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While You're Away Part I: Our First Encounter

While You're Away Part I: Our First Encounter

3.8 7
by Jessa Holbrook
Once a cheater, always a cheater? 

From the moment Will and Sarah first set eyes upon each other, they know that what they have is special.

There's just one little problem . . . each of them already has a significant other.

After flirting with danger, it becomes clear their passion is too strong to be denied. But even if they

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While You're Away Part I: Our First Encounter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SUCH great dialogue and an amazing story. Can't wait to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i havent read the book yet, but from what i hear.... its pretty good :) all the reviews are extremely helpful. cant wait to read it!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars While You're Away is part one in a six-part serial novel.  It is very short and contains only six chapters, so it is really a quick read.  Sarah Westcott has been with her boyfriend Dave since they first met when she was a freshman in high school.  They are both musicians and play together, calling themselves Dasa.  Dave is a great guy and Sarah loves him, but she also gets really frustrated with him after the play somewhere because he always is surrounded by girls, the center of attention, and likes to flirt, though he would never cheat on her.  He's an all around great guy otherwise, but this one thing really grates on Sarah's nerves, though she tries not to let it show.  Will Spencer is the schools hot boy who all the girls dream about.  A former player, he is now the boyfriend of the girl whose house Sarah and Dave are playing at.  They bump into each other there, get to talking, and one thing leads to another and Will and Sarah find themselves in each other's arms.  The chemistry is electrifying between them, but the problem of each of them being involved with someone else is an issue.  Nevertheless, they can't deny what they feel for one another, which causes quite a dilemma.  I normally don't go for cheating novels, but this is nothing like your typical cheating novel.  First of all, they are in high school.  Sarah has had one boyfriend who she is comfortable with and loves, but is she really in love?  Dave has never made her heart pound or caused her to tingle and go weak in the knees, something just the sight of Will Spencer does.  Will has a reputation as a player, but Sarah sees a different side of him, or at least she hopes she does, and she thinks he is really honest about the way he feels about her.  The story is told from Sarah's point of view, so we really don't get to see what is going on inside Will's head.  While You're Away Part One introduces you to the characters and sets the stage for the rest of the installments.  It is really well written and captures your attention, while wetting your appetite as you look forward to the next course being served.  So far, I've enjoyed it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this first part. Can't wait to find out what happens next week!
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
"Was it just me?" "It wasn't just you." This was a great little series-starting novella. Jessa Holbrook did exactly what she should have done with this novella: hooked me. At 48 pages this was a ridiculously quick read. I devoured it. It was well-written with realistic dialogue and great characters that I connected with easily. Funny at times, sweet and sexy at other times, it was a great escape.  "Though his touch skimmed like a feather, it felt like a kiss. A whispered secret that carried an unexpected shot of heart. Caught short, I held a breath as I burned from the inside out. That urgent, animal reaction held me in place." I really liked Sarah. The story is told from her POV, so readers learn a lot about her through her internal dialogue. She's in a relationship with Dave, her music partner, but she's insecure. Dave goes a little "rock god" and seems to enjoy their fans' (especially pretty female ones) attention a little more than Sarah is comfortable with. She meets Will, the biggest player in their school, one night after a performance. They had a strong, immediate attraction to each other. Will was swoony. Flawed, but swoony. Sarah sees more under his playboy exterior and I can't wait to learn more myself.  "I didn't care that we were basically strangers. That I'd never been like this with anybody. That this was probably wrong. In fact, that seemed to be a reason to keep going. I'd seen a Will no one else had seen. The secret in his pale eyes, the real him that he shrouded in big smiles and lazy flirtation." I do feel like the blurb is a little misleading, however. Readers should be aware this isn't a full story as the blurb suggests. The majority of the first book centers on Sarah and Will's first meeting and the powerful connection they feel with each other, despite the fact that they are each in a relationship with someone else. It also deals with the guilt Sarah feels for her actions that night and the start of her "affair" with Will. I have very mixed feelings about cheating in books, but it was hard NOT to connect with Sarah and Will and cheer for them, given the obvious chemistry they have. But if you're sensitive about cheating in books, you might want to steer clear of this one.  "This felt like the beginning of something. A seduction that dared me to imagine what might come next. I felt like I'd be waiting for this. Needing it, without even knowing it." If, however, you believe sometimes people are just meant to be together, despite their current situation, and that nothing can stop destiny, this could be the series for you. (Of course, I say this after reading only the first novella and having no idea where the story ultimately ends up. But I have my hopes.) If you're a fan of the passion and intensity of young love, even when it comes with some angst and turmoil, definitely pick this one up. I have the other five novellas in this series all queued up on my iPad. I can't wait to read more! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version.