Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Again, Alabama by Susan Sands

Title: Again, Alabama
Series: Alabama
Author: Susan Sands
Read copy: eBook (Kindle)
Published: June 12, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing

Cammie Laroux is back in Alabama—again.

Dragged back to her small town to help her mother recover from surgery while rescuing the family event planning business should be a cinch. Even for a disgraced television chef, right? Wrong.

Among the many secrets Cammie’s family’s been hiding is the fact that their historic home is falling down. Oh, and the man hired to restore the house, Grey Harrison, is the same high school and college love of her life who thrashed her heart and dreams ten years ago. Yeah, that guy.

Grey, a widower with a young daughter, has never stopped loving Cammie, and when they are face to face once again, the chemistry is off the charts. Cammie may be in full-blown denial, but letting go is no longer in Grey’s vocabulary, even when winning Cammie’s forgiveness and renovating their love may seem like an impossible build even for a master architect and carpenter.

As Cammie finds herself forgetting all the reasons she can’t trust Grey or love again, he finds himself remembering all the reasons he wants her to stay with him in Alabama...forever.

My rating:

***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Ten years ago, he broke her heart by cheating on her with her best friend, and then getting married to said "best" friend after fathering a child. She left her home town humiliated.

Now she's back, humiliation following in her wake thanks to a televised and much-publicized accident, to take care of her mother. Unfortunately, her siblings neglected to mention the cheating bastard are also back in town, renovating their family home. What is a girl to do when the man who broke her heart all those years ago just might be the one to put it back together?

This was a cute little story that started off as a 5-star romantic comedy, but unfortunately took the turn toward Dramaville half-way through losing much of its appeal... and pacing. What was once a breezy, funny and funky tale turned into angst and drama thanks to the hero's tween child (did she have to inherit her mother's traits) and all the issues and baggage between the two leads (if they truly loved each other so much back in the day as they professed nothing could keep them apart, lest of all a surprise child and the child's nutsy mother), slowing and bogging the whole thing down.
The extra side plot of the family matriarch embarking on a romance of her own didn't help much, since it brought unwanted and unwarranted breaks in the main plot (yes, the parallels between her story and that of her daughter didn't escape me, I just didn't care).

Overall, a nice story, but with too much "issues" to warrant a higher rating. Loved the beginning, though.


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