Monday, July 23, 2018

ARC Review: Over and Over Again by Cole McCade

A ring of braided grass. A promise. Ten years of separation.

And memories of an innocent love with the power to last through time.

When Luca Ward was five years old, he swore he would love Imre Claybourne forever. Years later, that promise holds true—and when Luca finds himself shipped off to Imre’s North Yorkshire goat farm in disgrace, long-buried feelings flare back to life when he finds, in Imre, the same patiently stoic gentle giant he’d loved as a boy. The lines around Imre’s eyes may be deeper, the once-black night of his hair silvered to steel and stone…but he’s still the same slow-moving mountain of a man whose quiet-spoken warmth, gentle hands, and deep ties to his Roma heritage have always, to Luca, meant home.

The problem?

Imre is more than twice Luca’s age.

And Luca’s father’s best friend.

Yet if Imre is everything Luca remembered, for Imre this hot-eyed, fey young man is nothing of the boy he knew. Gone is the child, replaced by a vivid man whose fettered spirit is spinning, searching for north, his heart a thing of wild sweet pure emotion that draws Imre into the compelling fire of Luca’s frustrated passions. That fragile heart means everything to Imre—and he’ll do anything to protect it.

Even if it means distancing himself, when the years between them are a chasm Imre doesn’t know how to cross.

But can he resist the allure in cat-green eyes when Luca places his trembling heart in Imre’s hands…and begs for his love, over and over again?

Dani's rating:

At nearly 8,000 Kindle locations, Over and Over Again is a hefty beast of a book. I admit I was daunted by the page count.

I needn't have worried too much though. The prose is quite lovely, and while I found myself wanting to skim on occasion when the plot got tangled up in the details, I was mostly entertained and found myself obsessively googling Yorkshire farms. Sheep are fucking adorable, and I'm not ashamed.

I'm a sucker for an age gap, and since Imre is more than 20 years older than Luca and Luca's father's best friend, there was a bit of very delicious angst over the pseudo uncle/nephew relationship.

The men aren't related, however, and I thought they were absolutely perfect for one another. Imre kept Luca grounded, while Luca brought spontaneity and play into Imre's lonely existence.

It took me a while to warm up to Luca. He was a bit of a brat and quite ungrateful too. Honestly, I'm still a little aghast at how antagonistic Luca was toward his dad, who was no father of the year but who TRIED.

For more than half of the story, there's no real romance. I don't mind a good slow burn, but I wish we'd gotten to the relationship development a little sooner. Imre was so stubborn and terrified of giving into his feelings.

THAT ENDING THOUGH. It's absolutely sigh worthy. It's hope, baby goats, steamy kisses, and a promise woven in ribbon. It's every rainbow and the pot of gold at the end.

Don't let the length of this book put you off. While I do think it could have been a couple hundred pages shorter and all the better for it, Cole McCade is a truly talented writer, and I'm glad I didn't give up on this story.

Disclaimer: The language and dialogue rang authentic to me, but I'm not British and have, much to my dismay, never been to Yorkshire. However, a friend of mine, who was born and raised in this area, says NOPE; the setting doesn't feel particularly Yorkshire-y.

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Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
~Harper Lee

An ARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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