Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Author: Mandy Baggot
Release date: July 25th 2013
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes and Noble 
Add to your library: Goodreads

First Love. First Loss. Last chance?

2005 was the most traumatic year of Emma Barron’s life. It was the year her mother died and the year she met Guy Duval. Eight years on, she’s an English teacher with a doting boyfriend and a young son. Life’s been hard but now it’s comfortable. She’s settled and content…so why would she risk it all for another chance with the man that broke her heart?

Guy’s an international renowned footballer newly signed to a top UK team. But behind the confident facade is a man determined to drown the horrors from his childhood with fame, success and money.

Unable to confide in her best friend, Ally, Emma tries to hold her life together as her heart is pulled apart. Did she turn her back on love too soon? Neither of them know what really happened on 5 September 2005 and as events are slowly revealed can anyone cope with the truth? (via Goodreads)

I received an e-copy of this from Harper Collins UK, Harper Impulse through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was so intrigued by the blurb of this one. What really had happen that day between Guy and Emma? As the story went on, the picture slowly became clearer and clearer. I was sort of expecting something worst but thank goodness, it wasn't like that. Still, it was bad enough. Especially for the both of them.

I'm not really a fan of summer flings or vacation flings or holiday flings. Name it. But I do think that some people can actually fall in love in such situation. As much as I'd like to believe in Guy and Emma's love, I just can't. I don't know why. It didn't seem real to me in some ways. I know Guy was hot. Of course, Emma was attracted and all. But I just don't feel it. And I know I'm part of minority here because a lot of reviewers loved this one. Really, I just didn't feel their connection when they got together during that time at the campsite. Even in the present time. So yes, I was really at the neutral ground for them. 

I'd be honest that I found a lot of things to be cliche here. I'm a fan of cliches, trust me. Especially when there's a big turn of events at the middle. But this just didn't work for me. Maybe because I wasn't able to connect to the characters. Like I've said, I didn't feel their connection.

The mystery behind that day was really a shock for both of them. I was expecting something worst so I wasn't really surprised when it was something like that. Still, it was a great twist for the story.

I think the story wasn't just really for me at this time. I didn't like it. But I didn't dislike it either. So it was just an okay read for me. 

Still, I'd recommend everyone to read Do You Remember. It might be your kind of read for the day.

  About the Author
Cristin Terrill
Mandy Baggot is a romantic fiction author. In 2012 she won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance. Her self-published title, Strings Attached was also short-listed for the Best Author Published Read award.
Also in 2012 she signed with American publishing house, Sapphire Star Publishing, who produced her novels, Taking Charge and romantic suspense, Security.
In June 2013 she signed a two book deal with Harper Collins' digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse.
She is a regular contributor to writing blogs and on-line magazine, Loveahappyending Lifestyle http://www.loveahappyending.com/.
Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, World’s Strongest Man, travel and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.
Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.

She is an advocate for women in business and belongs to the networking group Women on Wednesdays


Ouch, sorry it wasn't enjoyable. Thanks for the honest review though.


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