First & Last Series: Just One Reason by Kirsten DeMuzio
Just One Reason
As teenagers, Lindsay and Grady found a love together that few people are lucky enough to ever experience.
When Lindsay Ross decided to visit her aunt for the summer in a small lake town in New York, she didn’t expect anything other than an escape from her demanding parents. She certainly didn’t expect Grady Hawke. At the end of the summer, Lindsay and Grady made plans for their future and vowed to be together forever. Back in New York City, events beyond her control forced Lindsay to turn her back on Grady and their love.
Grady has spent the last five years trying to forget the one girl who broke his heart. But when Lindsay arrives back in town unannounced, will Grady get to know the woman she has become and find out the real reason she left him all those years ago? Or will he push her away for good?
I know I already reviewed this book, but after reading the first and third books in this series I wanted to go back and see how this one compared. It is very interesting because you can really see how the author grew as a writer between these books. Safe With You, the first book by this author, was really not good. The writing was bad and the story felt like it was not developed at all. I didn't care about any of the characters or anything that happened. Then in this book, Just One Reason, the second in this series, the written is so much better. The story is great, well developed and I really loved it. Lindsey and Grady were awesome and I still loved them and their story. Yes, the writing was a little clunky at times but the story was so good I didn't care. Plus it was a giant leap from what the first book was. Then I think about the third book, Fourth Down, and that one is even better. The writing is great, I don't remember any awkward bits, and the story made me so emotional. A great read and miles away from where the author starts. I think this is the first time I have ever really seen the progression, seen how the author has become a better writer through reading their books. It is like night and day for me from the first book to the third. It makes me think how I really do need to give authors more than one chance before writing them off. It could just be a bad book, could just be their first try and they will get better, it could be I just don't like the author. I am glad I read this book first, glad it made me want to read more by this author. Glad I got the chance to see how the author has grown through her work. My full review of Just One Reason is here. Now off to read the fourth book in the series and see how it compares. I don't know how the author can top Lindsey and Grady or Ford and Poppy.
Oh one more thing about these books. I really enjoy how they are set up. I like how one person from the next book is in the prior book. They know someone from the prior book, but not everyone else. It is not like a group of friends and they all pair off. The first book is about Taryn who is Lindsey's cousin. Lindsey's guy, Grady, is friends with Ford. Ford's girl Poppy is friends with Brooke who will be in the next book. The girls don't all know each other, are not all friends, and the guys don't all know each other and are friends too. I don't know if this makes sense, but you often see groups of friends falling for people in other groups at the same time and everything is sunshine and roses. The way these books are set up seems more realistic. More believable how everyone meets and finds their match. I don't know. I really like it. Off to read Bad Girlfriend now.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
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