I received this book for free from Audiobookworm Productions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Come Again by Jiffy Kate
Series: French Quarter Collection #2
Narrator: Loretta Rawlins, Eric Michael Summerer
Published by Tantor Audio on November 28, 2018
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Audiobookworm Productions
WOMEN HAVEN’T BEEN HIRED TO WORK IN MY BAR FOR A REASON: they’re too tempting and too distracting—too much of a liability—even if they are good for business…
That’s why I shocked myself by hiring Avery Cole. She’s young, carefree, and happy—a beautiful distraction. When she’s around, the devastation of my past gets buried under layers of lust and desire… hints of a life I once lived but have completely given up on.
I’ve already had my love and now that’s gone; there’s no need to try again. Even if love is staring me right in the face with a pair of deep brown eyes and no expectations.
WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT SHAW O’SULLIVAN?
He’s rude, abrasive, sexy—and my boss. He’s also broken in ways I would never have seen if I hadn’t been looking.
Which means he should be off limits; my heart and body cannot handle his baggage. I’m on a quest to find myself, and Shaw O’Sullivan will only get in my way and drag me down.
Where I’m light, he’s dark. We don’t mix and neither of us are looking for love, so what happens when it finds us anyway?
This one started off so dark and deep, and that hooked me. It was definitely the perfect way to start off this really much darker and a little deeper story than the first one in the series. Avery was much stronger than a lot of women in situations like what she started in the book. But I liked her example of how she left and didn’t let any apologies convince her to stay. I like how she stood up to Shaw as well when she first got there. I mean he was a total jerk to her! He was not very likeable for me at first. We do learn what his back story is as we get further into the story, but it is one that I wish we’d gotten a little more up front. Like more details let slip in a conversation between him and his sister maybe.
A side story of a sort in this one added more than the first book had in a way. So like I said, much deeper than the first book in that way. I definitely feel if you want that type of book, then this is the one for you. The narrators are the same as with the first book, and I still definitely liked them and felt they did a good job.
However this one didn’t work as well for me as the first one, even though overall it was good. I’m personally not a fan of older man romances, and this was a 15 year difference. I also thought the ending dragged a bit, and it was obvious what was going on with Avery, even if they were so surprised. Not to mention her whole fear of being “second best”. That seemed silly and shallow to me. Even if there was a moment that she overheard Shaw say something that fed her fears towards the end of the book. The last half or so of the book just really kind of dragged for me. Or at least after the part that they finally got back together, it just went on much longer than I felt was needed.
Also, once again, I loved the whole New Orleans setting. So much description and I could see some of the areas they talked about from the three times I’ve visited myself. I am definitely looking forward to the third book too though. I’m so excited for our characters that will be part of Neutral Grounds. I’m hoping for a little more of the humor in that one, and not quite as dark as this one.
Jiffy Kate is the joint pen name for Jiff Simpson and Jenny Kate Altman. They’re co-writing besties who share a brain. They also share a love of cute boys, stiff drinks, and fun times. Their first published book, Finding Focus, was released in November 2015. Since then, they’ve continued to write what they know—southern settings full of swoony heroes and strong heroines. You can find them on most social media outlets at @jiffykate, @jiffykatewrites, or @jiffsimpson and @jennykate77.
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