Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Book Review: You'll Think of Me by Lucia Franco



You'll Think of Me
Author: Lucia Franco
Release Date: 26 August 2014

Luke Jackson.

With his thick southern drawl and seductive charm, Luke is the country boy everyone adores. He has his future mapped out, but his plans with Olivia are suddenly derailed when she makes a decision that blindsides him, changing the path they both envisioned.

As Luke struggles to keep everything in check during a difficult time in his life, he must put his trust in the one person who broke it to begin with. The last time they saw each other, Olivia busted his heart wide open, turning him into the man he is today.

When Olivia returns to her roots, just like Luke said she would, he is shocked for more reasons than one. Nine years have passed since they've seen each other, and when their roads collide unexpectedly, Luke can only push his worry and misgivings away for so long.

Things are different now—they are strangers—and the rope that once bound Olivia's heart to South Fork, Georgia is pulling her back in, forcing her to remember how it used to be all those years ago.



Review



Olivia and Luke were hopelessly in love, but Olivia's ambition to become a doctor draws her away from Georgia and to New York. Luke's life is in the South and he's furious and hurt when he learns of Olivia's plans to attend medical school in New York. Soon they're unhappily parting ways, and living their own separate lives.
Years later and Olivia has never found anyone who made her feel like Luke did. But she's a successful neurologist, and is finally moving back to the South to live in Georgia. When Luke reappears in her life, she struggles to keep him at a distance but the fire that was between them burns just as fiercely as it did before.

Olivia has fulfilled her career ambitions but it came at a cost- Luke. Now she has her independence but she doesn't let anyone come close enough to get under the walls she's erected around her heart. Until Nate, that is. Olivia rather desperately clings to that independence and whilst I appreciated that she didn't want to go through the pain of heartbreak again, she is also keeping herself from a happier future which was a tocuh frustrating.

Luke was kind of a mixed bag for me. He has the whole hot Southern country boy thing going, which I love. Throw in the fact that he's a smooth talking country singer, and I'm in swoonsville. Unfortunately the Luke of the past, in the flashbacks, really irritated me. I know he was hurt and felt that Olivia thought he wasn't enough for her because she wanted to go to New York, but it drove me nuts that he was so incredibly unsupportive of her dreams. I did like that he was so determined to win Olivia back when their lives intertwine again, and that she's always been the one for him.

The way this is written means that the POV switches between Luke and Olivia, and the past and present, quite frequently which is a little disconcerting. I think it would have worked better if Luke and Olivia's POV switches had been more distinct, for instance if they were separate chapters.

Overall, this is a very intense, sweet and steamy story about having a second chance with the one that got away. I'm very impressed with Lucia Franco's debut novel, and I'm most definitely interested to see what will come from her next. Maybe we'll get to read Nate's story, which would be rather fabulous!

*I received a review copy from the author, for my honest opinion. Thank you!


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