Friday, February 18, 2022

Book Review: Thanks for the Memories...plus a special giveaway



By Sara Steven

A new beginning leads to a second-chance at romance.

Done with the frigid northern winters, Reagan Westbourne has an easy solution—move to Miami. It makes total sense. She can even live with her sister. But after a few months of enduring her quirky sibling's newlywed bliss, Reagan is ready to spread her wings and move out. Life with two fun roommates and a promising job completes the picture for Reagan. Almost.

When Reagan's old college friend, Dante, opens a new restaurant in Miami, the past mixes with the present. After all, he's the only man Reagan's ever had feelings for. And it seems the attraction might just be mutual. Yet when their paths finally seem to align, old and new friends enter the picture, leaving Reagan unsure of her feelings. Could this second-chance be the answer, or is it time to leave the memories in the past? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

This is the second book in the Thankful series, and I’m glad it’s here! I was more than ready to get back to the Miami lifestyle and learn more about Reagan, who we were introduced to in Thanks for the Love (reviewed here). It’s obvious that it took time and patience for Reagan to feel ready to make the move to the east coast, but knowing that one of her friends from college (Dante) already lives there, it made it a bit easier. It also helped that she used to have a pretty strong crush on him in her younger years, feelings she isn’t sure she’s ever really gotten over. 

The synopsis mentions that their paths seem to align, yet there were plenty of moments when Reagan second-guesses that alignment, particularly due to how busy Dante is, and how he never seems to make time for her. Adding to the confusion is an old friend from their college days, who really throws a wrench in everything. Some of my favorite scenes involve Reagan’s attempt at navigating the choppy friendship waters, particularly when the chaos escalates and gets out of control. Through it all, she has her much-loved roommates by her side, and it was really nice to witness such depths of friendship and solidarity when Reagan needed it most. 

Dante isn’t the only one in the running for Reagan’s heart. One of her coworkers, Jeremy, is someone she begins to look at with newfound interest, particularly when it might seem that he could be interested in her. What I liked a lot was how it was never blatantly obvious with the direction Reagan might choose to go in, when making a decision on who might work best for her. There were moments when I thought that Dante would be the best fit, but then there were other moments where it appeared that Jeremy might be the right guy for her. 

I think the biggest storyline here though, are the tight friendships Reagan has formed since moving to Miami. Potential romantic love can come and go, but the sisterhood is unbreakable! This was a great addition to the Thankful series, and another five-star experience for me!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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1 comment:

Nancy P said...

Like the fun cover.