Author: Ophelia London
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Published: October 20th 2014
Format: eARC | Pages: 344
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
★★★★ (4/5) Stars!
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!
Being a fan of Jane Austen I've been drawn to this series at each release. I enjoyed her take on Pride and Prejudice with the first book in this series Definitely Maybe in Love and so with Persuasion being one of my all time favorite Jane Austen novels Someday Maybe was a no-brainer for me. I'm a sucker for a good second chance romance story. If you line up all the different types of romance tropes out there and asked me to pick one each and every time I will grab for the ones where people get that second chance at love. Rachel and Oliver's story was like a beautiful form of torture. The "will they or won't they" drove me crazy in all the best ways.
The whole first chapter is their first meeting at the start of freshman year in college. It was so sweet and beautiful I wanted to read the entire chapter over and over. I mean boy meets girl in a crowded cafeteria and they sit there for hours talking and laughing and getting to know each other and before they know it the janitors are shutting off the lights and mopping the floors and they realize it's just them and...and...sigh. My heart is fluttering just remembering the whole scene. I was won over by the first chapter alone. It was the type of meeting that you would daydream about having.
The next chapter takes place six years later and for a while it goes back and forth like that. We'll read a chapter with future Rachel and then the next will slip back to the past where they're dating and for the most part happy. When we're in the present obviously we know that there is no Rachel and Oliver anymore. Then every time it goes back to the past we see the slow destruction of their relationship and it was heartbreaking and frustrating because it was completely avoidable. It made me not such a big fan of college years Rachel.
My heart had been so completely captivated with their first meeting that for a while there, probably up to about the halfway mark, the book got really rough for me. All the characters were frustrating me. All of them! Well except maybe Oliver's sister Sarah, she was very nearly my favorite. But I started to feel like a whiny kid wanting to stomp my feet and yell "They aren't doing what I want them to do!" Like I said it was a very sweet kind of torture. I loved Ophelia London's modern take of one of my favorite classics. Oh! Anddd...I loved that both Spring and Henry from Definitely Maybe in Love made quite funny appearances a couple times in this book. They don't run in the same circles of friends but the way they pop up in this story had me giggling. A lot. I hope that this series continues on with more spins on Jane Austen novels I'd love to see what she does with some of the others! If they'd be anything like this one was we'd be in for a real treat!
Thank you Entangled for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!