Monday, December 16, 2013

Review: No Reverse by Marion Crosyldon


Title: No Reverse
Series: Second Chances #1
Author: Marion Crosyldon
Release Date: August 8th,  2013
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger: rather to be continued than cliffhanger

A girl who needs to undo the past.
A boy who wants to forget it.
In love, there’s no way back.

At high school in Steep Hill, Kansas, Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways.

Five years later, Josh has breezed through Georgetown and is about to finish his post-grad degree at Oxford University. He is set to join a lobbying group on Capitol Hill, owned by his new fiancée’s father. For Josh, the sky is now the limit… only he must first take care of a tiny legal matter: technically, he’s still married to the girl who broke his heart.

Meanwhile, Cassie has been waiting tables in Steep Hill to pay for her sick grandmother’s care. On the day of the old lady’s funeral, Cassie is served with two sets of papers. Josh is asking for a divorce. Her heart squeezes, but, well, he moved on a long time ago. But the second envelope shakes Cassie to the core. So, for the first time, she leaves Kansas and heads to good ol’ England.

There, Cassie finds that Josh has not just “moved on,” he’s freakin’ engaged to some blue-blooded heiress. The feelings Cassie had buried deep rush back to her. But no matter if he keeps thrusting the divorce papers under her nose, she needs him to save the only person she loves more than Josh, more than life itself…


No Reverse took me on agonizing journey full of pain, regret and bad decisions. I was constantly on the verge of tears. My heart was breaking, falling apart and then it was glued together only to be once again terribly destroyed.

I was hooked in the exact same time I’ve finished reading prologue. In it, Josh is standing at the altar, waiting for his seventeen year old wife-to-be, Cassie. Cass is pregnant with his baby and Josh knows he has to start a family with her. He loves her very much. They knew each other from the time they were babies. So despite of what Josh’s father is saying, he will do what’s right. Cassie and Josh get married. But some very bad things happened and there was no longer a baby. So Cassie let Josh go.

Now, almost six years later, Josh wants a divorce. He finally moved on and have a great life in England where he is engaged. While he has fantastic ‘new’ life, Cassie still lives in the same small town and as a high school dropout waits tables.

But Cassie cannot let Josh go without telling him the entire truth. Even if it hurts pretty damn bad. She packs her things and in an instant is in England to tell Josh what had happened to their baby.

This emotional roller coaster showed me how beautiful and yet extinguishing love can be. The only thing I feel like saying now is wow. There are simply no words that could picture the depth, the pain and loneliness of this story. The author really did play on the strings of my soul. I was moved, I was touched by Cass and Josh’s story and their second chance, and I will definitely read more by Marion Crosyldon.

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