"When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgement she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.
Or that it would end so painfully.
Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.
As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?"
Priscilla Glenn has made a promising debut with this little romance novel. A more precise rating of this novel would be three and a half stars.
What I loved about this book is the adjacent story telling between the relationship in the past and the present. Whilst your heart was breaking in one chapter is was being healed in the next. It was interesting to see the characterization develop between them being teenagers and adults, though I definitely preferred Lauren in her teenage self to her adult self.
Some of my favourite parts of the book was that it focused on the friendship between the pair, you really felt their relationship grow strength, I feel like in a lot of romance novels being released recently the romance starts out as lust and you loose the importance of the friendship. The question of what happened to break them apart kept fuelling me to keep turning the page and not put it down, though I was a little disappointed to find out the reason why they didn't work out in the past, I was expecting something a little more dramatic or tragic.
By no means is it the most original love story but it was really sweet and I enjoyed my time reading this little golden nugget.