Title: Jordan’s Return
Author: Samantha Chase
Series: – –
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 7th June
For the first time in print, New York Times and USA Today bestseller Samantha Chase’s debut novel is a heartwarming story of second chances
WILL ONE SUMMER TOGETHER
All Jordan Manning wants is a quiet summer on the Virginia coast with her sons to recover from a near-fatal accident and an abusive relationship. Her plans to find a new direction for her future are turned upside down when she runs into the first man who ever broke her heart…and he’s determined to win it back.
BE ENOUGH TO HEAL OLD WOUNDS?
Rob Tyler thought he’d moved on, but when fate drops a second chance with his first love right in his path, his feelings rush back stronger than ever. Rob is determined to give Jordan the future they should have had years ago, but making up for past mistakes isn’t easy…
Spoilers, spoilers everywhere. Click at your own risk.
(There may also be ranting.)
Source: ARC from Sourcebooks: Casablanca via NetGalley
For the majority of this book I was enjoying the tale of second chance love. Jordan is a loving mother who is trying to do the best for her boys, and her sons are great, despite all they’ve been through. I even liked Rob, especially when he was with the boys and they were bonding. It was all nice and easy and sweet and enjoyable.
Until it wasn’t. Yes, there are some old resentments about how they broke up and why, and what it led to and some childish jealous moments, but then Rob proved just how much of a dick he could be. One moment he’s sweet and loving, the next he lays it all out, says that’s how things are going to go, then throws a tantrum because Jordan doesn’t immediately fall into line.
What made it worse for me was that he acknowledge that Jordan had the right to be cautious after what she’d been through, before adding with any man except him. They haven’t seen each other for over a decade, but she should instantly trust him because Reasons! He acts like a complete brat, yet Jordan is the one who ends up feeling guilty. It really got on my nerves and pretty much spoiled the rest of the book for me.
After that I noticed a few more things that I’d skipped over before: such as why isn’t Jordan’s ex in jail? He was driving drunk, he almost killed her, and he laughed about it the whole time. That guy is a serious danger to the public. Rob also drives drunk during the book, but it’s okay ’cause he knows it’s a bad idea, but he’s tired and he just wants to go home. AS IF THAT MAKES IT ANY BETTER! Unprotected sex, every time. But it’s fine, ’cause true love and all. (Not fine. They don’t even talk about it until the end of the book.) Jordan’s marriage isn’t explored at all. Was it all fine and dandy until he left then? Because that guy sounds like he had a screw loose long before. Aside from the crash – which happened after the divorce – we know nothing about her marriage or the boys’ relationship with their father.
I sort of checked out towards the end of the book, since Rob’s behaviour just left me feeling disappointed. Yes, he comes through in a crisis, but he was ignoring Jordan in the meantime and really, the way the two interact afterwards is annoying childish. In fact, when you look at their entire relationship, it (and their own maturity) clearly hasn’t progressed much since they were teenagers.
So, turns out I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I’d thought and hoped. Which is a huge shame because Chase is an author I’d been wanting to try for ages, and I thought starting at the beginning would be a great idea. Now I’m not sure if picking up another of her books would be a good idea. Hopefully it was just this one that didn’t work for me, but I’ll be thinking carefully before I try another.
Jordan’s Return is out June 7th.
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