Title: Back to Before
Author: Tracy Solheim
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Second Chances #1
Main Characters: Ginger and Gavin
Release Date: January 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
When his father’s sudden death puts his family’s construction business in serious debt, architect Gavin McAlister is forced to put his dream career in New York on hold. Making matters worse, his fiancée calls it quits. Desperate to return to his big-city life, he discovers an opportunity to save his family, one that has him reluctantly starring in a home restoration TV show.
Former soap star Ginger Walsh hopes this job as a TV makeup artist will lead to better things. So far it’s only brought her to a hamlet full of people who don’t like her—except Gavin. After a wild night out leads to Ginger waking up in Gavin’s loft—and the rest of town talking—the two of them soon wonder if getting back to before is what they want. Because being in each other’s arms certainly feels like what they need…
I loved this book. This is honestly why I love reading contemporary romance so much. Although this circumstance is certainly not something most "real world" people would have to deal with, this book had a very real feel to it. The characters were amazing with flaws and honest emotions that simply worked for me.
Gavin grew up in Chances Inlet. He has no plan to stay there long-term. He's there fixing the mess his father left when he suddenly died and protecting his family from finding out about that mess. But he left NYC and his life there to do it. He's counting down the days until he can go back to where he's an anonymous face and not the town's golden boy. But he's keeping a whole lot of secrets in the interest of protecting his family...but leading the way is that he isn't planning to stay.
Ginger wants what Gavin has in this little town...to be accepted. Her need to please other people is ingrained in her. But for this little town they have a hard time seeing the real person behind the nasty spoiled teenager she played on a soap opera on TV. They refuse to see her as someone nice and not to be reviled which is devastating for Ginger, who simply wants to fit in. And corrupting the town's golden boy is certainly not going to make her friends...so she has to stay away from Gavin and the incredibly chemistry sizzling between them.
The set-up for this book is awesome. They are filming a DIY show using the town's historic Dresden House and preserving it and bringing it back to it's former glory. Ginger is the make-up artist and go-to girl for the show's producer, her best friend Diesel, who also is hoping for a second chance. Gavin is the eye-candy running his father's construction company and in charge of the re-do for the tv show. Once the show finishes, all of them should be able to move onto the next chapter in their lives.
There are tons of little details and side characters which make this book so good. The back story between Ginger and Diesel is heartbreaking, but their friendship was one of the best things in the book. If there was one thing I had to complain about in this book (and honestly, I really don't)...it's that I would have loved to see more of Diesel in the story. He was a great character and would love to get deeper into his story because it was so rich with strife...and he's still this great guy. I don't think the author is going there with him though. :(
But she does seem to be setting up things with the rest of Gavin's family...and I'm thrilled about that because there are some incredible characters built there. I can't wait to read more!!! This is the first book in this new series and it sets the bar really high for the rest of the books. I'm definitely looking forward to great things with this one!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review...but I also ordered a final print copy for my keeper book shelf, because this is one I want in my library.