Sunday 12 April 2015

Review ~ 10 Years Later by J Sterling

Review by Donna ~ 3.5 Stars

“There were simply some guys you wanted to hold on to - every memory, every note, every conversation - you longed to keep it all. And that was how I felt when it came to him.”

I am a sucker for second chance love stories and this one ticked those boxes. We have all had those guys that we have admired from afar while at school. You think that it is that forever kind of love, all consuming and you will die if you cannot be their boyfriend/girlfriend. That is the kind of relationship that Cammie and Dalton had. There are always what could have beens and what should have beens and for these two the planets just didn’t align, it just wasn’t their time to shine. Maybe being a bit naïve and not communicating was the root of the problem for these two but their paths are due to cross again, will they make the same mistakes?

10 Years Later and it is time for the infamous school reunion. These two are older and wiser. Cammie has been trying to find Dalton for the past ten years, he is nowhere on social media, which is virtually unheard of in this day and age and Cammie cannot help but wonder what had happened to him. She is now an assistant on a popular morning radio show and she is doing everything that she has loved. Never in a committed relationship because she cannot help but wonder about the one that got away. She cannot help but compare everyone else to him and even though he is a just a figment in her imagination now, he still remains there, firmly rooted. Cammie also has her issues that she needs to work through and this are going to be brought to the forefront once she sets eyes on Dalton once again.

“The eagle has landed. Crash landed. Hard landing.”

Dalton is now an undercover cop, hence the social media black out, but through family he is aware of the school reunion and he is only going for one person. The person that has been on his mind for the past ten years, the girl who got away and the girl who he listens to every morning on her radio show just to get a glimpse into what she is doing now. The girl that has been the bench mark for all others and the girl that no other has matched up to.

“You’re just the new kind of caveman. The sensitive kind. A metro sexual caveman who cares about feelings and shit, but secretly still wants to drag her by the hair and pull her into your lair.”

I loved this book, I felt the build up to their meeting, the anxiety and fear of rejection by the other, the wit and banter was true Jen Sterling and added balance to their story. These two have ten years to make up for and while their reunion is bittersweet, they only have the future to look forward too and it is up to them to make the most of the second chance they have been given.

Dalton was a pure romantic and he will have you swooning in no time, he was totally adorable. He may be sex on a stick but he is also just an all round good guy, he knew what Cammie needed and he knew what he needed to do and he played it just right.

“Loving another person is taking a giant leap of faith. It’s being vulnerable at the most basic level. It’s like taking your heart out of your chest and chucking it off a cliff, hoping that someone is waiting at the bottom with open arms to catch it.”

This is a story about second chance love, letting go of the past and living for the future, embracing those closest to you and learning that a true love is worth it, no matter the could be’s.  Jen Sterling will have you sighing and swooning, laughing and smiling and as this story comes full circle you will be left at the end with a full heart and a smile on your face.

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