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by Marion Croslydon
Published August 12th 2013 by Carlux Publishing
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A girl who needs to undo the past.
A boy who wants to forget it.
In love, there’s no way back.
At high school in Steep Hill, Kansas, Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways.
Five years later, Josh has breezed through Georgetown and is about to finish his post-grad degree at Oxford University. He is set to join a lobbying group on Capitol Hill, owned by his new fiancée’s father. For Josh, the sky is now the limit… only he must first take care of a tiny legal matter: technically, he’s still married to the girl who broke his heart.
Meanwhile, Cassie has been waiting tables in Steep Hill to pay for her sick grandmother’s care. On the day of the old lady’s funeral, Cassie is served with two sets of papers. Josh is asking for a divorce. Her heart squeezes, but, well, he moved on a long time ago. But the second envelope shakes Cassie to the core. So, for the first time, she leaves Kansas and heads to good ol’ England.
There, Cassie finds that Josh has not just “moved on,” he’s freakin’ engaged to some blue-blooded heiress. The feelings Cassie had buried deep rush back to her. But no matter if he keeps thrusting the divorce papers under her nose, she needs him to save the only person she loves more than Josh, more than life itself…
Cassie and Josh have been added to my favorite couples list. They were high school sweet hearts who believed they would be together until they were both old and shriveled. Then of course things go south for the both of them.
Josh is my favorite character in this book. I liked Cassie, but loved Josh a lot more. Cassie at times really got on my nerves and if she were real I’d probably slap some sense into her. I understood all her motives and reasons, but I really disliked her for at least half of the book. I found her to be a bit whiny and immature at times. It wasn't until near the end of the book that I was able to truly connect with her and get a feel for her.
I will say though, Marion Croslydon did an excellent job distinguishing both Cassie and Josh. Sometimes when reading two different points of views in a story it can feel like the same character; that is not the case with No Reverse. That was another thing I enjoyed about it.
Josh was such a romantic and so swoon worthy. The way he loves Cassie was super sweet and sort of like The Notebook. He has a new life, new love, and has accepted the fact that Cassie is his past. Then she storms in and throws his entire world off track. His struggles with his feelings were so heartbreaking. He loves Cassie, always has and he really feels he can’t let her go a second time.
I want to jump back into this book again just for Josh. I am sure you can tell that I relished this story. Despite the little issues I had with it, I think it’s definitely a Good Choice for Reading. It’s a fast read and great for a day out at the beach.
Here is a teaser I had to share on Instagram while reading No Reverse - http://instagram.com/p/cVeyunKF_S/
That scene has to be one of my favorites!!!
Marion’s parents are terribly disappointed with her…
They wanted her to have a serious job, providing financial stability and social standing. For years, she really tried to make them happy; she studied hard, got into top schools, graduated with honors and found a high-achieving job.
But deep down, Marion was miserable. She never wanted to be a top executive, brokering deals in New York, London or Tokyo. Marion wanted to be… a ROMANCE WRITER. She wanted to spend her days in that good ol’ tracksuit of hers, in front of her laptop, popping down Oreos like there was no tomorrow. She wanted to fall in love with a different man each time she wrote the first line of a new book (while being happily married to the most handsome man in Great Britain).
That’s exactly what Marion does these days, and it makes her incredibly happy. She loves to share these happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity.
Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.
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