Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Review: When I Was Yours, by Samantha Towle

“Marry me.” 
“What?” I stared back at him, unblinking. 
He moved closer, taking my face in his hands. “I love you, Evie. I look into the future, and the only thing I see clearly is you. Marry me.” 

What’s an eighteen-year-old girl who was madly in love with her nineteen-year-old boyfriend say? 

Of course, I said yes. 

Twenty-four hours later, I married Adam Gunner at a Vegas chapel to the sounds of “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Not the best omen. I get that now. 

Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why. 

I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years. 

Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers. 

Answers I can’t give.

4.25 out of 5 stars

When I Was Yours has literally been at the top of my TBR list since it released in November.  Sadly it's taken me almost 4 months to dive in and now that I've finished I'm chastising myself for not making the time for it sooner!

This second-chance romance was sweet and heartfelt with the perfect amount of angst mixed into the story line.  Evie's the mysterious beautiful girl who like clockwork comes to draw on a rock in front of Adam's Malibu beach house.  Adam is the hot, womanizer bachelor and heir to a Hollywood fortune.  They meet one summer and the next year is the most magical one of their lives.  But they are young and life isn't ever fair.  Unforeseen circumstances force Evie into making the hardest decision of her life.  She may be the one who left Adam but in her heart shes always been his wife.  It's ten years later before Adam accidentally runs into Evie again.  Adam's got questions but will Evie tell him the truth and better yet will Adam risk opening his heart back up to her love?

Author Samantha Towle alternates between the past and present as she unfolds Adam and Evie's story. In addition she also alternates between both Adam and Evie's perspective showcasing pivotal moments in their relationship and how each defined the person they've become.  I think this narrative style is what aided in making this story interesting.  In allowing us to see how each one felt in the past and even more so how they are processing things emotionally in the present gave the story an added depth.  It allowed me to sympathize and love both characters equally because I understood from the core what was driving their actions. 

A special shout out to secondary character Max for providing comedic relief and being the voice of reason!  

I think for the most part readers will definitely be able to figure out Evie's big "secret."  Even so I still enjoyed the overall story.  It was a packed full of tender-hearted moments as well as plenty of steamy ones.  For me When I Was Yours was a very enjoyable read and one I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good second chance romance.  

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