LOVE ME AGAIN: Get Over High School Romance Already!

Love Me Again

Book 7 in the Hope series
By Jaci Burton
Narrated by Allyson Ryan
Published by Tantor Audio
Publication date May 16, 2017
Running time 9 hrs 3 min


In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Let Go, it’s never too late for a second chance at first love…

When Loretta Simmons returns to Hope, Oklahoma, after a disastrous marriage, she’s determined to remain independent for the sake of her daughter. The only thing standing in her way is Deacon Fox—the man she loved and walked away from years ago.

Since Loretta owns the bookstore right next to his current renovation project, Deacon can’t escape the woman who broke his heart. Throw in her adorable little girl and one ridiculously oversized dog, and they’re almost a family. Only he can’t be that guy—what they had was once in a lifetime.

But love has a funny way of re-opening a door you thought was firmly closed…

My Take Oblong Shaped


I have enjoyed this series; Burton balances story, sheet time and relationship development.  This is at least the second book in this series in which a high school relationship went south and truly affected those involved.

While I liked the relationship development in this one and the couple’s chance, at last , to clear the air, and though  I enjoy the “lost love” and “second chance at love” tropes as much as the next guy, why so much drama around our high school relationships.  In this book this couple was together in high school and thought they would go on and stay together forever and ever.  I think marrying our high school loves and having that work out is pretty rare. Most of us struggled through one or two breakups in high school and college and then got on with life.

I liked how insistent Loretta is on making her own decisions. I did not understand what her family had against Deacon.  I also didn’t get the posse of former friends (also from high school) who stalked Loretta because she left a bad marriage.  And, I have to question anyone who opens a brick and mortar bookstore.  While she emphasizes all the interesting ways Loretta encourages community and literacy through her store I just cannot imagine trying to have this kind of store these days.  I know it would be great if it were a viable business and maybe bookstores are making a come back?

Allyson does her usual great job as one of my favorite narractors for contemporary romance.  Her voice is cheery without being obnoxious and she has a good tonal range that allows her to give voice to male and female characters young and not so young.

This is yet another piece of this popular series and I look forward to the next.

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