This Time Around
Author: Tawna Fenske
Publisher: Montlake Romance
5 Heartwarming ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!
Allie Ross is not living the life she once dreamed. Her law career ended before it ever started, her parents landed in jail for running a Ponzi scheme, and she just inherited her grandmother’s B&B—which is nice, even if it is full of extra-toed cats. As for her love life…she’d rather not talk about it.
When Jack Carpenter reaches out to reconnect with Allie, the girl who broke his heart in college, his plan is to impress her with the adult he’s become. Sure, he was a deadbeat then, but life has forced him to grow up. And it’s a relief to find out that things didn’t necessarily go the way Allie expected either.
As Allie and Jack get reacquainted, they rediscover the things they loved—and hated—about each other. But who they are now isn’t who they were then, and secrets—old and new—will test whether they have a future together, or if the past is destined to repeat itself.
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About The Author:
Tawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city's tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she'll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, standup paddle, or sip wine on her back deck.
Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy; steamy, heartwarming series books for Entangled Publishing; and tender, funny romances for Montlake Publishing. Tawna's quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, "Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness."
Here Is My Review Of This Time Around:
For a lot of years Allie Ross lived a privileged life, could afford things most couldn't, and had certain expectations for how things in her life should be...but sometimes things don't go as planned. After her parents try pulling off an elaborate ponzi scheme and wind up getting busted, the family fortune takes a hit, and soon after Allie finds herself living a meager life. She is certain that if her ex-fiance could see her now he'd get a kick out of her misfortune, being that she dumped him for not being able to provide her with he lavish lifestyle she was accustom to and wanted to maintain. So, when he contacts her out of the blue wanting to have dinner and catch-up, panic sets in, she is single, broke, and living a life she never planned on, she can't let him see her this way. So, she devises a little plan, one that involves a fake fiance, fancy meal, and a fib here and there... now she just has to hope everything goes off without a hitch!
Jack Carpenter has always been curious how life turned out for his ex-fiance Allie, she always had big dreams, with a big price tag, and Jack never really fit into her life plan. He is certain if she could see him now, she'd be kicking herself for letting him go, he's rich, successful, and so far from the man she knew 16 years ago. So, when he decides to make the trip home for a college reunion, he decides to look her up, and finally see if she is living the lavish life she always planned on, and also maybe rub her nose in his success a little too. But once he is on her doorstep, and witnesses the woman she has become, his plan for a little plan for revenge gets pushed to back burner, because the Allie he sees now completely takes his breath away...
Nothing warms your heart quite like witnessing two wounded souls find their way back to one another, and rekindle a romance they thought was lost, and I have to say "This Time Around" was a shining example of just that. Allie and Jack thought they had it all, but soon after getting engaged they figured out that they wanted different things out of life, so they chose to go their separate ways. Now we find them years later, not exactly living the lives they had planned on, and so when an opportunity to reunite comes about it has them acting out of character just to try to impress one another. But after a few minutes together, they begin to realize that they are not fooling one another, they see right through the lies, and realize the spark that once lingered between them is still there. Now these two must decide if the issues that they had in the past will define their new relationship, or if they will learn from past mistakes and choose a new path towards their second chance at love? This was my first read from Ms. Fenske and I have to say between her touching and humorous story line and quirky & lovable characters(Paige was definitely my favorite!) she totally won me over. I love a good second chance romance story, and I have to say this one definitely hit the mark, it had me smiling the whole way through!! Highly recommend it!!!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.