"Back to Us is a unique romance about falling in love all over again. Colt is a great character that readers will be rooting for throughout the book. Suffering from memory loss, he needs to recall his past in order to move on with his future. The alternation between past and present timelines works well and while the story can be enjoyed as a standalone, it is further enhanced by the inclusion of all the characters from Next to You, the first book in the Phlox Beauty series." -RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"Ms. Gabriel's deeply moving storytelling evokes every facet of emotion from the reader. Not only does this book have standout characters, the city of New York shines in this tale. All in all, between the beautiful settings and the sweet and satisfying ending, this book is a winner!" - InD'Tale Magazine
When an assignment in the Middle East goes bad, adventure journalist Colt Buchanan comes home to New York and the love of his life, beauty mogul Zee Malisewski.
The only problem? She says they broke up four years ago.
Can there be a second chance at love for a man who can't remember ... and a woman determined not to forget?
The daughter of an actress, Zee Malisewski grew up on movie sets and in boarding schools. As an adult, she's built a life away from all that-and a successful cosmetics business with her best friend-in New York City. Men? They've come and gone. Mostly gone. She's sworn off the male species anyway, after her latest boyfriend tampers with her company's new product and nearly destroys everything she and her business partner have spent years working for. Now Zee wants a home of her own and she's done waiting for Prince Charming to show up and share it with her.
Adventure journalist Colt Buchanan grabbed his own bootstraps and yanked hard-leaving the poverty of his rural hometown behind for a scholarship to a fancy east coast college and then the bright lights of the big city. But when an assignment in the Middle East leaves his interview subject dead and Colt's memory riddled with holes you can drive a bus through, he comes back to the only place that's ever felt like home-the Manhattan apartment of a pretty Hollywood princess he never had any business wanting.
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Even though this is a second in sereis its a stand alone, and it didn't matter I hadn't read book one. I really enjoyed this story, felt so much for both characters and as before Julia doesn't just stick to a standard romance of man meets woman, they fall in love, have a hiccup and then a HEA. No, Julia adds more and that's what makes it perfect for me. Its not just that Colt and Zee were in love four years ago, not that they are perfect for each other, but that they somehow lost their way, had a big breakup but after being captured and tortured Colt had lost huge chunks of his memory, including the fact he doesn't live with Zee now.... Poor Zee comes home after a busy day, crawls into bed, only to find Colt in it. Colt who she's not heard from in four years after living with him for a while and he left! What a huge shock..and then he explains and she feels for him, but won't open her heart again, it took her too long to recover the first time. Since then she's had more issues with her love life, when her lover who worked for the company she and best friend Phlox own sabotaged it, and nearly brought it to collapse. Its taken hard work and money to keep things going, and somehow Zee feels all the blame, has lost confidence in her judgement so has sworn off men. And then Colt comes back, and she can feel him all over again, feel how right for her he is. Still, the reasons the broke up were solid, she can't let herself go that route again. Colt goes to stay with Max, her grandfather and the man who inadvertently brought them together. He was Max' writing professor, and there's still a lot of respect between them. Colt has literally just left hospital and doesn't know where he lives, doesn't have access to his bank, has memory loss, he's physically weak from being beaten and starved.The trauma has left him with nightmares so Max takes him in, although he's away for a few days. The first night he has a terrible nightmare, and in desparation somehow phones Zee, who collects him, takes him home and he ends up staying there for a few days til everything is sorted. Of course Zee can't stay in bed when she can hear him screaming in terror - who could, and slowly he works his way back into her heart. She won't tell him why they split up though, still trying to keep him at arms length and like Colt I was desperate to know. And when we did find out I was heartbroken for her, even though knowing Colt's background I can see why he made the decision he did. Poor Zee, still working long days, trying to assuage her guilt over the sabotage, trying to put things right even though it wasn't her fault, and now she's more pressure with Colt back in her orbit. He's determined to wear her down, to get her back. he knows that for him she's it,. and now he's a better sense of life priorities. Zee can't trust he's changed though, and she's her own background issues to contend with. her mother is famous, an award winning actress and for much of Zee's life she was dragged around, tutored privately and following her mother as she worked on yet another film. Her only stability came from her grandparents and after her grandmother died Max is the closest person in her life. Its a book full of love, full of small and bigger dramas and one I loved. Stars: five,a lovely story, sensual romance, with real issues and characters ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Her characters are always so interesting and unforgetable. Highly recommend. CB
A great second chance romance novel. This is a beautiful, emotional and touching story that hooks you from the start. The characters are wonderfully written and lovable. The story is sweet and romantic with a ending that won't disappoint you.
I was given a gifted copy by Story Cartel. Zee has felt abandoned all her life. Her mother is an actress and her career has always been first than her daughter. Max, her grandfather, is a teacher and his career has always been first than his granddaughter. Colt, a journalist and her first lover, his career has always been first than her girlfriend. Colt is a journalist and he travels all around the world trying to fulfill the assignments he has been given. Every time he goes away, he leaves Zee behind. But one day, while in an assignment in Afghanistan, everything changes for him. I have two different sensations about the book: I liked Colt’s parts, they are interesting and fresh and although the situation is very hard it is well-written. The dialogues are ok and I like Max’s parts. However, some of Zee’s parts are dull, boring and I kept going out of the story all the time. They are the parts where she is in her office, talking about fashion and cosmetics. The best part of the book is the one that makes us aware that life is very short to complicate it with nonsenses, we need to sort out what is really important in our lives and take care of them.