Review: Going Home Again by Abby Cavenaugh

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Going Home Again


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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: November 27th 2013

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Alyssa Jones’s high school crush probably never knew she existed.

Twenty years later, when the now-famous pop star returns home to coastal North Carolina, Alyssa gets a second chance to make a first impression on Michael.

On sabbatical from his failing marriage, Michael agrees to an interview with Alyssa, a journalist for the local tourist magazine.

When the chemistry between them ignites, Alyssa and Michael are hit with the harsh reality that he isn’t yet free to love her.

With Michael’s wife and son still very much in the picture, can Alyssa hold out until he ends his marriage for good?

Or will she risk it all for a second chance with the one who got away?

GOING HOME AGAIN is contemporary romance novel set in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

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First Impression: A second chance at a first love, yesssss. Oh, I remember my first love… he never knew I existed either. Then he did, and it was worse. I hope Alyssa gets her happy ending!

For me, this was one of those reads that I loved immediately and couldn’t put down… that is UNTIL I got upset and put it down. From that point we, the book and I, developed  a love-hate relationship.

Good stories evoke feelings, and feel I did. I was taken on a voyage from beginning to end, often found gripping the rails as the ship rocked with the turbulent plot. I found it different and refreshing that half the book is done through Alyssa’s eyes, and the other half through Micheal’s. It took a little getting used to for me when the voice switched, but it couldn’t have been written solely through Alyssa, so it was necessary.

This sizzling love story is complete with an adorable kid, and an antagonist that you might actually end up liking – or at least sympathizing with.

Best to Read When: You have an evening free and a glass of wine. You’re going to cruise through this book because you have to know what happens. Let me also mention the heat index is turned up! Some of the pages might just burn your fingers.


Favorite Novel Line: “He glanced down at my lips, before he met my eyes with a look that nearly knocked me on my ass.”


Author Strength: Abby’s ability to switch into the mindset of Michael Day was done extremely well. His thoughts and actions seemed genuine to those of your typical guy.  


Review Disclaimer: I purchased this book for my own reading pleasure. The above review is my own, without influence. Read more of my policy, here.


Maturity Disclaimer: Marked Mature for Language, Violence and Sex.