5 stars!!! A top favorite of 2012!
Oh my God. Oh my God. OH. MY. GOD.
Guys, you all HAVE to read this book!
Its a beautiful, believable second-chance friends-to-lovers story that was both heart breaking and heart warming, with an uplifting, satisfying ending that left me clutching my heart, with happy tears in my eyes and a smile on my face 🙂
I loved it.
“Right back to him. Always to him.”
I started this book late last night after a long day at work and it kept me glued to my kindle until I finished it at 3:30AM. I couldn’t put it down!! My heart was just SO wrapped up in the story and so connected to the characters!
This is the best-friends-to-lovers story about Michael Delaney, an angry badass badboy with a tragic past, and Lauren Monroe, the straight-lace good girl who saw through his facade and into his heart.
“His face, like everything she knew about him, was purely contradictory… He was too lovely to be menacing, but too intense to be innocent.”
Eight years ago, when they were still in high school, was when Lauren first saw Michael. Everyone treated him as though he was dangerous, with a constant stream of angry, violent outbursts, a string a suspensions, and an all-round rebellious attitude, people were afraid of him. But something about his demeanor called to Lauren. She was inexplicably drawn to him, seeing something in him that no one else did. They became best friends throughout the rest of school until something happened that tore them apart leaving her heart bruised without answers.
Now, eight years later, Lauren has just started a new job teaching a kindergarten class and the last person she expects to see is Michael. The rush of emotions and memories that flood back when she sees him shows that there is still something deep between them, but Michael needs to win back her trust, and Lauren needs answers as to what tore them apart. And together they find that no amount of separation can change the depth of their feelings for each other.
“It suddenly felt like there was a magnet in her chest, like some unforeseen force was pulling her toward him.”
The smoothly flowing writing style beautifully depicts the depth of the story. The author perfectly captured the emotions of her characters and projects them onto you. You feel them as though they were yours.
The story is told in a mixture of past and present day story lines. Starting out with the present and intermingling it with bits of where Lauren and Michael’s story began 8 years ago. There are alternating POVs with an initial focus on Lauren’s but with just enough of Michael’s to keep us strongly connected to him on a more personal level.
This book spoke to my heart. You know the kind of story where, if it says, “Michael grinned”, it makes your heart feel full? Yeah, its that kind of book 🙂
I literally would just read scene after scene with my hand over my heart either smiling or near tears. Parts were sweet, parts gave me shivers, parts broke my heart and parts put it back together so beautifully that I forgot everything but the happiness.
I loved that it was a much deeper friends-to-lovers story than the usual… they were friends but with something so much deeper than that – a connection that that kept drawing them together in every way.
“I always knew I would fall in love with you,” he said softly, “But you were never supposed to love me back,”
Lauren was a wonderful heroine. She was a straight up, no-stupidity, honest, kind, intelligent and deeply understanding character who made me totally sympathetic to everything she went though.
And Michael, I fell in love with right from the start of the story. Like Lauren, I felt drawn to him. The mystery, his pain, the kind heart that was hidden behind the layers of hurt just melted me <3
I love these second-chance stories where the characters get a chance to make things right again by finding a way to build new, positive memories over the painful ones and find a way to heal and build a beautiful life together.
“…I never stopped loving you. Not for one second.”
I was so emotional for the last 20% of the book. You know that constantly-near-tears, brimming-with-emotion feeling? I had that! So much heart-break, heart warming, and healing, with an achingly beautiful love scene and a wonderful epilogue.
I love stories that have some heart ache in them as well as happiness because sometimes, its through the pain that you can come to appreciate more fully the beauty that life and love have to offer. Not that it is necessarily needed to appreciate it, but those who have gone through it know how lucky they are to have that love. Michael and Lauren knew it. It was absolutely beautiful!
Its got a bit of both a YA story (their past) and an adult story (their present). There is steam, but its more emotionally descriptive than blatantly graphic.
Fans of AL Jackson’s books will definitely love this.
**little note because I know some of you will be wondering about this: there is no cheating in this book. There is a whiff of a love triangle at one point, but it doesn’t go anywhere or get developed into a source of angst so your hearts can rest easy.
I am utterly floored that this is a debut novel. It is absolutely one of my top favorite books now!
Everyone should add it to their to-read lists 🙂
Thank you to the author for offering to send me a copy to review!
THIS BOOK MADE MY LIST OF “BEST BOOK OF 2012″!!!
Joanne careri says
Cant wait to read it!
Gin Bryant says
Oh my gosh! I love second chance stories AND AL Jackson!!! Just bought my copy. 🙂
Thanks for such a gorgeous review, Aestas!
~Gin @ Addicted to Words
I can’t wait for you all to read this!! <3
Jen Berg says
LOL! This was one of the ones that I bought yesterday during my buying binge!!! I saw that you had started reading it so I had bought it!!! You have the power!!! If I see you are reading something…I just have to go get it!!! ( and cross my fingers that it is good!)
Lee Ann Nelson says
Just finished this book after reading your review. I loved it. I cried the whole time. Thank you for recommending such great books!
@Jen – YAY! I hope you love it 🙂
@Lee – I’m so happy to hear that <3
Megan Hand says
I have heard all kinds of wonderful things about this book. I already own it. Excited to read it!
Angie McKeon says
You have the BEST giveaways!! Thank you so much!
Thanks for the chance to enter!! =)
Luke Abaffy says
Great interview! I’m not evern a Romance reader and I want to check out Priscilla’s work. Also, love the layout of this post.
Dione Sage says
This book looks so good, Thanks for yet another amazing giveaway!
Finished this book about 30 mins ago and I want to go back and read it again it was just so perfect. So much is highlighted on my kindle. So much of the story broke my heart and mended it and made me want to giggle with happiness. Which I did. A lot. Thankyou SO much for recommending such a beautiful book (and now giving us a chance to win a signed copy.. would make my year!) and thankyou to priscilla for writing said perfect book. I adore it.
I’m definitely interested in reading this book!
on my TBR list!!!
Liz Neil says
This sounds amazing! Definitely need to read it.
Alexandra Bennett says
Ah, this one definitely sounds like it’ll tug on heartstrings. Thanks for the chance to win it!
Julie K says
Great giveaways -as always!
Tina Rappa says
I would love to win 🙂 thanks for the chance!
carrie sutton says
Would love to read this one
Amber Slagle says
Back to You sounds Amazing!!!!
Nicole Howard says
Thank you for this giveaway! 🙂
Valerie D. says
I love book giveaways!!!
I haven’t read this one but oh my, it sounds really good!!
I have not read it yet. But it is on my to read list and I just might have to start it soon.
Always up for a giveaway and a new book!!
Audrey Arocha says
Loved. Loved. Loved this book so friggin’ much!!! :DDD
Jessica Westover says
I adore A.L. Jackson, so if Back to You is similar, I’m sure I’ll love it!
I haven’t had the opportunity to read this. But, it looks like a great story.
Chelsea Bergamo says
I have heard so many amazing things about this book
It sounds wonderful!
Angela Moses says
I haven’t read this either but would love to!! Thank you for the giveaway!
Lauryn Esposito says
I’ve wanted to read this for a while but haven’t had the opportunity! so many people have recommended it!
I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book… Can’t wait to read it 😀
Haven’t read this yet, but it’s on my TBR list 🙂 I love that cover up there on the left!
Maria Malaveci says
I haven’t had the chance to read it. Amazing review again Aestas! Thanks for the chance!
I’d love a chance to win this! Always looking for a new read!
Shelly Ford says
This looks really interesting! Would love to win a copy. It’s on mt tbr list.
Kristina Massaro says
I have not read this, but now because of your review, yet another book has moved up my reading list lol.
Becky Van Dusen says
I haven’t read but definitely on my TBR!
Leanne Coulson says
I’ll definitely check this one out, I hadn’t heard of it. Great review!
Would love to read this book.
I have not read this but I am dying to now!! Your reviews do that to me… 🙂
Ena B. says
I have seen this book around for so long but I have not had a chance to get a copy of read it..I have heard its wonderful though.
Love your review. This book is definitely on my TBR list. Thank you for your wonderful giveaways.
I heard of it but haven’t really got a chance to read this one!
ashley dw says
Ohmygoodness! I just love this book. It hooked me from the very beginning and i couldnt put it down.
I’d love to read this. I’ve heard it’s great.
I adored this book so much! id love a hardcopy
Yeah, another giveaway! LOL
I want to read it so bad, I now that Lauren is a day care teacher, I am apspiring to be a kindergarten teacher and am sure I can relate to her, plus I’m still waiting for a sweep you off your feet kind of romance!
This book sounds great! Can’t wait to read it.
Stephanie Brown says
I’ve added this to my TBR! 🙂 Hope I win!
Ashley Rogers says
this sounds like a pretty amazing book!
Dasha Belskaya says
I loved this book, read it twice! I would absolutely love to have this book in hard copy. Thanks Aeastas for all your giveaways!
Lisa Figliolino says
This is on my to read list. Would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway!
michele logue says
I heard so many good things about this book and I would love to read it…… <3
I haven’t read it yet, either.
Debbie Lemon says
I haven’t read yet.But want too.
Sue R says
Added to my reading list. Just started reading Conviction by Nichole Edwards.
Mindi King says
Def sounds like one that would touch my heart! That is the best king of book! Another one to add to my TBR list! Love that I found your blog!
Tracy Kuznik says
Can’t wait to read this book!! I’ve read so many great reviews for this book!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!!! 🙂
Danielle Ellman says
This sounds like a must read. Pick me please!! 🙂
Tara Glory says
Hope I win…hope I win…thanks for offering this giveaway!
I’ve heard about this book and already have it on my TBR. Your review just cemented that 🙂
Would love to read this book! Great giveaway!
One of the best books ever 😀
Love your review 🙂 Definitely moving this book to the top of the pile of my TBR list!
Awesome giveaway!! Can’t wait to read it!!
pepper penn says
seriously, authors should pay you big $$$ to write reviews for them. i swear to god every book you review i HAVE to read instantly! i am pretty sure i have gushed about this before on a comment. anyway, i would die to read this book – strictly because of your review. thanks for being the best at what you do!
Susana Uribe says
This book is my to-read books, your review was great!
I loved this book so much. I loved that it was more about friendship than romance.
Sarah Underwood says
Haven’t read this book yet, its on my TBR list – Your review is awesome, can’t wait to read 🙂
Zita R says
Haven’t read it but wouldn’t mind doing so!
Finally got the blog figured out. Would love to read this book.
This is def a book I need to read!
Thanks for your awesome giveaways, I can’t wait to read this book!
Great review! I may have to bump this book up on my “to read” list.
Jessie Llewellyn says
Would love to win this copy. It’s been on my TBRs because of your review.
I would love to read this book! I’ve heard many wonderful things about it!
Nataly Zamorano says
Looks like a great book!!! Thanks for your giveaways.
Erin Hill says
I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while! Thanks for the chance to win!!! 🙂
Brittany V says
On my TBR list! Sounds great!!
Karen D. says
I borrowed this from a friend and would love to have my own copy! Loved it! Great book!
Shai Villanueva says
I’ve already read this! It’s an awesome,gut-wrenching book 🙂
Dominique Lee says
Great book…would love to win it!
i cant wait to read this. Thanks for all your amazing reviews.
Forgotten Books says
I love the line that used here and the line was “I always knew I would fall in love with you,” he said softly, “But you were never supposed to love me back,” what a line. Great book.
This book is now added to MY list of Favorites! It is absolutely amazing! Priscilla Glenn is a gifted story teller and I am in awe! The way she weaves the past with the present, and changes POV’s with such fluidity is brilliant. She has an amazing future ahead of her as an author, and I am excited to read what her mind creates.