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Right Where We Left Us

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Temperance Jean Madigan and Duncan Brady have never gotten it right. After one radiant, secret summer together when they were eighteen, they’ve been on-again off-again ever since. Now, despite red-hot chemistry and TJ’s closeness with Duncan’s family, they’re virtually strangers, only capable of adversarial banter, awkward small talk?and the occasional messy hookup.

When a wedding at the Brady’s vineyard lands TJ there for the summer, their mutual avoidance strategies prove impossible. The last thing TJ wants is to be under those angsty, heated glances Duncan thinks he hides. And for Duncan, having fiery TJ constantly close is the ultimate distraction that he absolutely can’t afford. When forced proximity begins to chip away at their armor, buried tensions resurface, old wounds urge confrontation, and once-in-a-lifetime love demands one last chance to finally get it right.

Synopsis source: Goodreads


Genre(s): Romance, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Fiction
HB&W Rating: 3.5
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Expected Publication: June 18, 2024

This slow-burn second chance romance was a fun read. The banter was laugh-out-loud funny and I liked the chronic illness rep. I wished there’d been more of her illness shown, but most of it was references and off-page. I also found the shared history between MCs a bit muddled. I often felt like I was missing something.

It definitely made me think more than I was expecting with a simple romcom. There were a lot of characters to keep track of and even seeing references to those characters later in the book necessitated me to pause and think about who they were again in relation to the two MCs. There were also a lot of metaphors that were insightful but sometimes a bit much as well as small bits of wisdom parceled out within the story that was a nice touch. When it came from Gia, I found myself a bit more confused at what message she was trying to relay, but maybe that’s just a quirk of her character.

I didn’t read the previous book in this series, which features the story of two other characters in this book, but that didn’t impair my experience with this book as it is its own standalone within the series.

Worth it for the banter and show-burn spice though. Definitely looking forward to Mal and Frankie’s story.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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