“His heart was racing, and he wanted her to hear it. And he wanted her to know that from here on out, it beat solely for her.”
A slow-building, sweet, beautiful love story with a deeper message set against the backdrop of a road trip.
Given how much I absolutely adored Back To You, I knew that Priscilla Glenn was capable of strong, fluid writing that would draw me into the story. And by the end of the first page I was just smiling to myself because I could already feel this was another winner.
The flow of this one was very different than a lot of books I’d been reading recently. It was slow building, but totally drew me into the story. It was actually almost relaxing and yet totally engaging.
Andie’s life was straight-laced, perfectly planned and under control. She had a perfect, predictable boyfriend, a career and a life path. But from the moment Andie met Chase, he threw her life out of whack. He was impulsive, spontaneous and lived life in the moment – the complete opposite of her. And despite his charm, everything about him just got under her skin. So, when an impromptu road trip forces them to spend 2 days together, everything changes.
“It was harmless, his playful taunting. He had no intention of making a move on Andie, but still, in the back of his mind, he knew he shouldn’t be needing her. Yet as he slid into the passenger seat next to her, he also knew it was going to difficult to stop.”
“This would be impossible, he realized, trying to keep this drive amiable. She got fired up too easily, and, if he were being honest, he enjoyed the reaction too much. It was a bad combination.”
Their banter was just hilarious. It wasn’t even banter really at first because they genuinely just annoyed the hell out of each other. Chase just couldn’t resist teasing her and nearly everything he said made Andie’s defenses go up — much to his initial glee.
“Are you going to put your shirt back on?” She blurted out.
Chase froze, looking over his shoulder at her with the most maddening smile. “Why? Is this bothering you?”
“I just… I mean, what if we get pulled over or something?”
“If we get pulled over, this could only work in your favor,” he said, running his hand over his chest.
Andie tried to stifle a laugh. “My God, your insufferable.”
But the more they got to know each other, the more they got to what was under the surface, and the more open they got with each other. Walls came down and hearts opened up.
This book perfectly captured that special road trip feeling. I loved their conversations – it was true “car talk”. About anything, everything, random musings, little anecdotes and stories… and all the while they slowly fell into a better place with each other and, even though they didn’t realize it at the time, they fell in love.
I have so many pages of their dialogue highlighted. Their conversations were like little mini stories within the larger one of the book as a whole and I totally relaxed into the read with a smile on my face.
And the more I read, I found myself dreading the end of the road trip. I loved the little world they’d created. There’s something magical about road trips, you know? Just being away from everything else, away from relationship, commitments, responsabilities… it’s like an in-between sort of place full of potential. And, if you let it, the experience can be just so liberating.
But, like all good things, the road trip does eventually come to an end and Andie and Chase have to decide what to do with this feeling, this connection that has grown between them.
Now, although technically Andie has a boyfriend for part of the book, I still wouldn’t really specifically call this a love triangle book. First, there is no cheating, and second, there was never even a shadow of a doubt who the ‘right’ guy was. And it was just a question of the characters getting to a point where they realized that in order to be truly happy in life, they had to follow their hearts.
“He took a step forward, composing himself, his voice softer but his eyes significantly more intense. “Why do you hide? Why can’t you just be brave and do what you want instead of what you think you’re supposed to do?”
…”Chase, I can’t live the way you do.”
…”Have you ever even tried?” he asked softly.“
I have to say that I really went through Andie’s journey with her and that moment when she finally became ‘free’, I swear I felt it like a rush and could not stop grinning.
For those of you looking for a break from the more angsty, darker books and just want a sweet, quiet book that you can relax into, you should definitely consider this one. And please don’t think that just because it was ‘quieter’ that it was boring. Far from it! I loved Chase and Andie’s story. I cared about it and felt for it. And the overall feeling I got from reading this book was one of going away on vacation – you’re relaxed, surrounded by the things you love, enjoying your time, and yet, at peace.
This book has many wonderful messages – to not judge someone before knowing their whole story, finding the strength to believe in yourself and your dreams, and most importantly to live life to fullest and to always follow your heart.
This is a stand alone with a happy, resolved ending 🙂
I loved Back To You and I loved this book. I can’t wait for more from Priscilla Glenn!
WHERE TO BUY
Emancipating Andie (Kindle)
Emancipating Andie (Paperback)
OTHER WORK BY PRISCILLA GLENN
Back To You (Kindle)
Back To You (Paperback
Back To You is 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 🙂
Chase reclined in his seat. “You know something, Andie? If we could find some coal for you to sit on, we could both retire early.”
She whipped her head toward him, her eyes wide; the corner of his mouth was lifted in a self-satisfied smile as he looked down, opening a small bottle of Pepsi.
She heard him laugh to himself just before he brought the bottle to his mouth, and in that moment, something came over her.
Andie brought her foot down hard on the gas pedal, and as soon as the car accelerated, she slammed on the brake. She saw Chase fly forward and then back as soda gushed over his chin and down the front of his shirt.
He brought the back of his hand to his mouth, immediately looking out the window for whatever caused Andie to hit the brakesso suddenly.
“What the hell was that?” he asked frantically.
Andie shrugged. “Payback.”
After a few seconds of silence, she turned to look at him. He was staring at her with such complete shock thatshe had to bite her lip not to burst out laughing.Just before she turned her eyes back to the road, she saw him shake his head.
“I seriously can’t decide if I’m more angry or impressed right now,” he said, and she smiled triumphantly as Chase reached behind his head and grabbed his shirt, pulling it off in one swift movement.
He used the shirt to wipe off his face and chest before balling it up and tossing it into the backseat, and out of the corner of her eye Andie could see him reach for his drink again. He uncapped it and took a long sip before slowly screwing the top back on.
She took her eyes off the road for a second to look over at him. The interior light was still on, and she could see him clearly: the way his arm muscle flexed with the simple
act of putting the cap back on, the strong definition of his chest. And his stomach. Where Colin’s was flat and smooth, Chase’s was cut, every sinewy muscle visible under the taut
“What?” she heard him say, and she quickly lifted her eyes to his face. He laughed as he leaned over to put his drink back in the bag at his feet. “If there’s soda on your seats, it’s your own fault.”
“Are you gonna put your shirt back on?” she blurted out.
Chase froze, looking over his shoulder at her with the most maddening smile.
“Why? Is this bothering you?”
“I just…” Andie sputtered, floundering through her response. “I mean, what if we get pulled over or something?”
“If we get pulled over, this could only work in your favor,” he said, running his hands over his chest.
Andie tried to stifle a laugh. “My God, you’re insufferable.
♥ PLAYLIST & NOTE FROM PRISCILLA GLENN ♥
These are not in any particular order – they’re just songs I listened to religiously while writing. Some of these songs got more play time than others, particularly the two Counting Crows songs. Colorblind is really significant because….well, you’ll see 😉 And as for Anna Begins, I swear, if you change the name “Anna” to “Andie” it fits so perfectly. But they all inspired the story in some way and/or got me in the frame of mind to write certain parts of the novel. So, I hope you enjoy listening to them, and I can’t wait for you all to finally read Emancipating Andie! xo
Shiver by Maroon 5
It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
Use Somebody by Kings of Leon
So Good by B.o.B
Northern Lights by Cider Sky
Ho Hey by The Lumineers
You and Me by Lifehouse
Colorblind by Counting Crows
Anna Begins by Counting Crows
Follow Through by Gavin DeGraw
Stolen by Dashboard Confessional
Trouble by Ray LaMontagne
amanda davis says
Awesome!!! I love learning about new books!!!
Cannot wait for this book. <3
Tracy Clugh says
Am anxious to read this, sounds like a fun, easy to read, story. Keep us informed please.
Oh, I love the teaser! I can’t wait to meet Chase,
Every teaser gets me more excited. I want this book like yesterday! 🙂
Tonya Gauthier-Kellum says
OH I CANT WAIT TO READ THIS – this sounds soooooo good – great post – thank you.
Laura Harris says
This books sounds fabulous!! Thanks for the playlist (i love having music to go with what I am reading) and for the giveaway!! 🙂
Yay! u r super fab! you got the best best book recommendations ever! awesome giveaway!
Dee McGee says
This one looks intriguing. I love stand alone, HEA books. I’ll definitely one-click this one. Thanks again, Aestas!
Tess H says
Oh I can’t wait to read your full review of Emancipating Andie! I really loved Back to You and this is one of the books I’m really looking forward to read this year! 🙂
Lisa Farhana says
aaaaah, the teaser!
Mary Haskins Dicks says
I won thank you you are fabulous!
Brenda Tetreault says
Oh….this sounds so gooooood!!! Can’t wait to read it!
pam proper meikle says
yes i read back to me it was the first i read and wow was all i can say it was great and will deff add this one to my read and thanks so much for all ur hard work.
Thx for the awesome opportunity/chance to win these books! U guys rock
Lisa Sanders says
This is a new author for me so I was unsure about checking it out. Sounds like a fun read and I like that it’s a stand alone. Thanks for the review.
gloria lancia says
awesome giveaway! thank you! have not read these books yet! but on my list!