Thursday, 22 January 2015

REVIEW: Retrace by Sigal Ehrlich


Nia Martins believes a fresh start will help her leave her traumatic past behind. Moving to a different country, she seeks to shake off her demons by doing the one thing that sets her free from her destructive thoughts – teaching dance. But change doesn't come easy, and all Nia really wants is to take the next breath without the perpetual suffocation that follows.

Reeves Mitchell has looked death in the eyes so many times it’s become habitual. That is, until his best friend's life was on the line. When the one thing he feared the most turns into reality, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his loss. As Reeves tries to live with the constant thought of “what if” gnawing at the back of his mind, he persistently and steadily builds a thick wall around himself.
Their solitary lives are all they have—until fate brings them together. Nia and Reeves’ new friendship helps make life, shadowed by the ghosts of their past, more bearable. But as their relationship deepens and new, suppressed feelings emerge between them, are they willing to retrace their steps back to where wounded hearts can be broken once more?
*THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


*Complimentary ARC received via Netgalley*

Tender is the first word that comes to mind when I was trying to think of a word to describe Nia and Reeves' story. It's a story about healing and moving forward, about getting another shot of happiness, about trusting your emotions, about closure and fresh start.

In the beginning, I was worried as I found myself only half engaged with the story and I couldn't fully connect with the characters. I don't even really know why. I'm thinking perhaps it was the way the sequence of events were laid out. Maybe? Then I felt that some of the events were just superfluous, like the minor scare somewhere in the middle. It's as if the characters don't have enough to deal with in their heads. Also, I wasn't quite getting the degree of angst the characters were going thru, nor the undeclared feelings between the 2 at some point. But I really wanted to keep reading because I thought the characters were likable enough so I did. 

And I'm glad I did. It was nice to see the relationship progress for starter. I started appreciating the little things like Scrabble;) I started getting the why's and I eventually bought into the emotions. I got it! Their past made them who they are. Their past was no laughing matter. They're about issues that are hard to deal with and very sensitive in nature and how to come out of that intact is no small feat. The fact that they have become each other's relief, escape, hope and everything else that's good, I think that's just a beautiful thing...


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