Review: Love, Again by L. P. Dover

love againTitle: Love, Again

Author: L. P. Dover

Year of publication: Out today! I was kindly given a copy to read and review

The heroine: Movie director Aubrey Reynolds

The hero: Fireman Cole Haywood

The blurb: Aubrey Reynolds is a small-town girl who’s made it big. A successful Hollywood director, Aubrey doesn’t have time to linger on what could have been. But when a routine blood test comes back with a false positive, she decides to take some time off to do the things she’s always wanted to do: taste the famous chocolate chip cookies at the Minnesota State Fair, hike the Grand Teton National Park, scuba dive in the Caribbean. But after Aubrey admits to herself what she’s really missing, she heads back home to Dusty Valley, Oklahoma . . . and the man she left behind.

Cole Haywood is a small-town fireman and that’s just fine with him. Sure, when the love of his life left their hometown to chase her dreams he was heartbroken and—he’ll admit—damn mad. But Cole would have never forgiven himself if he had held Aubrey back from success. So the last thing he expects after all these years is to walk into his favorite bar one night and find the girl he’s always loved—there—looking for him. Maybe now’s the time to make his dreams come true.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: I adored this book. Aubrey grew up in a small town with loving parents and big dreams. By her side was her high school sweetheart, and the plan was to marry and raise a family in Dusty Valley. But then something happens, and Aubrey realises she’ll never be able to follow her dreams of becoming a movie director if she stays, so one month before their wedding she leaves town… and Cole.

Ten years later, Aubrey’s dreams have come true. She’s a famous and successful director with more money than she knows what to do with. Her best friend, Emilia, is a leading lady in Hollywood. But one day, Aubrey receives some devastating news, and her whole work collapses. It makes her look at everything her life has become, and suddenly she has other plans. After travelling around for several weeks, she decides it’s time she went back to Dusty Valley and make peace with Cole.

Aubrey finds herself loving seeing all the people she once knew well, and they mostly welcome her back with open arms. Cole, however, is not quite as quick to embrace her as the rest of the townsfolk, but neither does he push her away. It doesn’t take long for either of them to realise the love they felt for each other never truly faded, and they’re able to work past their anger and hurt to find each other again.

I loved that the reunion wasn’t dragged out for most of the book, and that we actually got to experience Aubrey and Cole as a couple, because it was clear they were soulmates meant to find their way to each other again. A lovely second chance romance that will make you smile.

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