Return to You by Kate Perry

Publication Date: April 15th, 2012
Self-Published
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars

SUMMARY:

That rat bastard Michael Wallace is back.
The last person Olivia Parker expects to walk into her lingerie shop is her high school sweetheart. She’s so over him. Mostly. Except that he’s hotter than ever and still knows her better than she knows herself. But how can she risk her heart when she knows he’s just going to leave again?
It’s a simple plan: return home, shoot the movie, and leave emancipated from the contract he signed eleven years before. But Michael’s plan gets blown away the moment he sees Olivia again. Smart, sexy, and successful, Olivia is distraction personified. Only worse than that—Michael fears Olivia may be his heart and soul.

There was a whole lot of manipulation going on in this Northern California town. When Michael Wallace struts back into Olivia Parker’s life, she never thought her day could get any worse. But when she finds out the Hollywood big-wig, “sperm donor”- who’d like to call himself her father –  shows up as well, Olivia’s day went to hell in a hand basket.

Back in the day, when their love was so sweet and nothing could tear them apart, Olivia and Michael’s lives were pretty much set. But her meddling father enticed Michael to leave town to work as an exclusive director for his production company. Olivia waited for an invitation but Michael insisted she would be a distraction and therefore a hindrance to the dream he envisioned. Brokenhearted, Olivia left the country to lick her wounds and plan a future without the two men who abandoned her.

Eleven years later, both men came waltzing in back to her life. Everett Parker has a plan to right a wrong; Michael Wallace has a plan to finally get over the woman he could never forget and Olivia Parker has a plan to finally exorcise the ghosts of broken hearts, broken promises and her broken home.

I’ve been waffling back and forth on whether this book deserved another star. For what it’s worth, the romance was one of those that will make you swoon while you desperately fight off the urge to pull your hair out of its roots. Michael and Olivia was a great pairing – their history made for a funny and gut-twisting read. It also helped that they let out steam with every look and every insult they throw at each other. The only snag in this otherwise perfectly flawed romantic pairing was how easily Olivia let Michael off the hook. I felt that she didn’t make him work hard enough to regain her trust and forgiveness. Also, Michael didn’t really dwell on the fact that Olivia hid a secret from him when he left. I mean, if I were in his shoes, I’d be stunned dumb, then hopping mad that he never had a chance to feel what he was supposed to feel, given the circumstances.

I’m also a little hesitant to give this book at least another star because it was peppered with minor mistakes. They’re not overtly obvious but I noticed them anyway. This book is a self-pubb’d, freebie on Amazon, which makes me feel even worse for calling it out. But I’d like to point out that this was still miles better than most of the romance books I’ve read so far this year. I’m genuinely surprised.

I’d love to read the rest of this series because I can tell that her stories are something I’d enjoy. Please don’t let the rating deter you from reading this book. Her characters are witty, fun and quirky with story lines that could sweep you away in a heartbeat. If you’re looking for a scintillating romance with adorable characters, do yourself a favour and feed your E-reader with this book.