Title: Return to Me
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.
Series: The Montgomery Brothers
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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*This review contains some spoilers*
My first Samantha Chase novel did not disappoint! This was a fade-to-black romance novel.
At the request of her best friend, Selena returns to Long Island after 10 years away to help plan their 10 year high school reunion. In doing so, she faces the fears and betrayals of her past – namely, James Montgomery.
The older boy stole her heart, and a few months into their dating, she found out she was pregnant. At eighteen and twenty one, they were thrilled to find out they were going to be parents. (Note: This was the hardest part for me to believe. I mean, come on. What 18 year old is stoked to find out she’s pregnant? I couldn’t swallow that, even though throughout the novel Selena claims all she really wanted was to be a wife and mother. Nothing wrong with that, but it just didn’t ring 100% true for me.) But a drunk driver crashes into Selena and she miscarries, and her father separates the two of them.
Fast forward ten years, and Selena’s returned. She runs into James and their chemistry is immediate and explosive. Every time they see each other, it’s clear that they’re still in love, but too many past hurts continue to block their way to a happily ever after.
I enjoyed the dialogue between James and Selena, but the I think the best character interactions are between Selena and her grandmother. There is a scene where Selena takes James to a greenhouse that her grandmother tended, and I got goosebumps and chills and could feel the love this woman has for her granddaughter. It was a touching, poignant moment, and one that, after reading reviews of her other books, seems to happen in each of Chase’s Montgomery books.
The plot was paced well, the characters were three-dimensional, and I am invested in this storyline; I can’t wait to read the other books in this series.