Sunday, February 14, 2016

Review for Leaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson - 5 out of 5!



SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS -

Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking, slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated coupe.

A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s ridiculous sports car. He couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.

As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.


MY REVIEW -

This book surprised me! In a totally good way! It was much more than I was expecting! Leaving Yesterday has so much heart and I loved all the family dynamics. Leaving Yesterday has the romance, which was really sweet and fabulous, and had some really great heat and chemistry, but it also has really great characters and I liked how all the characters played off each other, and I loved Trace and his family. There is a few POV's in this book, but the 2 main characters do have the bulk of the POV, so they didn't bother me, and I get the feeling that this book was sort of a set-up for a lot of the other books that going to be in this series, and normally I don't love that type of thing, but Zoe Dawson did a really great job of letting the main characters shine, while also letting some other characters have a moment, and I am definitely ready for the next books! So many storylines I can't wait to see how they develop!

This book starts off with Rafferty's car breaking down in a small, run-down town, so she calls Black's auto mechanic to pick up and fix her car. Trace Black comes to give Rafferty a tow and fix her car, and Rafferty and Trace have an instant connection, but struggle against their preconceived notions of each other, and that Rafferty is only going to be in town a short while. Both begin to realize there is more to the other than they originally thought, and they are finding it difficult to stay away from each other, so they start growing closer, but they are still putting up walls because they each have had some hardships in each of their lives. Rafferty has just gotten divorced after finding out her husband has been cheating on her, so she is still weary of starting any new relationships, and Rafferty also works for her father, and she is starting to struggle with the choices she has made in her life. Trace has a lot on his shoulders to deal with: his dad died, so he has taking on the roll of running Black's and also the roll of head of household with his 2 other brother; one of which is dealing with an extreme case of PTSD, and his 1 sister, who is only 18 and is just coming into her own. Rafferty is a strong, intelligent, and generous woman, and I loved how she radiates kindness to everyone; she adds something special to everyone's lives, and I think Trace and her are a good match, and I enjoyed reading about their happy times and how they deal with their struggles. I was rooting for them to pull through. A great read.

I want the next book now! Great characters! Lots of love and heart!

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