Series: Guilty Pleasures #1
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .
Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.
Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely.
I loved the idea of this book, I love the idea of coming home, to the place where you grew up, and everything you left behind. I also love second chance romances, they are without a doubt one of my favorites when it comes to romance books. I also liked that this took place in a small town.
So when the book starts we are with our heroine, Sofia, and she is at the funeral of her beloved great-aunt, Luz. You can tell right away that being back in the town that it seems like turned their backs on her, is hard for her. Add in the death of someone she loved very much and its understandable that Sofia is not in the bed place. One thing you do know about her right away is that she had some sort of serious heart issue growing up that eventually led to her getting a transplant after she left town. I can only image what that would be like growing up with something that heavy as a kid.
We meet our hero pretty early on in the book as well, Burke, and I’m not really sure if I can explain how he came off. The two of them were best friends when they were kids, she was kind of on the outside because of her health, and he was on the outside because he was into drugs (and it seems he was an indiscriminate drug lover). It’s clear right away these two had some sort of serious falling out, but also that once upon a time they meant a lot to each other. That being said, Burke kind of comes off like a jerk, and not in a good way. But then he also has moments where he was sweet, and these moments were way to close together, like someone was just flipping a switch.
I really wanted to like this book, the premise was fine, the characters were okay, but I’m so sorry to say the writing style killed me. There was something about the way the prose was written that just made it hard for me to read. I felt like scenes were kind of choppy, just the writing in general felt choppy, it was hard to really dive into. And it was slow in the beginning, like I was waiting for something to happen, but then nothing did, the pacing was just hard for me. I like the grab onto a book and then not let go, but this book just didn’t do that for me.
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