Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ARC Review ~ AGAIN by Lisa Burstein

Again
by: Lisa Burstein
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Source: Author

How far would you go for a second chance?

Eleven years after flunking out of college, Kate has finally hit rock-bottom. Losing her job and boyfriend in one drunken night, she’s determined to fix her life by going back to the moment when she let partying and sex take over and do things right. At twenty-nine, she heads back to freshman year of college, with a catch.

Pretending she's nineteen with a new roommate and full class schedule is easy. When she meets her shy, sexy and seven-years-younger RA Carter, following her self-imposed sobriety and celibacy rules is proving to be anything but.

A senior enduring years of regret, Carter is more than ready to graduate. He’s anxious to move on from the party his freshman year where he witnessed his frat brothers about to commit a sexual assault. Instead of doing the right thing and stepping in, he looked the other way and left. His guilt has made for a lonely four years.

When he meets the new freshman on his floor, spunky and confident Kate, he wonders if his time as an outcast has finally come to an end.

Kate and Carter’s growing friendship and undeniable attraction make it harder to hide the demons from their respective pasts. But when their secrets are finally revealed, will their chance at starting over together still be there?


REVIEW
Again was one of those reads that once you start, there is no parting yourself from it.  I devoured it like a woman starved.

Kate Townsend's life is spiralling.  After losing her job following the end of an affair with her married boss, she decides to rectify everything that started this downward spiral when she flunked out of college, by going back to college. Only to do so she needs to becomes nineteen again, ten years younger than she actually is.  Raising your eyebrow over this?  Trust me.  Don't.

Carter Blackwood is desperate to finish college and leave behind the mistakes he made in his freshman year.  Full of regret he's lonely, until a confident flighty young woman moves onto his floor and unleashes something buried deep within.

Everything changed the minute I realized she needed someone.... Making sure she was okay would be my first step toward redemption.

Everything about this novel worked for me, the storyline, the dual perspective, the character voices and the emotion.  I fell in love with Kate and Carter and their transition from friends to lovers; his past has shaped a wonderful man wiser than his twenty-two years, yet her vulnerabilities brought an innocence to hers (I need to point out not the virginal type, her experience and confidence made those interactions very sexy).  Their journey was paced perfectly and brought fun, humour and an abundance of tender, heartwarming and heart aching moments.  But I would have liked a little more given to Carter revealing his past to Kate, but in the grand scheme of things that is minor and the surprise heading towards the finish line I couldn't have predicted.

I would read Again, again and again.  It was that good.  Lisa Burstein has a writing style that grabs you, doesn't let go until you've flicked the final page and this is a book I have no doubt many will fall in love with.

"I will always want the true you, and for you I will always be the true me."

**Received a copy from the author & tour company in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**

Rating: 4.5

For a limited time only, Again will be available for $0.99
(Regular price $3.99)

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Lisa Burstein is the author of the Young Adult Novels: Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie, and the New Adult Novels & Novellas: Sneaking Candy, The Next Forever & The Possibility of Us. She is also a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 Young Adult Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Again is her self-publishing debut.

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