My review post for This Love by Anna Bloom went a little haywire the other day! Here is the real post, which includes a signed giveaway!!
Amber’s always planned to leave her overbearing mother and their stifling small town behind as soon as she graduates. That is until her car breaks down outside Bale and Son’s mechanics and she meets Freddy Bale. A boy who’d rather live in the moment than make a five-year-plan. Ignoring her friends’ warnings, Amber puts all dreams for her perfect future on hold, and dives into the romance heart first. On their last day of school, however, Freddy decides to call off their relationship, and Amber does the only thing she can think of: Run away and never look back. Just like she’d always planned. Ten years pass before Amber sets foot in town again, only returning to look after her ailing mother. While Freddy wants to make amends, Amber is confronted with her own wrong choices from ten years ago. Choices that could change the lives of everyone she’s ever loved. When first love is given a second chance and the secrets of the past come hurtling into the present, will Amber and Freddy be able to lay their mistakes to rest and make this love the strongest one of all?
I love second chance romances, I love books set in the UK, I love completely swoon-worthy guys, and I really love Anna Bloom, so it was an absolute no-brainer that I would devour standalone NA/Adult novel, This Love, at the very first chance I got.
And devour it I did! This was such a sweet, funny, at times sad, but overall beautiful book. Anna isn’t the type of author to go with the crowd–you won’t find sex-filled, angst ridden, love triangles or step-sibling love affairs in her books–so her books are always such a fantastically refreshing change to the romances we usually lose ourselves in.
As I said previously, this is a second chance romance, but where we would usually learn of the past through a series of flashbacks or confessions, the way This Love is set up, is in two sections. First Love, gives us the full story of Amber and Freddy in their late teens/early twenties, and This Love, skips ahead 10 years to when first love gets a second chance.
I loved Freddy and Amber then and I love them now. It was impossible to ever doubt that these two would end up together in the end. No matter what or who was put in their way, they were destined to be together. They just fit. How they managed 10 years apart, I have no idea, but they were stronger for it. No longer dependant on each other, just hopelessly in love.
Anna Bloom never fails to make me fall in love with her writing, her stories, and her characters, and I think that This Love, and the majorly swoon-worthy Freddy Bale, are my favourite yet. A dazzling, magical, 5 stars.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer with the sole ambition of writing about life as it happens. Dedicated to real characters, real problems and real romance Anna writes tales to stir your heart and head. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two young children, working in a local school and writing swoon worthy romance for Mature Teen and Adult readers, she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys and talking to the voices in her head- all in the name of her art.