Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ARC Book review: Once and Again (Return to Briarwood #1) by Elisabeth Barrett

Available July 14th 2015
eARC provided by publisher through Netgalley

For readers of Shannon Stacey and Susan Mallery, the heartfelt new Briarwood series begins with a tale of forbidden love, broken promises, and second chances.

Growing up in Eastbridge, Connecticut, Carolyn Rivington was a young debutante who did whatever her parents asked. So when her father demanded that she break things off with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks or else, she did. Now Carolyn’s family is deep in debt. She’s no longer a member of the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club, she’s an employee. And the tanned, tattooed, dangerously handsome stranger who saunters into her lobby isn’t just her new boss . . . he’s also her first love.

The last time he saw Carolyn, Jake Gaffney was in the back of a police cruiser, handcuffed and humiliated. But seeing her again stirs other memories: a blanket on the beach, the moon above their heads, and the most expensive bottle of wine he could afford. Now the tables have turned. As a real-estate magnate and Briarwood’s new owner, Jake doesn’t have to answer to anyone. But now that he’s back home, he’s finding it hard to live down his old reputation.

Before they can move forward, Jake and Carolyn must face their pasts. But it’ll take more than sizzling chemistry for them to heal old wounds and return to the love they once shared.

This is a brand new series from author Elisabeth Barrett. Carolyn Rivington grew up with privilege but also controlled by her parents. Even though she had feelings for a boy who worked at her parents country club she dutifully followed their orders by shunning him. Jake Gaffney was a young caddy when he fell for Carolyn but it was not in the cards for a relationship between them. Not only were they young, he was poor and she was rich. Everyone knows those two things don't mix right? Fast forward years later and things are reversed. Carolyn is struggling to pay off family debts and working at the same country club she was a member of all those years ago. Trying to sort that mess out has become a full time headache. She's sold almost everything she can and while she works her father and sibling have left her holding the bag. Jake on the other hand has gone to college and got into real estate and now is a millionaire who just bought Briarwood the country club he used to work at all those years ago. Things get interesting when he finds out Carolyn is there. I liked the idea of this story. Second chances lovers meeting again years later. I loved watching them work out their hurt feelings and getting back together. I enjoyed the secondary characters although i think they got more screen time then they probably should have. I am assuming that the author is setting things up for the next couple books in the series. While i can appreciate that i wonder if it would've been better for us to know less about them for now. It depends on what happens in the next book i guess and I am excited to see where that goes. I see a lot of potential for a great series. Fingers crossed Ms. Barrett can make it work.

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