October 01, 2014

Review ~ You Turn (Second Chances #3) by Marion Croslydon (ARC)

*Official release date: October 6th, 2014*


*** You Turn is a contemporary adult romance and part of the Second Chances series. However, Lenor and Zach’s story can be read as a stand-alone novel. There is no cliffhanger. ***

"I was the little girl who loved you from afar. I was the woman who gave herself away for you and ended up losing a lot of who she was."
"Then allow me to give back some of what I stole."

After being dumped by her fiancé, Eleanor Carrington flees to Paris to help her self-medicated mother. While keeping her mom from popping pills like gummy bears, Eleanor launches a new, no-strings-attached life plan with absolutely NO falling in love whatsoever. On her part at least, because her self-esteem could do with one or two Frenchmen going un peu crazy for her.

What she doesn’t need is for her first Grand Amour, Zachary Murdoch, to burst back into her life. Whatever shit-show she’s just been through was a stroll. What Zach put her though was a climb up Mount Everest. Barefoot. In a bikini.

Now a club-owner in Paris, Zach is intrigued by the troubled woman who was once the sweet girl he had to give up. Offering a shoulder for her to cry on is what he owes her. Loving her is what he lost the right to. Because there’s a reason he broke up with Lenor and that reason is why she’s in Paris.

But Paris is known as the City of Love…

Will he be her turn at love?

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You Turn is one of those books where you know the main characters are going to end up together but instead of being predictable and boring it makes it worth your while. It is a light read (for me at least) for the most part, but the author sure knows when to throw a heartbreaking twist that leaves a reader coated in disbelief (I know I was). This book is a light read for me because despite the—shall we say—gloomy start of the book and the main characters’ predicament, the romantic sparks in the air made it lighter.

This book is told in both the main characters’—Zach’s and Eleanor’s—POVs, and it shows both the past and the present. Including their past in Zach’s POV is a nice touch in the story because the readers get to know the other side of what happened five years ago. The plot fits perfectly against each other. I like the way the chapters—the intervals of the past and present—are arranged.

The characters are easy to like. The impression I got from Eleanor Carrington is she’s not capable of holding onto anger for long. Yes, she was still hurting from the sudden break up with her ex-fiancĂ©e, but I didn’t get the feeling that she’s angry. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

Zachary Murdoch (the present Zach) is laid back and cool. I felt his devotion to Eleanor right from the start. However, the man he became remains a mystery to me. I get it that he was waiting for Eleanor to step back into his life, but I don’t think I had enough emotions from the present him to really figure him out. I just know that he loves her. I am also not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

I want to say so much more, but I do not want to spoil anything. If I haven’t mentioned it, I really liked this book. Both sweet and heartbreaking, You Turn struck me as a story of not just first love and second chances, but also of heartaches, painful truths, dire mistakes and forgiveness.

~ Zee


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