Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: You'll Think of Me by Lucia Franco

Luke Jackson.

With his thick southern drawl and seductive charm, Luke is the country boy everyone adores. He has his future mapped out, but his plans with Olivia are suddenly derailed when she makes a decision that blindsides him, changing the path they both envisioned.

As Luke struggles to keep everything in check during a difficult time in his life, he must put his trust in the one person who broke it to begin with. The last time they saw each other, Olivia busted his heart wide open, turning him into the man he is today.

When Olivia returns to her roots, just like Luke said she would, he is shocked for more reasons than one. Nine years have passed since they've seen each other, and when their roads collide unexpectedly, Luke can only push his worry and misgivings away for so long.

Things are different now—they are strangers—and the rope that once bound Olivia's heart to South Fork, Georgia is pulling her back in, forcing her to remember how it used to be all those years ago.

4 Lyrical Stars
Review by Jen Hagen
Nine years ago Olivia made a decision to change her life.  She didn’t want to feel dependent on anybody and wanted to move away from her life in small-town Georgia.  She was graduating from college and sending out applications to med schools.  A med school in New York accepted her and she was ready to leave…the only problem was she had not yet told her boyfriend, Luke, of 4 years that she had been accepted, let alone that she applied. 


“Fine.  Leave.  If that’s what you want, then go.  I hope you find what you’re looking for, but know this – I won’t be waiting for you when you come back, ‘cause baby, you’ll be back.  This place is in your bones.  Mark my words.” 


Luke was right…Olivia is ready to come back home and begin practice as a neurologist.  Following their breakup, Luke drowned his sorrows in beer and wrote lyrics of a broken heart.   He was able to land a record deal because of those lyrics and he is now a successful singer/songwriter, but still claims Georgia as his home and enjoys coming back to his roots when he’s not on tour.


 Olivia is happy with her medical practice, her dog, and the occasional night out with her friends.  She is perfectly content with her solitary life.  She certainly wasn’t expecting to meet charismatic and sexy Nate.   Nate is not content to take “no” for an answer when it comes to Olivia.  He pursues her relentlessly and eventually Olivia gives in to the unexplainable chemistry between them and is willing to take a chance.  Nate and Olivia have a good thing going, but the relationship takes a turn that Olivia wasn’t prepared for.

“I’m falling hard for you.  The kind of falling where the words ‘I love you’ usually follow soon after, Liv.”


Besides Nate throwing her into a full blown roller coaster of unexpected emotions, she also has to deal with the arrival of Luke, and his presence is one that cannot be denied.  He is used to charming his way and he is definitely smooth with his words.  He didn’t get to be a star on his good looks alone.   As much as he wants to remain angry at Olivia for leaving him, he cannot deny that he misses what they had and that he has never had that kind of a relationship with another woman.  Luke is a gentleman and although he takes whatever he can get from Olivia, he knows that he cannot have her completely if she is with Nate.  He has his own way to fight for Olivia.


“Listen to my lyrics, they tell a story.”


Olivia finds herself in quite a conundrum – which  man will she give her heart to?  Which man will walk away gracefully but still with a broken heart to nurse?


“This is the end of the road for us.  Just know that I loved you and could’ve loved you more than any other woman if you had let me, but you couldn’t.  And it’s okay, baby.  I’m not mad.  I’m just hurt.”


Second chance love stories always pull at my heart strings and this one was no exception.  It is well written, with glimpses of the past being shown to us intermittently.  I prefer that style of writing rather than jumping back 10 years to have a chapter-by-chapter recollection.   Luke and Olivia had a beautiful love and it was sad to go back and read how it was given up.  I did have a hard time in my personal decision making process of which man I wanted her to be with. There is a happy ending for 2 people, and I am left with an impression that perhaps the one left behind will receive his own story. 


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