When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.
Or that it would end so painfully.
Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.
As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?
I love those stories where the unlikely pair become friends and then inevitably fall in love and Back To You was no exception. This was a really beautiful story.
And she couldn’t help but smile at the irony of the fact that the baddest boy in school could somehow always make her feel like the world was good.
I loved the flashbacks. Soooo adorable! Think Dirty Dancing, plate smashing, spontaneous make-outs and a pizza dates.
“The crust is the best part,” he explained around his mouthful of food. “If they made an all-crust pizza, I’d be a pig in shit.”
Lauren took a delicate bite of her own slice. “I’m pretty sure they do. It’s called bread.”
But despite the light hearted majority of this book, it all contends with some very dark issues. Some of the flashbacks to Michael’s childhood were truly heartbreaking. I found myself sniffling back the tears on a couple of occasions.
Lauren was a likeable heroine. I loved her relationship with Erin, Michael’s three year old daughter, too. She was loving, understanding, kind hearted but strong too. Her thought processes made sense and I liked that she wasn’t hell bent on making Michael’s life a misery because of the pain he’d put her through.
And then there’s Michael… who doesn’t love a high school badass turned doting Daddy?!
Completely adorable. The story of how he came to have full custody of Erin is precious. And, with his determination to have Lauren back in his life, it’s impossible not to fall in love with him.
“I always knew I would fall in love with you, but you were never supposed to love me back.”
“What did you just say?”
“I loved you. So much. My God, more than anything.”
Squeeeee! Super duper cute! And the epilogue is just… *does happy dance* gorgeous. A definite must read!
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