REVIEW: (Never) Again by Theresa Paolo

18.y.o. college freshman is shocked to see her ex-boyfriend Hero at her college after he stopped calling her more than a year ago.

She had moved on with a new boyfriend & rooming with her best friend in a lesser college of her choice because of her poor grades from the time Hero abandoned her. She tries to snub Hero but he seems to be everywhere she is & shares the same friends she has. He’d like to friends again but she can’t forget how he broke his promises to love her & never let her go and the resulting pain she went through. His kindness and caring starts to break through her walls and makes her rethink her feelings for him. But are they enough to get to her end her relationship with her current boyfriend & take up with Hero again?

A decent second-chance college romance. It’s told from heroine’s point of view. We get some angst from her past and present anguish over her high-school romance with Hero. She never got closure because he just stopped calling her, which she never foresaw. He’d always been so loving, patient, and attentive in the years that she’d known him, making promises to love her always. So it was very unlike him to dump her the way he did, while maintaining regular friendly contact awith her brother. It was understandable that she would be resentful and bitter with him, even though she had moved on with her life. We saw her confusion about her contented life with her new boyfriend & the reappearance of her buried feelings for Hero. So her kissing Hero while still her boyfriend was not really shocking. Hero did redeem himself by acting with integrity and not getting involved with her while she’s still with someone else. And with his characteristic caring, kindness, and selflessless with heroine & others, especially when her brother got injured. Their HEA(happy ever after) seemed possible. Their separation and reunion showed them, especially Hero, how valuable their relationship was. I just wished their reunion was brought on by their strong feelings for each other that made them go out of their way to fight for a second chance together than simply for convenience with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude.

Moderately recommended.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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