Title: Return To You
Author: Samantha Chase
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance
She will never forget their past...
He can't stop thinking about their future...
James Montgomery has achieved everything he'd hoped for in life...except marrying the girl of his dreams. After a terrible accident, Selena Ainsley left ten years ago. She took his heart with her and she's never coming back. But it's becoming harder and harder for him to forget their precious time together, and James can't help but wonder what he would do if they could ever meet again.
It was near midnight and Selena’s eyes felt heavy. With her head resting on James’s shoulder, she tried to focus on the ending of The Philadelphia Story. Back when they were dating, they used to enjoy watching classic movies, and finding one on the television seemed like the perfect way for them to relax after such an emotional evening.
James looked over at Selena and smiled to himself. If he could freeze this moment in time, he would. For years he had wondered if he’d ever find a woman he could come home to, with whom he could sit like this and simply relax. The woman half-asleep beside him was the only woman he wanted to fit that bill. The credits were beginning to roll, and he gently nudged her with his shoulder. “Hey,” he said softly, “are you still awake?”
“Mmm…barely,” she whispered and then yawned. As much as Selena knew that the bed would be a far more comfortable place to sleep, she didn’t want to leave the security of James’s side. She jumped when he shifted beside her to stand up. A wave of panic hit her as she prayed that he wasn’t getting up to leave. Before she could even voice her concern, James turned off the television and then scooped her up into his arms. “Oh!”
“Don’t get me wrong. I was completely enjoying being curled up with you on the sofa, but I had a feeling your neck was going to kill you tomorrow.” He walked through to the bedroom and carefully held her close as he pulled back the comforter and gently placed Selena down. Without a word, he walked back out to the living room and locked the door and turned out the lights before returning to her.
He didn’t ask permission.
She didn’t extend an invitation.
Neither seemed necessary.
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Return to You by Samantha Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Return to You by Samantha Chase is a 2015 Sourcebooks/Casablanca publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
What a wonderful story! The set up was very cleverly arranged proving sometimes a couple needs a nudge in the right direction from friends and family to help right some serious wrongs. Thankfully, Serena and James have those types of people in their lives. But, getting these two to sit down and talk out their issues is going to take some creativity and maybe a little manipulation along the way too.
Jen, Serena's best friend, and William Montgomery, James' uncle, get together and device a plan to lure Serena back to her hometown using an ten year high school reunion as the bait, which will hopefully give them a chance to put James and Serena in the same place at the same time. They know it won't be easy, but too much time has passed and it's time for someone to do something before it really is too late.
Ten years ago Serena and James were deeply in love, planning on a wedding and a happy ever after, with all that implies. But, a horrible wrench is thrown into their plans and now both parties have spent the last ten years wallowing in anger, hurt and bitterness. Serena and James both have issues with their families they will have to come to terms with as well, but before they can deal with all that, they will have to get to the bottom of what broke them up in the first place. That is easier said than done, because every time they are together in the same room, the tension is so thick that talking in the last thing on their minds.
You will need two things handy before you start this one. A box of tissues and a bucket of ice. The story is light, but I did reach for a tissue a time or two, but the chemistry between James and Serena is so hot, you'll need that bucket of ice to cool down. This couple has no problems in the bedroom, but really heavy baggage between them keeps them from being able to resolve their past issues.
Despite all the help from outside forces, it looks like there may have been too many secrets, too many lies, and too much doubt for the couple to ever find their happy ever after together.
Can Jen and William pull out a Hail Mary?
While some of the issues outside of the couple's personal relationship were not all wrapped up like I wanted, a confrontation I was really anticipating did not come to pass, but other than that I loved everything about this story.
This is a really sweet, very sexy, spicy, and emotional contemporary romance. I closed the book with a big smile on my face. I am looking forward to more of William's magical match making skills. 4 stars
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
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