Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Strangers on the Train: Ticket Home by Serena Bell

Title: Ticket Home
Author: Serena Bell
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Strangers on a Train
Main Characters: Amy and Jeff
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview: Is that a cell phone in his pocket...or is he just happy to see her?

A Strangers on a Train Story
When Amy Moreland left Seattle, she never expected to see her workaholic ex-boyfriend again. Encountering him on her Connecticut-to-New-York-City commute is the surprise of her life. He seems hell-bent on winning her back, but every time his cell phone rings, it's a painful reminder of how he failed to put her first.

Jeff Havers can't help that his phone keeps interrupting his carefully composed apology speech, but having Amy sic the Metro North security team on him is a bit much. Once he talks his way out of handcuffs, he focuses on coaxing Amy to talk about the fears that drove her away.

As the train ride takes them through the landscape of their lost life together, sparks fly and remembered heat reignites. But if they're not brave enough to overcome the still-fresh pain of old wounds, it could be too late to pursue what really matters--their ticket home.

Warning: This book contains steamy train-car action, sex on the stairs, and a hero determined to give his velvet-and-heels-clad woman exactly what she's looking for.

My Review:
This story was just heartbreaking, but it was that way because I couldn't see a way for these two people who were so obviously in love to come out of this situation with a happily ever after. 

Six months ago, Amy left Jeff...not because she didn't love him, but because he didn't love her enough to put her first before his company and the constant emergencies and ringing phone. She moved clear across the country because she knew her resolve would crumble if she had to face him. Now, it's six months later and Jeff is begging for her to come back. BUT he hasn't gotten a clue yet...he still jumps when the phone rings. Seriously, it was heartbreaking watching both of these characters get crushed. 

There was so much about this story I could relate to. I loved Amy, even with her struggle to explain to Jeff exactly what's wrong. No one wants to be the clingy, needy person that says, "I need you to put me first." That's mortifying enough, but you're also opening yourself up to all kinds of rejection if that person isn't willing to do so. And poor Jeff....he's a guy, he doesn't have a clue about Amy's real reasons for leaving. 

The scenes on the train were great. I especially loved Brooklyn guy who kept saying he wanted them to go somewhere else with their drama, but didn't think twice about getting right into the middle of it with them. Just another great novella in this series. They all five were done SO INCREDIBLY WELL. I highly recommend all five of them!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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