Author: Priscilla Glenn
Publication: October 20, 2012
Age Group: Adult with YA crossover
Genre: Contemporary romance
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 judgment, 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?
Back to You is one of those stories that grabs you by the heartstrings right from the start and doesn't let go until the last page. I couldn't and didn't want to put this book down. It's a beautifully written story about love, forgiveness and finding your way back home again.
I enjoyed the characters of Lauren and Michael even with all of their flaws. They're both dealing with real-life issues that are complex but not so over the top that they aren't relateable. Having the story told from their alternating POV's as well as the flashbacks to High School made it engaging and gave the reader a better understanding of why Lauren and Michael behave they way they do.
It's frustrating to read a story where two characters have a history, something goes horribly wrong but is magically or easily fixed once they're reunited. This book doesn't do that. Lauren and Michael have a lot to sort out both individually and together before they can even think about what the future holds for them which is the way it should be. That's not to say my heart didn't break for them and Erin too. Anytime you throw a child into the mix things get complicated but I LOVED the relationship Michael had with Erin and LOVED that he made the choice he did!
One of the other things I really appreciated was the way the author wrote the love scenes. They're tasteful and beautiful, and will surely get your heart racing without making you cringe in their explicit detail.
If you're looking for a fast-paced, romantic read, then Back to You is the book for you!
About the Author:
Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three beautiful children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years. Glenn has written three books, although Back to You is her first published novel. Her guilty pleasures include great books, good wine, anything chocolate, and Robert Pattinson :)
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