Author: Priscilla Glenn
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: October 20, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Romance
Page Count: 328
When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.
Or that it would end so painfully.
Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.
As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?
I read this book in September 2013!! Way before I started blogging and I was till very new to the Indie book world. I adore second chance romances and this is still one of my favorite books.
“And she couldn’t help but smile at the irony of the fact that the baddest boy in school could somehow always make her feel like the world was good.”
One of favorite bloggers (Megan from Reading Books Like a Boss) happened to post a blurb about this book and I was instantly intrigued. I downloaded right away and I fell in love within the first few pages.
Lauren Monroe and Michael “Del” Delany meet in high school. Lauren is sweet, quiet, and a good student. Michael suffered two great losses in his young life and he harbored such guilt because of it. His mother continued to add to his guilt and stopped showing him any love or support. Michael is seen as the bad boy with a bad temper. Everyone in school is either scared of him or they believe all the nasty rumors about him, everyone but Lauren.
“Because something about him, something in his eyes, divulged the secret; there was a whole world in there somewhere, thriving just below the surface where no one could see it.”
Lauren sees a different side of him, one that is vulnerable and hurting. The two quickly form an unlikely friendship. Everyone in school, including some teachers, found their friendship so strange. Yet, no matter how many times people questioned her friendship with him; she never listened to it and remained unconditionally loyal and supportive of him. She called him out when he did wrong but also stood up for him when need be and Michael was also sweet and protective of her.
“You know, you keep your head down and your words soft, but shit, there’s some fire in there too, huh?…”I like thy, he said. “In fact, I think I’m gonna bring that out of you more often. And you can help me keep my head.”
After Del graduates he decides to move to New York in order to leave behind his painful past, but that also means leaving behind Lauren. After they share one night that changes their friendship, Lauren doesn’t hear from Del until 8 years later. Lauren, who is working on her master is child psychology, starts working at a daycare and one day in comes Michael. Michael is now single father to named Erin, who ends up being in Lauren’s class. Seeing him again brings back all the anger, hurt, and confusion that she first felt when he first left. For Michael it brings back the sadness and loss he felt when he let Lauren go.
Lauren wants to keep their relationship professional but soon realizes how much she misses the friendship that they used to share and Michael truly wants to win back friendship and trust. Ultimately this book is about forgiveness and second chances. I loved how honest and real their journey back to each other was.
“I was supposed to look out for you, to keep you away from idiots like me. You were never supposed to love me. I wasn’t prepared for it. I always knew I could fall in love with you”, he said softly, “but you were never supposed to love me back.”
This story was just simply beautiful. I laugh, I cried, and I felt like I knew the characters personally. The characters were so real and well rounded.Lauren is one of the sweetest and most forgiving people and little Erin was a sweetheart. Michael was broken, yet he wasn’t bitter and was still a very loving person. He knew the mistakes he made and wanted the chance to redeem himself. This is the first book from Priscilla Glenn that I’ve read and I have fallen in love with her writing style. It just flowed so well and you felt all the emotions of the story. I was so wrapped up in this story and I simply loved it. I’m so happy it was recommended to me.