Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bittersweet Junction by Ivy Sinclair

Book Description

Five years ago, Julia Bell walked away from everything and everyone in her life the moment her high school diploma was in her hand. Determined not to make a mistake she’d regret the rest of her life, she decided leaving was easier. An emergency call from her younger sister brings Julia back to Benton Hill to face the people she left behind, including the man who had tried to claim her heart. 

Ben Miller was always the nice guy, the best friend. The one time he tried to change that perception, he lost the girl and the future he worked so hard to achieve in quick succession. Now that girl, Julia Bell, is back in his life. Ben finds himself falling back that familiar role, even though his heart still wants more. 

As Julia and Ben are thrown back together navigating a stressful event for the Bell family, echoes of the past remind them of what could have been, but also how much they have changed. Is what they once shared enough to build something more, or is it too late to rekindle the spark of this second chance romance?

This is a full-length, standalone new adult contemporary romance novel intended for readers 18+.

AVAILABLE: September 26, 2015

**I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

To me, this description of this book isn't exactly what I thought I read.

Julia Bell left home 5 years ago and hasn't looked back since.  But after receiving a call from her sister, Clary, that their dad was in the hospital, Julia rushed home to find out that not only is her father fine, but her little sister is getting married to her ex-boyfriend, Mike, and they have a baby on the way.

Ben Miller was best friends with Julia and Mike since they were 5 years old, and has loved Julia for that long too.  He was the one that Julia always went to talk to.  They never dated or even kissed until a few nights before high school graduation.  

When Julia returns, yeah he is there for her (she is taking a lot of new information/changes) but it's not like he lets her walk all over him and then just dismiss him.  The relationship changes between Julia and Ben that very first night she is back in town.

This book wasn't what I'd consider a "second-chance romance".  There was no romance (besides a make-out session) between Julia and Ben.  I mean, it was a good book, just not really what I was expecting to read. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5