If there’s one thing worse than being fired from the grottiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else.
Reeling from the indignity of a double dumping on the same day, Georgina snatches at the next job that she’s offered – barmaid in a newly opened pub, which just so happens to run by the boy she fell in love with at school: Lucas McCarthy. And whereas Georgina (voted Most Likely to Succeed in her school yearbook) has done nothing but dead-end jobs in the last twelve years, Lucas has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual grown-up with a business and a dog along the way.
Meeting Lucas again not only throws Georgina’s rackety present into sharp relief, but also brings a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows the truth about what happened on the last day of school, and why she’s allowed it to chase her all these years…
This book had all the makings of my favorite. The protagonist finds herself hitting rock bottom when we start off. And it’s a beautiful tale of her getting back up on her feet. It also happens to be a second chance romance, a trope I always like when executed well.
The story had me engaged right from the start. I liked Georgina right away too. And she grew to be a character I could relate to on a very deep level. And that rarely happens to me with fictional characters. Georgina also makes for a great strong female character.
A lot of times, I just find authors to have tried too hard with the heroines. Like overdoing it when trying to make them a badass – make them come off as too brash or rude instead? Or making them too much of a pushover at the start to make it easier for readers to root for them. You know what I mean? And I really appreciated how Georgina even in the lowest of her lows, never went all mopey or fell into darkness. She was very much on touch with her life. Georgina is far from perfect. And that makes her character even more relatable.
This story had a solid set of side characters. Georgina’s friends made for an amazing support group. Her family also added an interesting facet to the story. Lucas is a solid guy and makes for a great hero. I really liked the whole equation between Lucas and Georgina, and Georgina’s inner angst about whether Lucas actually can’t remember her or just is acting like it. That was cute! Devlin is another character that was just the coolest!
One thing the author tends to do is go into a lot of details, some of which probably not necessary, but does give us insights into the characters and their history. I might have been bored by all those details had I not found the characters interesting and been invested in their stories. This was my first read by the author, and will not be the last!
There was a part at the very end which I found to be too cheesy to digest. I also wasn’t happy about a certain time gap which I thought was too big. But other than that, I really enjoyed this story a lot.
It’s a heartwarming tale. And relatable. I’m glad I stumbled upon it when I did.