Monday, May 12, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Once Again

Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her boyfriend and Milton, their big eyed goldfish. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty which is why she writes New Adult and Young Adult books, reliving the best and worst years of her life through her characters. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. On November 11th 2011 at 11:11 she made a wish. Two hours later she was laid off. Jobless for the first time since she was sixteen she was determined to make her wish come true. Writing became her life again and after many nights of ignoring her boyfriend to spend time with her characters, she finally received the call that all her hard work, finger crossing and eye crossing paid off. She was getting published. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera or can be found in the blogosphere or on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. She is repped by the amazing Brittany Booker of The Booker Albert Literary Agency.

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(Once) Again
AGAIN Book #2


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Josh will have to reconcile his past…

In order to make Kat his future.

After surviving a real-life nightmare, Josh Wagner is sent home from his dream college on crutches. Bedridden and tormented by flashbacks, he’s just seen his world shattered and his baseball scholarship go up in smoke. Josh’s family hires a health aide to help take care of him, but when he opens the door, the last person he expects to see is his biggest regret…

Katherine Singleton is the only girl Josh has ever loved. Now, even though she’s only taking care of him because it’s her job, Josh is determined to win her back. But Kat had to move on after their breakup two years ago, and despite her feelings for Josh, a lot has happened since he left…

When Kat’s past comes back to haunt her, Josh decides it’s his turn to take care of her. But protecting her—and redeeming himself—will put Josh in the line of fire again. Will he survive this time?

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

I first discovered this authors work when I read Never Again last year and was immensely surprised by how much emotion Ms Paolo generated in me. This book returns to characters previously discovered but switches the story to Josh who had been a supporting character. In this book we learn how he's coping after suffering through a heinous event that has left him traumatised and needing support.

Josh met Kat two years ago but failed to convince her just how much she really meant to him. Now he's facing the aftermath of the terrible events that took place at his college, a massacre that left his friends dead and him wounded. Josh is understandably traumatised by it but is struggling with his physical recovery but when he meets the woman who is assigned to help him it's Kat the only girl that he's ever loved!

This is a story that will resonate with many readers and although it's a romance aimed at young adults will appeal to those of all ages. Josh is a young man who is facing the very real prospect of never realising his dreams of being a baseball star but he is written as a guy full of humour and I thought the author captured a young mans viewpoint beautifully .I had genuine laugh out loud moments as he's so entertaining and I just wanted him to have his happy ending and get the girl!

Kat is the heroine of this book and she's a young woman who sacrifices much to do what she feels is the right thing and I liked her so much. She's had to be strong and unbeknownst to Josh has suffered truly harrowing events in her life. Unfortunately her problems may not be over and she will need all her strength to face what's coming. She is quite hard on a Josh at times but he needs that as he needs for those around him to make him see that he's still normal in spite of his recent injury. As for his injury there's a moment in this story when I am unashamed to admit I had tears in my eyes as Josh recounts what happened .

I would imagine most readers who pick this up will be expecting a second chance romance and yes it is that but so much more besides. It's an emotional story that's very well written about believable characters. I started reading this and admit I kept going as I just had to finish it. This story and indeed this series is most definitely recommended .

(Once) Again

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