Sunday, July 19, 2015

{Review} Once and Again (Return to Briarwood, #1) by Elisabeth Barrett

About The Book

Once and Again by Elisabeth Barrett 

Series: Return to Briarwood, #1

Publisher: Loveswept

Publication Date: July 14, 2015

Genres: Contemporary


Growing up in Eastbridge, Connecticut, Carolyn Rivington was a young debutante who did whatever her parents asked. So when her father demanded that she break things off with the boy from the wrong side of the tracks or else, she did. Now Carolyn’s family is deep in debt. She’s no longer a member of the Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club, she’s an employee. And the tanned, tattooed, dangerously handsome stranger who saunters into her lobby isn’t just her new boss . . . he’s also her first love.

The last time he saw Carolyn, Jake Gaffney was in the back of a police cruiser, handcuffed and humiliated. But seeing her again stirs other memories: a blanket on the beach, the moon above their heads, and the most expensive bottle of wine he could afford. Now the tables have turned. As a real-estate magnate and Briarwood’s new owner, Jake doesn’t have to answer to anyone. But now that he’s back home, he’s finding it hard to live down his old reputation.

Before they can move forward, Jake and Carolyn must face their pasts. But it’ll take more than sizzling chemistry for them to heal old wounds and return to the love they once shared.


I first discovered Elisabeth Barrett when a reader friend recommended Deep Autumn Heat the initial installment in her Star Harbor contemporary romance series

Oh, the chaos!
Unfortunately, the introduction to the Return to Briarwood series was chaotic. There was too much detail thrust into the story, at times it felt overwhelming. The information overload detracted from the story. I stuck to the story because Caro and Jake's romance totally captivated my heart. I wish that there was more focus on their love story and less on the secondary character profiles. Hopefully, future installments will dedicate more page space to the main couple.

Not in a hurry for the next installment, but The Best of Me is on my TBR list.

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This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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