehab, and he is not a happy guy. He’s clearly going through some PTSD like symptoms and is pretty much angry at the world. He was in college having this great time being a star baseball player, and then suddenly in one morning everything changes and his chances of playing baseball are pretty slim, in fact at this point walking is him main goal.

Of course, when his home health aid shows up and it turns out to be the girl from high school that he was in love with, things really start to change for him. It becomes his mission to fix things with Kat, and it really gives him to motivation to start working on overcoming his own issues, to be able to open up about what he feels about what happened to him, and to really poor himself into his recovering. He really wants to be the man that he feels Kat deserves. I liked that the book was told from Josh’s perspective, it’s not something I really read a lot, the male perspective only. And I think the book was done really well, I felt that it was really easy to connect with Josh and to really pull for him, I wanted him to get his happy ending.

Kat has not had it easy, after her mother died from cancer, she suddenly had to take care of all the bills and become like a second mother to her little brother. But she’s such a strong woman, in spite of all the stress that is thrust upon her, and all this new found responsibility she keeps going. I liked that she wasn’t a push over, she stands up and says what she thinks, life dealt her a bad hand and she learned how to make it work. She an impressive chick, and she’s great at pushing Josh to be a better person, and really helping him to get over what happened to him. She also has a traumatic storyline that gets revealed as the story goes on, and I think it’s really an experience that brings Josh and Kat together, helps the two of them really understand each other and find strength in being with one another, learning that life sometimes requires leaning on other people to get you through the hard times.

I think this is a pretty good new adult romance, I really enjoyed it. I do have to point out that it is on the heavy side, so if you are looking for upbeat and fancy free, this isn’t the book you want to pick up. But if you want to see how two people can really survive some heavy stuff and come out on the other side then this is definitely a book you want to pick up, especially if you like new adult.

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About Theresa Paolo

Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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