I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Melanie Stanford
Published by Samhain Publishing Sway on December 29th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?
Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.
In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.
One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself.
I was looking forward to this book because I’m a big fan of Hollywood/rock-star style romances. Unfortunately, this book felt a little more like a women’s fiction book to me, and I didn’t connect with the romance at all.
Ava never imagined she would be poor, living off her friends and the few jobs she can find. Being back home after graduating from Julliard puts her back in touch with old friends, but also in the same orbit as her ex-fiance, Eric.
Eric has a lot of leftover anger at Ava for the way she left him all those years ago, and being around her constantly is both a pleasure and pain. He leaves her so confused, constantly throwing her dirty looks all the while helping to build her up.
So, a lot of people are comparing this book to Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and I have to admit that not only have I never read that Austen book, but I’m not a huge Jane Austen fan, at all. Sorry guys!! That being said, there were somethings I liked about the book, but for the most part I found it to be a bit boring and one sided, from Ava’s point of view. I definitely needed more from Eric, and I just didn’t get what I wanted.
I thought Ava’s reasons for leaving Eric all those years ago were naive and immature, especially as they were engaged to be married. But, Eric’s wish-washy attitude to Ava annoyed me to no end. I desperately hated the cat and mouse game he had going on with her. He would push her away and then make her feel comfortable in the same breath. It was annoying and not a redeeming character for a hero, in my eyes.
Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the story overall, Stanford is a wonderful writer, and fans of Austen will probably enjoy this book a hell of a lot more than I did. 🙂
I give Sway a C-