Start Again by J. Saman

Kate Taylor had the perfect life. That is until an accident took everything she had away. For two years she has been living moment to moment and day to day. She’s lost and can’t seem to find her way back. Finally, in a last ditch effort, she decides to leave town in search of a fresh start. In walks Ryan Grant. The perfect man with dark hair and sexy green eyes. Doesn’t hurt that they have smoldering chemistry either. Too bad Kate’s heart and mind are trapped in the past.

Ryan Grant is stuck in limbo, floating through life with work as his only focus. Probably because he’s been betrayed a time or two by the people he thought he could trust. Needing a change, he plans on moving his company west to Seattle. There is just one big problem. He doesn’t fly. So when a girl from his past offers to drive him across the country, how could he say no? Katie is his dream girl after all. Always has been.

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

*Possible Spoilers*

It had been quite sometime since I read a heterosexual romance book with this much love and intensity. I started this book two nights ago, and practically flew through it! It was just one of those well-written books, with a good plot and some unforgettable characters.

Let’s talk about the cover. How beautiful is it? That one single photograph, the cover of this books sums up how you’re going to end up feeling: warm and happy and gooey and you won’t want to stop smiling.

The prologue itself shakes you up. You read it, you cry and bawl your eyes out and then you move to the next page, to find out what happens. It is moving, morose and heart-breaking.

Then you fly through the book. It is evenly paced, with the plot-line quickly revealing itself. We meet Kate first: a strong, quick-witted, independent woman to whom, unforeseen tragedies happen. She is beautiful, fun-loving and shows others two fingers when they become too opinionated about her. After Kate comes Ryan.

And where do I start with Ryan?!

This gigantic, perfectly flawed person is who everyone looks for in their life. He is funny. He is happy and loves to see Kate smile. He finds beauty in the most unflattering times. He annoying yet adorable. His green eyes are masked behind his glasses, and somehow, it makes him more approachable and real. He is , honestly, one of the best (adult) male characters I’ve read in a long time.

I loved the fact that it wasn’t an insta-love. I took them some time and started out as friends, which they were. Their friendship itself was so heart-warming that it made the story feel real.


Rating: 4.5/5

Recommendation: If you love a good story with friendship, love, hurt, loss and angst, this is most definitely for you!


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