My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Current Goodreads rating 4.1
When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.
Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…
But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again.
Characters: OMG, I felt like all of these characters were my dear friends, and hearing that Joss, Jo, Liv, and Ellie all either had or were going to have kids made me sooooo happy!!!
It's really weird reading Hannah's story because I had always read about her as a kid. Anyway, she's very book smart and is a dedicated English teacher. And of course, she's gorgeous. She has only ever been with one guy, Mr. Marco D' Alessandro, but she doesn't welcome him back immediately once they meet again. And she has a totally good reason, you know besides that he left with no explanation.
Marco, Marco, Marco. Half African American, half Italian!!!! Before he met Hannah, Marco lived in the US but got into trouble and was sent to live in the UK. He's considered the older, "bad boy" who has a soft spot for Hannah. He used to walk her home all the time and listened to her talk. He was very quiet.
For that reason, I felt like I knew nothing about him and didn't really trust him when he was trying to get Hannah back. Spoiler: He turns out to be a sweetie with a messed up past.
What I missed most from Samantha Young, however, was the witty banter. Hannah wasn't that funny, and Marco was too serious.
But i must say, I think Cole was my favorite character from this book. Cole and Hannah are best friends. He was there for her after that traumatic event and continues to be there. All of his girlfriends are jealous of the way he treats Hannah, but it looks like he is going to find the one. The next book in the series is his story!!!!
Plot: The thing that I liked about this plot was that the characters had a past. Ellie and Adam knew each other for awhile too, but they never had as serious of history as Hannah and Marco.
Above all, I liked the message of the book a lot. Something tragic has to happen before Hannah realized it, but it's applicable to everyone: nobody is guaranteed anything, so tell your loved ones you care.
I LOVE THIS SERIES. I LOVE SAMANTHA YOUNG, but this is not the best in the series. No way. Before Jamaica Lane is probably my favorite.