EXCERPT AND REVIEW: (Never) Again & (Once) Again by Theresa Paolo

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TITLE: (Never) Again (Again #1)
AUTHOR: Theresa Paolo
PUBLICATION: Published October 15th 2013 by Berkley Penguin Group (USA)
GENRE: NA > Romance
PAGES: 211pages (ebook)

 

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Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.
When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex’s voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls’ bathroom.
Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn’t leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?
Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.

 

 

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TITLE: (Once) Again (Again #2)
AUTHOR: Theresa Paolo
PUBLICATION: Published June 17th 2014 by InterMix – Berkely Penguin Group USA
GENRE: NA > Romance
PAGES: 217pages (ebook)
SOURCE: arc via publisher
RATING:

 

3 ★★★

 

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Josh will have to reconcile his past…
In order to make Kat his future.
After surviving a real-life nightmare, Josh Wagner is sent home from his dream college on crutches. Bedridden and tormented by flashbacks, he’s just seen his world shattered and his baseball scholarship go up in smoke. Josh’s family hires a health aide to help take care of him, but when he opens the door, the last person he expects to see is his biggest regret…
Katherine Singleton is the only girl Josh has ever loved. Now, even though she’s only taking care of him because it’s her job, Josh is determined to win her back. But Kat had to move on after their breakup two years ago, and despite her feelings for Josh, a lot has happened since he left…
When Kat’s past comes back to haunt her, Josh decides it’s his turn to take care of her. But protecting her—and redeeming himself—will put Josh in the line of fire again. Will he survive this time?

 

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EXCERPT:

 

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I tried to hold my head up and give him a dirty look, but it felt like it weighed nine
hundred pounds and I wasn’t strong enough.

Zach’s hand cupped my face, holding it up so I looked into those dark, beautiful eyes
of his. Warmth spread across my cheeks, seeping into the rest of my body.

Hepushed my hair out of my face, tucking it behind my ears. I wanted to be mad, but I didn’t have the energy to care.

“You’re a mess.” His lips turned into the smirk I dreamed about for months after he
stopped calling.

“What happened to my Lizzie?”

“You left her,” I managed to get out before my eyelids became too heavy and I
drifted off to sleep.

 

REVIEW:

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I absolutely loved Josh. He’s funny, kind of a douche sometimes BUT super sweet. A total Alpha guy. I guess what makes him different from the heroes of this genre is that HE ACTUALLY CARES. Genuinely so. 

Love Kat’s character too. I can really relate to her because her living situation is pretty much the same as mine. So her struggles are not that new to me and I can identify with her. 

Once again is not just a love story that’s why I gave it a go. It deals with trauma and there’s a lot of character development that happened that I think a lot of readers can relate to.

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

Theresa

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Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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