Start Again by J. Saman

Summary

Kate Taylor had the perfect life. That is until an accident took everything she had away. For two years she has been living moment to moment and day to day. She’s lost and can’t seem to find her way back. Finally, in a last ditch effort, she decides to leave town in search of a fresh start. In walks Ryan Grant. The perfect man with dark hair and sexy green eyes. Doesn’t hurt that they have smoldering chemistry either. Too bad Kate’s heart and mind are trapped in the past.

Ryan Grant is stuck in limbo, floating through life with work as his only focus. Probably because he’s been betrayed a time or two by the people he thought he could trust. Needing a change, he plans on moving his company west to Seattle. There is just one big problem. He doesn’t fly. So when a girl from his past offers to drive him across the country, how could he say no? Katie is his dream girl after all. Always has been.

Warning: There is strong language and moderate sexual content.

Characters

I liked Kate/Katie. She was very honest with everyone around her and with herself…most of the time. She knew herself well enough to know what her weaknesses were. I really appreciated that Ryan wasn’t perfect. Yet his flaws were deep or overpowering, they simply were. The author did a great job creating believable characters and even jumped back and forth between them in the chapters. The secondary characters were given enough of a personality to be interesting, but still managed to remain in the background.

Plot

Unique idea for a romance. Not the losing one’s family and having to start over part, but the cross country road trip. Made for an interesting read on top of the romantic aspect of the story. The aspect of loss was portrayed well, with Kate being constantly drawn back into the past. There were a few lines that really stuck out as powerful, making for a good plot.

Overall

The writing was easy to follow and had very few editing errors. The flow was easy and each chapter clearly started with whose perspective you were in. I appreciated that very rarely would the POV’s observations would cross over and make me think how the character knew that. It showed a clear ability to delineate each personality and each person. I guess the part that I noticed right off the bat was I wasn’t flipping through pages and just couldn’t wait for the end – it was a steady read that was enjoyable but didn’t really draw me in and invest me in the plot/characters. I enjoyed every minute but I didn’t have to know the ending.

Rating

4 stars

Great romance, liked the plot and characters, and had a satisfactory ending. Overall good romance and if you like the genre I’d recommend this one to you if you like stories about new beginnings.

I received a copy of this in exchange of an honest review.

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