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Hannah Shephard likes her life, her job, and her perfectly cozy apartment around the corner from her shop. She’s never been one to take big risks and would much rather stay in on a Friday night with a warm cup of decaf and her favorite mystery novel, so why do her friends insist she needs more? Plus, Hannah has bigger problems to focus on. She’s in trouble. Well, her books Hannah Shephard likes her life, her job, and her perfectly cozy apartment around the corner from her shop. She’s never been one to take big risks and would much rather stay in on a Friday night with a warm cup of decaf and her favorite mystery novel, so why do her friends insist she needs more? Plus, Hannah has bigger problems to focus on. She’s in trouble. Well, her bookstore is, and if she doesn’t find a way to bring in some more cash, she’ll be closing the doors of A Likely Story for good. When world famous romance novelist Parker Bristow accepts her request to come in for a signing, Hannah might finally be able to drum up some much-needed attention and save the shop. What she didn’t anticipate was an unexpected evening and a woman she wouldn’t soon forget. A real romance is off the table. Parker is flashy, sought after, and Hannah is just, well, Hannah. But for Parker, it seems like Hannah might be a safe place to fall. The question is, what kind of falling are they doing?


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Hannah Shephard likes her life, her job, and her perfectly cozy apartment around the corner from her shop. She’s never been one to take big risks and would much rather stay in on a Friday night with a warm cup of decaf and her favorite mystery novel, so why do her friends insist she needs more? Plus, Hannah has bigger problems to focus on. She’s in trouble. Well, her books Hannah Shephard likes her life, her job, and her perfectly cozy apartment around the corner from her shop. She’s never been one to take big risks and would much rather stay in on a Friday night with a warm cup of decaf and her favorite mystery novel, so why do her friends insist she needs more? Plus, Hannah has bigger problems to focus on. She’s in trouble. Well, her bookstore is, and if she doesn’t find a way to bring in some more cash, she’ll be closing the doors of A Likely Story for good. When world famous romance novelist Parker Bristow accepts her request to come in for a signing, Hannah might finally be able to drum up some much-needed attention and save the shop. What she didn’t anticipate was an unexpected evening and a woman she wouldn’t soon forget. A real romance is off the table. Parker is flashy, sought after, and Hannah is just, well, Hannah. But for Parker, it seems like Hannah might be a safe place to fall. The question is, what kind of falling are they doing?

30 review for Back to September

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    4.50 Stars. This was Brayden in all her usual brilliance. Brayden is the queen of lesfic romance and I’m not overstating when I say that. This was everything I was hoping for. It’s so nice to read authors like Brayden where you expect a great book and she almost always delivers. I absolutely recommend this one to romance fans. This is a story about Hannah who owns a small bookstore. The store is struggling to stay afloat so Hannah takes a chance on getting a popular romance author, named Parker, 4.50 Stars. This was Brayden in all her usual brilliance. Brayden is the queen of lesfic romance and I’m not overstating when I say that. This was everything I was hoping for. It’s so nice to read authors like Brayden where you expect a great book and she almost always delivers. I absolutely recommend this one to romance fans. This is a story about Hannah who owns a small bookstore. The store is struggling to stay afloat so Hannah takes a chance on getting a popular romance author, named Parker, to her store for a book signing. The two meet and have an instant connection. A connection that is so strong that both of their lives will be changed forever. I’m a big first person fan, especially if it is done well. I think it makes sense to do it in romance when the author wants to hide from the reader what the character, who’s POV we are NOT in, is thinking. We have to figure out from words and little clues what that character actually feels and what their true intentions are. Unlike third person writing where you often know how both characters feel and think. I like the little mystery of first person and that we are along for the ride with the characters whose headspace we are in, in this case it was Hannah. Hannah is a fantastic character. Of course you are closer to her being in her POV but she was wonderful. A little quirky, witty, and honest with her feeling which I really liked. Hannah is not perfect and has her own flaws but she is a person you would want to know. Parker is the more flawed of the two characters. She is fun loving, sexy, and draws people to her, but she has her baggage that affects her to this day. These two likeable but flawed characters worked really well together. This book is all about the romance of course. The chemistry is really nice and believable. The dialogue is fantastic in the romantic parts but also the parts with tension. I sometimes think Brayden doesn’t get enough credit for her dialogue. This romance does include plenty of drama and angst. It’s interesting that I actually think I like Brayden’s books that have a bit more drama to them. This book stomped on my heart a bit, I kept grabbing the tissues, but the flow and timing of the angst and dramatic parts is really well done. You believe the journey these two go on which includes a good ending that does NOT feel rushed. I hate to mention this but the cover does not work for me. September is an important month to the characters so I get the tittle. But you show the month of September with a woman with a thick winter hat on? Come on we don’t wear winter hats in New England in September. Our blood is thick from the harsh winters, we don’t wear winter hats until we damn well have too. We usually have a late summer heatwave in September and are in the 70-80’s. The cover just makes no sense. When my only big complaint is the cover, I know I have a hit on my hands. If you are a Brayden fan, especially of her books that have a little more drama in them, I think you will love this. If you are a romance fan and have not read Brayden before, you might as well start here. It’s always such a treat to get my hands on a new Brayden book, I just hope we don’t have to wait too long for her next. An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review' **'Sometimes a few sentence can be enough to fill any reader's imagination completely.And sometimes a book's title is enough..Composition is a discipline, it forces us as readers to think or imagine..' 'BACK TO SEPTEMBER' can best be described as a gorgeously rendered, risk filled narration of a friendship turning to a relationship threatened to be derail by fear, guilt and long distance that was set against the bac 'ARC provided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for a honest review' **'Sometimes a few sentence can be enough to fill any reader's imagination completely.And sometimes a book's title is enough..Composition is a discipline, it forces us as readers to think or imagine..' 'BACK TO SEPTEMBER' can best be described as a gorgeously rendered, risk filled narration of a friendship turning to a relationship threatened to be derail by fear, guilt and long distance that was set against the backdrop of the literary world. Or it's a rare romantic story that has Ms.Brayden capturing the utter joy and attentiveness felt when someone meets that special someone else whose energy and passion has this sincerity that might shape their life forever -- if both are open to acceptance of that genuine Love. When Parker, a talented and accomplished author meets Hannah, a struggling bookstore owner, the stars seem to align. Although both came from different backgrounds, they did discover in each other the happy yearning and exhilaration of a close friendship then within a few days enthusiastic lovers -- that left a lasting impression on both. Interested readers will come to be aware of their many intimate moments and shifting ways in which both are on the defense in revealing their truth about the nature of this close friendship before moving forward as lovers. Above all, 'BACK TO SEPTEMBER' can also be read as a feel-good evocative story of Love and honesty, well written, offering both a penetrating and exquisite portrait of heartwarming intimacy of prolong physical longings while sometimes in the state of abject loneliness. The tell tale chemistry and nicely interwoven storyline of these two leading ladies along with their friends and family stayed with me long after and will continue for a long time --- and that, to me, is the mark of a truly good read. A highly recommended book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Corporate Slave

    Melissa Brayden is good for your heart!! The storytelling was brilliant, amazing dialogue, and incredible writing style! This is a very solid book as expected from the author :) What I liked most about this specific book is the characters! Parker was just sexy, kick ass and obviously brilliant at what she does. But then she really didn’t do Hannah well and normally I should’ve been very pissed off at her, but the brilliance of the author made me “feel her”.. I could understand why she did what sh Melissa Brayden is good for your heart!! The storytelling was brilliant, amazing dialogue, and incredible writing style! This is a very solid book as expected from the author :) What I liked most about this specific book is the characters! Parker was just sexy, kick ass and obviously brilliant at what she does. But then she really didn’t do Hannah well and normally I should’ve been very pissed off at her, but the brilliance of the author made me “feel her”.. I could understand why she did what she did, and I was rooting for forgiveness all along!! Now Hannah, god bless her she’s a gem :) I just wish we had more Hannah in the world :) This was such a romantic book! Just pure romance and love and good feelings! It had the right amount of angst, very hot sex scenes and a fair amount of wine :) What more would you want? I totally recommend this book and I suggest you read it on the couch, with a Pinot Noir and cuddled up on a lazy Sunday! P.S: it’s been a while since I laughed at one specific scene that I won’t forget for a while! (Pop star sex scene in the cabin. And no I’m not spoiling this ladies, it won’t affect the story here at all don’t worry). My rating is a 4.25.. “I received an ARC for an honest review.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    So many great reviews already out there for this book so I'll keep this short. First off, I liked the book well enough but was I over the moon for it? No. Despite liking some of the characters and enjoying their character arc and personal growth, I had a hard time connecting with some of the other characters and was left feeling a little frustrated after the book ended. Although I liked the chemistry and flirty moments a lot between Hannah and Parker, I wish we had more time and scenes with the So many great reviews already out there for this book so I'll keep this short. First off, I liked the book well enough but was I over the moon for it? No. Despite liking some of the characters and enjoying their character arc and personal growth, I had a hard time connecting with some of the other characters and was left feeling a little frustrated after the book ended. Although I liked the chemistry and flirty moments a lot between Hannah and Parker, I wish we had more time and scenes with the two of them together. Personal interaction > telephone calls. Also did the story line with the vapid singing Barbie who turns into a banshee during certain *ahem* moments have to be that long? Not my favorite by far by MB but I'm already looking forward to her next book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jude in the Stars

    There’s been a lot of internal screaming while I was reading this book. And ache. Because it’s so good. Melissa Brayden is an automatic read for me at this point, and I didn’t even glance at the blurb before opening her latest book. So it came as a very good surprise that, as a romance writer, she created a character who is some sort of a book snob and won’t showcase a book in her bookstore because it’s a romance novel. « I’d read a handful in my teens and enjoyed them well enough, that is, unti There’s been a lot of internal screaming while I was reading this book. And ache. Because it’s so good. Melissa Brayden is an automatic read for me at this point, and I didn’t even glance at the blurb before opening her latest book. So it came as a very good surprise that, as a romance writer, she created a character who is some sort of a book snob and won’t showcase a book in her bookstore because it’s a romance novel. « I’d read a handful in my teens and enjoyed them well enough, that is, until I outgrew them. » Yeah, Hannah Shephard is one of those. Brilliant idea. And so of course she had to fall for the author of said book, Parker Bristow, because how could she not? Then Brayden did something I definitely didn’t expect: she stopped everything right there. I guess even smart people can be stupid sometimes. I mean, Parker and Hannah get along really well, the chemistry is out of this world and they go on to get other girlfriends? What are you thinking, people?! That’s me, screaming in my head. I want to be clear that I wasn’t screaming at the author (that has happened with others, never with Brayden) but at the characters. Their behaviour was believable, and they both had their reasons – and baggage – to act the way they did, I simply didn’t want them to. Also, I don’t do conflict. I hate it. It makes me want to throw punches and that’s not me. That weekend at the resort? Argh. So it’s fair to say I had a lot of feelings. Which, in truth, couldn’t make me happier. I loved this book. If I didn’t have so many yet-unread books on my list, I’d probably read it again, like right now. I love Melissa Brayden’s books, I love the way she writes, I love the characters she creates (I think I’ll always be a little bit in love with Jessica Lennox), I love that some are lesbians and some – like Hannah – are bisexual and it doesn’t feel artificial, I love the wit and the quirkiness, and, most of all, I love the dialogue. I’ve rated every Brayden book I’ve read (I still have a few to discover) 5*, which I’m willing to admit is, in some cases, probably a tad overrated, but it’s all because of all these feelings and the dialogue. I’m a sucker for playful banter and heartfelt declarations of love, and Melissa Brayden writes both (and more) splendidly. Hence the 5*, once more. I received a copy from the publisher and I am voluntarily leaving a review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    MJS

    ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ok... I’m going to be the outlier here, because a quick glance at the reviews shows me that people loved this.... and I did not. In fact, it was almost a DNF, and I never thought I’d say that about a Brayden book. This was my final ARC from last month, I usually leave Brayden’s books til last since she can be counted on for a sweet, lovely romance. This was, well, not quite that. I can’t say why I didn’t like this book without majorly ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ok... I’m going to be the outlier here, because a quick glance at the reviews shows me that people loved this.... and I did not. In fact, it was almost a DNF, and I never thought I’d say that about a Brayden book. This was my final ARC from last month, I usually leave Brayden’s books til last since she can be counted on for a sweet, lovely romance. This was, well, not quite that. I can’t say why I didn’t like this book without majorly spoiling it, so a general review appears below and then the more detailed stuff appears under the tag. So, first things first, MC Hannah owns a bookstore, has an eclectic band of part time workers, a loving step-sister and is sweet as pie. MC Parker is a romance novelist who stops in to do a book signing. The two hit it off right away, and hook up not long after. This was the first surprise, because what I like about Brayden books is we usually get the nice build up to the romance, and this seemed very quick. What happens after this made me dislike Parker and pretty much everything that happened from that point on made me dislike her more. Brayden attempts to make her a more sympathetic character by giving her a cliched bad childhood but... nope. I pretty much just thought she was an ass the whole way through. I read some of the other reviews and saw they loved the romance, and while there is chemistry between the leads (complete with cute banter) and they definitely clicked, Parker’s treatment of Hannah (in multiple crappy ways) was just... unforgivable. I also thought the ‘drama’ that lead to them reconciling was ridiculous, no one as ‘plugged in’ as Parker wouldn’t realise that doing that wouldn’t upset people who cared about her. Hannah was delightful, except for her terrible habit of forgiving Parker for truly shitty things. I wish she had stuck to her guns and not let Parker back in. I did not want them to end up together and this is the first time I finished a Brayden novel where I didn’t care about the HEA. (view spoiler)[ Can’t say as I thought Parker hooking up with Hannah, then dropping her cold, getting another girlfriend and then ringing Hannah months later and saying, ‘oh.. I’d like to be your friend’ was all that romantic. Hannah should have hung up. One of my least favourite tropes is watching two MCs date other people before getting together, it was worse here because they’d already BEEN together, and neither girlfriend was interesting but Parker’s was vapid and obnoxious (and really made her look shallow and stupid by extension). Parker then inviting Hannah on a double couples trip and proceeding to have sex with her girlfriend in the room next to Hannah’s, knowing she’d likely hear that, was just... seriously, I don’t have words for how gross that was. I almost put the book down then. I wasn’t blown away by the reconciliation, but was willing to hang in there, I figured there’d be some Brayden magic to wash this stuff away, but no... instead we get treated to Parker just leaving Hannah in the hospital after a terrible trauma (and no, what she later revealed did not make that in any way better). I seriously could not believe Hannah would even want to get back with her and it made me think less of her, which annoyed me, because I loved Hannah and she deserved better. Nothing that happened at the end of the book redeemed Parker to me. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tiff

    Can we all take a second to jump up and down that Melissa Brayden has a new book out? You can stay seated but know, I jumped up and down with excitement and glee. The books Brayden writes just bring me so much happiness and joy. I live for her stories, her amazing characters, and their witty dialogue. Back to September does not let me down. What a wonderful book! Hannah Shephard’s book store is in trouble. It’s in the red and even though it’s in an amazing location in Providence, it just does not Can we all take a second to jump up and down that Melissa Brayden has a new book out? You can stay seated but know, I jumped up and down with excitement and glee. The books Brayden writes just bring me so much happiness and joy. I live for her stories, her amazing characters, and their witty dialogue. Back to September does not let me down. What a wonderful book! Hannah Shephard’s book store is in trouble. It’s in the red and even though it’s in an amazing location in Providence, it just does not have enough foot traffic to keep the lights on much longer. Hannah is a bit of a loner. She keeps to herself and her circle of friends, while amazing is very small. She likes it that way, she enjoys her solitude and thinks other than that her business woes life is perfect just the way it is. Luna, a friend/employee talks her boss into taking a chance on romance. Parker Bristow is the queen of romance. Her books are best sellers and she has become a superstar in Hollywood. She is known for her books, her looks, and her on-screen personality. Parker’s people book her a book signing at A Likely Story, Hannah’s shop. The rest is history! Out two mains hit it off right from the first meeting. They just have that chemistry, they know it and you as the reader can just feel it jumping right of the page. One problem, they don’t live in the same towns or move in the same circles. Time and distance keep pulling these two apart. You follow their journey navigating fears and self-doubt. No doubt you will feel emotionally tied to these two. Brayden writes in such a way you as the reader feel their struggles and share in their joy. Back to September is a delightful story, with a lot of a bit of heart and a little bit of heartache. As always, anything by Melissa Brayden is worth reading, and this is one is no exception. As always I am excited about the next one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sprinkles

    I went into this book with a bit of guilt, strangely enough. I'd scored big time by getting an ARC midway into October, but then life just knocked me over and I didn't want that kind of stress affecting my reading experience. So, here I am in November, finally finished and I'm glad I'd waited. This, this right here, is a very lovely book. It gave me the feels, which is exactly what Melissa Brayden was put on this planet to do for us wlw readers. And I'll be honest: I really avoid first-person boo I went into this book with a bit of guilt, strangely enough. I'd scored big time by getting an ARC midway into October, but then life just knocked me over and I didn't want that kind of stress affecting my reading experience. So, here I am in November, finally finished and I'm glad I'd waited. This, this right here, is a very lovely book. It gave me the feels, which is exactly what Melissa Brayden was put on this planet to do for us wlw readers. And I'll be honest: I really avoid first-person books 95% of the time. Even Back to September, a superb story, probably would've been even better in third person, where we could delve a bit more into Parker's psyche and how her past affected her current relationships. Let me backtrack: though first-person narratives aren't my taste, Brayden knocked this out of the park as far as my expectations go. I view first-person like the main character never shutting up and Brayden's characters, well...never shut up, so I was a bit worried. Thankfully, I fell into step pretty seamlessly, as Hannah's character and her world were quite interesting. I loved the setting of a bookstore. It's so comforting and familiar. Though I'm a Kindle-reader, I still frequent bookstores sometimes out of relaxation. It's cool to see what's popular or what authors I should keep an eye on. Plus, the covers and variation and pictures and—well, here I go gushing about books when I should be gushing over this story, haha. Once Parker walked into the room and her and Hannah's eyes met, I was absolutely down for this romance. Wow, wow, wow I couldn't get enough of their interactions. Is...is Brayden usually this spicy, too? I felt like I got more than her usual share of (HOT!) sex scenes and I'm not complaining! Well done. It also seems like Brayden mixed it up a bit in her approach, which I really appreciated. It allowed me to trust her (let's be real, I usually trust her) to guide me through a delicious love story. I'm already a sucker for celebrity girl-meets-girl romances, anyways. And I went into this book without even reading the blurb. I just knew I had to have it. Per usual, I have a few Brayden-centric nitpicks. A certain lack of voice variation: there were a few instances where very different characters used the same distinct words, but not enough to bother me this time around. I'm also seeing her continued affinity for blonde-haired characters. The pop star character felt a little cliché; I wish she'd had more layers so that I would've viewed her as at least a small threat. The ending drama and angst...hmm, were they resolved well? I think so. Were they resolved a little too quickly/neatly? Yeah, probably. I'll let it slide, but I was still kind of angry at the character who effed up as they were already making up. I don't like when that happens. Still, this is so freaking romantic. It made me so giddy. Be giddy with me, too, and read this, people! ☆ This copy was provided by NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books Inc. in exchange for an honest review. ☆

  9. 5 out of 5

    Agirlcandream

    First off, I loved the opening chapters featuring the struggles of our erstwhile bookseller Hannah Shepherd. How can you not love a book which opens with “Good morning, books,” when she opens A Likely Story each morning. Brayden touches on the reality of bookstores and their lack of sales and as an ebook reader I am sorry to see the small stores closing down. I do feel guilty, I do. I also liked her characters discussion on Hannah being a book snob, assuming romance novels are shallow and read by First off, I loved the opening chapters featuring the struggles of our erstwhile bookseller Hannah Shepherd. How can you not love a book which opens with “Good morning, books,” when she opens A Likely Story each morning. Brayden touches on the reality of bookstores and their lack of sales and as an ebook reader I am sorry to see the small stores closing down. I do feel guilty, I do. I also liked her characters discussion on Hannah being a book snob, assuming romance novels are shallow and read by your aunties, the ones without college degrees. Parker Bristow, as famous as Nora Roberts and much, much, much sexier changes Hannah’s attitude and wow, I was in full agreement with her fanbase. It’s a credit to this author’s writing skills that her characters can convey so much heat and attraction simply in a glance or a clever remark. I found this to be a quick and delicious read. Hannah deserves a medal for all she puts up with after their initial amazing getaway in Mystic. First person point of view adds drama as we readers try to figure out what is going on inside Parker’s brain to behave the way she does. Once again kudos to Brayden for allowing their relationship to develop the way it does despite the road blocks thrown up on their path to happiness. Nicely done ARC received with thanks from publisher via NetGalley for review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    4.5 stars I was not anticipating this simple romance novel to jar me so completely. There is no arguing that Melissa Brayden is a terrific writer. In the world of lesfic shes top notch with her ability to completely suck you in. In the worlds she creates, her characters are real, flawed, and undeniably relatable. The novel tells the story of Hannah, an indie bookstore owner, who falls in love with hotshot writer Parker. They fall in love against all odds and under difficult circumstances. It was 4.5 stars I was not anticipating this simple romance novel to jar me so completely. There is no arguing that Melissa Brayden is a terrific writer. In the world of lesfic shes top notch with her ability to completely suck you in. In the worlds she creates, her characters are real, flawed, and undeniably relatable. The novel tells the story of Hannah, an indie bookstore owner, who falls in love with hotshot writer Parker. They fall in love against all odds and under difficult circumstances. It was the first time in a long while that I wondered if the two main characters should be together at all. Trust can be a difficult thing to achieve. It’s fragile and easily broken. In a relationship without it, you should ask yourself if the relationship should even exist at all. Hannah’s trust was broken more than once. Perhaps this tale hits a bit too close to home. Perhaps I’m simply more spiteful than Hannah. Or perhaps if I had my own “fantastical novel-worthy romance” I’d feel differently, but I’m not so sure Parker should have been so easily forgiven. But Hannah forgave her. The question is, why? Because she’s attractive? Because the sex is good? Because she’s still in love? Yes maybe this event was the the catalyst for Parker to become a better partner, but that doesn’t change the fact that it happened. Parker showed remorse. Hell she even showed that she can change but it still doesn’t negate her actions. It’s quite possible that Hannah is a better, more forgiving, person than I. The moral is if the relationship is once in a lifetime, you have to work at it. They don’t come easy. Above all else, this book gave me pause. It forced me to sit back to consider my own thoughts and feelings. You should form your own opinion because I don’t know how reliable mine is at the moment. I would recommend this one for sure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    You can't go wrong with a Melissa Brayden romance. Seriously, you can't. Buy all of her books. Hannah is a semi book snobbish owner of a book store. She prefers the classics to romance novels. An employee convinces her to showcase a romantic new release and try to get the author to visit on a book tour to drum up a bit of publicity for the shop. Since it hasn't been fairing well financially. Parker is a celebrity romance author as a result of her sharp wit and social media commentary. She meets H You can't go wrong with a Melissa Brayden romance. Seriously, you can't. Buy all of her books. Hannah is a semi book snobbish owner of a book store. She prefers the classics to romance novels. An employee convinces her to showcase a romantic new release and try to get the author to visit on a book tour to drum up a bit of publicity for the shop. Since it hasn't been fairing well financially. Parker is a celebrity romance author as a result of her sharp wit and social media commentary. She meets Hannah at her book store, 'A Likely Story' and becomes instantly smitten. This is a story of falling for someone that you probably shouldn't. Different professions, different lifestyles, different upbringings, different states, different future goals, etc. Absolutely nothing that would point to a compatible coupling. But Brayden sure has a way of creating an emotional type of compatibility between her leads, making you root for them against all odds. Great settings, cute interactions, and realistic dialogue. You can feel yourself falling right there with these two. That makes it doubly heartbreaking as the two of them fumble and stumble, making mistakes, and genuinely frustrating the hell out of you as you follow their journey. I really enjoyed this one. It beat me up. I cried. Then I was put back together. Why do I continue to enter into this type of relationship with Braydens' books?! I recommend this to people who love romance, books, self employment, Providence, Texas, LA, celebrity, social media, and being frustrated to the end of earth and back. I received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rosi

    When I see a new book available from this author, I don't doubt it for a moment because I know it won't let me down. As for romance novels they have everything I look for: they have a good story that develops with coherence, their protagonists have depth and reflect their actions, there is consistent dialogue and there is always chemistry and a lot of feeling. This time the story involves two very different women in terms of personality and professional level. Hannah is the owner of a bookstore i When I see a new book available from this author, I don't doubt it for a moment because I know it won't let me down. As for romance novels they have everything I look for: they have a good story that develops with coherence, their protagonists have depth and reflect their actions, there is consistent dialogue and there is always chemistry and a lot of feeling. This time the story involves two very different women in terms of personality and professional level. Hannah is the owner of a bookstore in which she makes a lot of effort to make it profitable but does not seem to get it. Until a coincidence makes a successful writer, Parker, arrange a book signing in her store. Of course Parker and Hannah connect immediately but they are from worlds so different that nothing lasting can be expected. From the first meeting their story unfolds between ups and downs, with some questionable decisions from them, especially Parker. And being narrated in first person from Hannah's POV, these questionable Parker's decisions become more difficult to understand. But they both put great effort into staying connected, even if only at a friendly level although this is quite difficult given the undeniable attraction. Of course, there is some angst, doubts and almost resign, but that can't happen at all. It is only for an amplified resolution as far as feelings are concerned. With this book you’ll face excellent moments of pure romance, so that you know. An advanced reading copy has been sent to me by the publisher Bold Strokes Books through Netgalley for my honest review

  13. 5 out of 5

    CLo

    Whenever you pick up a Melissa Brayden book you know are picking up a quality romance with lovable characters and a good story line. Back to September is no different. It's filled with angst created only by the main characters which is nice because most of the time drama/angst is created from outside sources (if that makes sense). I'll be honest, this one took me until the introduction of Parker to real get into but once I did, I almost couldn't put it down. Brayden does a great job with dialogu Whenever you pick up a Melissa Brayden book you know are picking up a quality romance with lovable characters and a good story line. Back to September is no different. It's filled with angst created only by the main characters which is nice because most of the time drama/angst is created from outside sources (if that makes sense). I'll be honest, this one took me until the introduction of Parker to real get into but once I did, I almost couldn't put it down. Brayden does a great job with dialogue between characters. It's so real and the interactions are easy to picture in you mind as you read. Now about the story itself. Like I mentioned it took a bit for me to get into enough to want to keep reading it. Not that the characters in the beginning weren't great, it's really just a mood I've been in reading. But, once Parker was brought in all was right in the reading realm. It did drag on a bit when the two mains finally "got together" and that's when I almost put it down. I almost wasn't too crazy about how it all came together in the end but I honestly don't know how else it could have happened...and despite that I am so very glad it did end that way because it made me smile. Any book that makes me smile is worth a read to me. I give it 4.45 stars because while it's a really great read there was just something missing for me in the last quarter of the book...or maybe I just have a too high opinion of Brayden's works. Regardless, if you have read any of works and liked or loved them, then this book should definitely be on your read list. ***Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review from me***

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bugs

    I've recently become a big fan of Melissa Brayden's books, although, I must say, I didn't catch the Brayden bug until much later. Yeh, until I read her last book, "Beautiful Dreamer," which sealed the deal for me. My all-time favourite Brayden book yet. Something to be said about one's first, eh? Anyway, since then, I'd raced through her entire catalogue and got all caught up. So, when her latest outing, "Back to September," was released, I had to explore it, obviously. First off, as I began read I've recently become a big fan of Melissa Brayden's books, although, I must say, I didn't catch the Brayden bug until much later. Yeh, until I read her last book, "Beautiful Dreamer," which sealed the deal for me. My all-time favourite Brayden book yet. Something to be said about one's first, eh? Anyway, since then, I'd raced through her entire catalogue and got all caught up. So, when her latest outing, "Back to September," was released, I had to explore it, obviously. First off, as I began reading it, I couldn't help but be reminded of one of my favourite movies, "Notting Hill," because the setup sure had the feel of it - a small bookshop, an eccentric staff, bookstore owner encountering a celebrity in the shop, mutual attraction strikes, celebrity visiting owner's home from the get-go, striking a nice, breezy, smooth, natural chemistry between them. In this case, Hugh Grant's character was Hannah, the MC. Speaking of, this story was written in first-person narrative, from Hannah's sole POV. As for Julia Roberts' famous actor-celebrity character, it was Parker, a renowned romance author, the story's other MC. But since this story was written solely as Hannah's journey, I didn't get a chance to get to know Parker's character as well as Hannah's. Another point of reference to "Notting Hill" was the fact that Hannah was never a fan of romance fiction because she never believed in HEAs. Hence, she didn't have any clue about Parker's work. But after an encounter with the alluring and charming Parker, she decided to give romance fiction a chance by reading Parker's latest release. Remember Hugh Grant's character not knowing Julia Roberts' films because he was never interested in her movies until after their serendipitous encounter? Aha! So, reading the beginning of Parker and Hannah's journey of romance was a delightfully interesting bit for me because hey, I love "Notting Hill," and anyone paying homage to it especially in lesbian romance deserves my absolute attention! And who better to write it than Brayden, our generation's Queen of Romance, eh? Well done and cheers for that, Ms. Brayden! Full commentary here... In Bugs' Own Words **I was given, with much thanks and appreciation, an ARC of this book, by BSB, in return for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Oh My God! This has to be one of the best contemporary romance novels I’ve read in quite a while. Melissa Brayden has outdone herself with Back to September, and that is saying something since she is such an outstanding contemporary romance author. Ms. Brayden tells this story through the eyes of Hannah Shephard using first person POV. Hannah is the owner of a small bookstore in Providence, Rhode Island called A Likely Story. The business is struggling to stay afloat, and Hannah decides to try an Oh My God! This has to be one of the best contemporary romance novels I’ve read in quite a while. Melissa Brayden has outdone herself with Back to September, and that is saying something since she is such an outstanding contemporary romance author. Ms. Brayden tells this story through the eyes of Hannah Shephard using first person POV. Hannah is the owner of a small bookstore in Providence, Rhode Island called A Likely Story. The business is struggling to stay afloat, and Hannah decides to try and get a famous author to do a signing in the store to drum up business. When she meets celebrity romance author Parker Bristow, her whole world changes, not just her bookstore. Thus begins a story filled with romance, love, steamy sex, and of course some tear-creating angst. It has been a long time since I’ve read a book that caused me to feel so many emotions in such a short period of time. The chemistry between these two characters is absolutely electric. Seeing the story through Hannah’s eyes made me fall a little in love with her (Shh, don’t tell my wife). Using a small independent bookstore as the main setting just made the story even more wonderful. Ms. Brayden created a beautiful world that I happily fell into and didn’t want to leave when I reached the last page. Back to September is definitely one of my favorite books of this year. You really must give this novel a try. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JulesGP

    A famous romance author does a book signing at a quaint, cozy shop in Providence, RI. Mega fireworks ignite between the celebrity and the down to earth store owner. There’s plenty of steam and good banter that’ll leave you grinning. Back and forth angst. Just enough humor to keep it from getting heavy. Save this one for when you’re feeling down or out of sorts because it’s warm breezes and sunshine most of the way. Not to say it’s all fluff because Brayden is a class A wordsmith who can write me A famous romance author does a book signing at a quaint, cozy shop in Providence, RI. Mega fireworks ignite between the celebrity and the down to earth store owner. There’s plenty of steam and good banter that’ll leave you grinning. Back and forth angst. Just enough humor to keep it from getting heavy. Save this one for when you’re feeling down or out of sorts because it’s warm breezes and sunshine most of the way. Not to say it’s all fluff because Brayden is a class A wordsmith who can write memorable characters and tight passages as well as anybody. Expect a good cry because that always makes the HEA that much sweeter. I have the advantage of only having read three Brayden books so her writing is still new to me and it’s bliss. 4.6 stars because it was good enough to steal my sleep. Read arc in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Luce

    5 Stars – Brayden is Back in Back to September! For whatever reason and unlike most readers, I couldn’t get into Brayden’s Seven Shores series. For the most part I loved her previous books. The first book of the series, Eyes Like Those, I stopped and started but I couldn’t finish. I even tried the audiobook. I was so disappointed; I didn’t pick up any of her new books. Therefore, I haven’t read a new Brayden in quite a while. This book came up on my Netgalley list and I decided to give it a shot. 5 Stars – Brayden is Back in Back to September! For whatever reason and unlike most readers, I couldn’t get into Brayden’s Seven Shores series. For the most part I loved her previous books. The first book of the series, Eyes Like Those, I stopped and started but I couldn’t finish. I even tried the audiobook. I was so disappointed; I didn’t pick up any of her new books. Therefore, I haven’t read a new Brayden in quite a while. This book came up on my Netgalley list and I decided to give it a shot. Brayden is Back in Back to September! I was so happy because I could not put it down. Hannah Shephard owns a small bookshop in Providence, RI, just a couple of blocks from the main drag. An ideal location. She did well the first few years, but now the bookshop is in trouble. She has two longtime part-time employees, Luna and Kurt. They are loyal to Hannah and love working there, despite the minimal pay. Luna convinces Hannah to request THE best-selling romance author, Parker Bristow to stop by for a book signing during her tour. In truth, Hannah admits she is a book snob. She doesn’t understand how people can love the whole romance genre. But they sell a lot and to her surprise, Parker agrees to visit her store. Needless to say, the book signing brings in a large crowd of book buyers and even a local TV news crew. Parker is not just an author, but a celebrity with a large twitter following and a media darling. Hannah is impressed that Parker is as kind as she is beautiful. This is told in Hannah’s point of view. I think it was very effective to really get to know Hannah and yet Parker is sometimes a bit of a mystery. Or in other words, you sometimes you just want to ask Parker “What the hell were you thinking?” I loved all the characters. You want to be in Hannah’s small circle of friends and I suppose you are when you read this book. I want Hannah or Lola to match me with my perfect book(s). You’ll probably disagree, but Hannah and her sister, Bo reminded me of the relationship of the TV series sisters Kara/Supergirl and Alex. (This stuff pops into your (my) head when you are sleep deprived). Hannah’s Perfect Match also reminded me of my favorite Podcast – Modern Mrs. Darcy’s “What Should I read Next? Anne Bogel asks a reader every week, what are 3 books they loved and one book they “didn’t” and she will give them recommendations. Granted I don’t read the majority of the books they discuss but I just enjoy listening to book lovers talk books. https://modernmrsdarcy.com/what-shoul... Another side note - Sad news. One of my favorite independent bookstores is very close to shutting down if they don't find a buyer ASAP. It's called Mysterious Galaxy and it specializes in Mysteries and SciFi/Fantasy/Paranormal etc. Its a relatively large store so it was a surprise to me. They would get some big name author signings. Many times because they supported authors early in their careers and the authors remained loyal. My one quibble with the book – I don’t understand the cover. The book title is clever, but the book cover? Where I live when I think of September, I think HOT, sweltering heat. Not knit hats. Or maybe she is remembering the last September in mid winter? Whatever, Read This Book Next. ARC provided by NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Detailed score: 4.5 rounded up Brayden is back! Not that she’d gone far - for she is never anything less than ‘good’. But oh this book was her back to her very best. Part of what made it was so good was watching her - not just avoid - but excel at things that have tripped up so many a lesrom writer; in particular - this book takes places over a couple of years but at no stage did it feel rushed. It made the romance more realistic and allowed for realistic barriers to a HEA. - linked to the above; i Detailed score: 4.5 rounded up Brayden is back! Not that she’d gone far - for she is never anything less than ‘good’. But oh this book was her back to her very best. Part of what made it was so good was watching her - not just avoid - but excel at things that have tripped up so many a lesrom writer; in particular - this book takes places over a couple of years but at no stage did it feel rushed. It made the romance more realistic and allowed for realistic barriers to a HEA. - linked to the above; it was show. So much show and any tell that was needed was so skillfully woven in it felt like show. - she uses tropes but they don’t feel like tropes. One in particular (that I won’t mention specifically cos #spoilers ) that is usually used to bring characters together was this time skillfully used to drive them apart And that’s not to mention the standard stuff done well - great pwoarrr scenes, 3 dimensional supporting characters and a lovely romance. I did knock .5 off just because the epilogue was a bit too cutesy and also because - much as I thought it was brilliant - there was just a tiny bit of X factor missing that means I can’t quite give it the full 5 stars Overall: lesroms are never going to be picked over by scholars and added to high school learn the classics lists but lesrom writers should view this book as a masterclass of the genre. And lesrom readers should stop reading this review and just hand over their credit card already.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gaby LezReviewBooks

    Hannah Shephard is a bookshop owner who loves her uncomplicated and risk-averse life. Her bookstore is having issues and she might be forced to close it for good. When she invites world-renowned author romance novelist Parker Bristow her luck is about to change. But what isn’t in her plans is their mutual attraction and chemistry which leads to a shared evening and the possibility of more… You cannot go wrong with Melissa Brayden’s books. They all do what it says on the tin, they will provide you Hannah Shephard is a bookshop owner who loves her uncomplicated and risk-averse life. Her bookstore is having issues and she might be forced to close it for good. When she invites world-renowned author romance novelist Parker Bristow her luck is about to change. But what isn’t in her plans is their mutual attraction and chemistry which leads to a shared evening and the possibility of more… You cannot go wrong with Melissa Brayden’s books. They all do what it says on the tin, they will provide you with romance, hotness, and entertainment. Well-written dialogues, funny banter and off-the-charts chemistry are guaranteed in her novels. Consistently you get what you are looking for, it never fails. No wonder she is one of the top lesfic authors. Both main characters are well developed and credible, in many ways they are opposites, but they share a common love of literature. I liked the premise that the mains didn’t agree on the genre of books they enjoyed, there was a good discussion regarding the value of romance books and their authenticity in the portrayal of love. I especially liked the way Hannah talks about matching a book to a reader, that’s exactly the tagline of LezReviewBooks.com website: ‘Find your lesbian book match’, I swear we didn’t copy each other! The secondary characters were well written and distinctive, some of them with funny little quirks that bring them to life. A very good secondary character is Hannah’s step-sister Bo, I particularly enjoyed the parallel story with her own love interest and how both sisters dealt with relationship conflicts. Another great secondary character is pop star Carissa who is very funny in an infuriating way. She’s the protagonist of a hilarious scene that will stay in my memory for a long time, this is the first time Ms. Brayden had me laughing out loud, I really liked it, she should try it more. The rest is pure Brayden style: hot chemistry, scorching sex scenes, a bit of angst and romance galore. ‘Back to September’ won’t disappoint her fans. Overall, a very entertaining, lesbian romantic book. 4.5 stars. ARC provided by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. See all my reviews at www.lezreviewbooks.com

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joc

    This felt different from the last few Brayden novels I’ve read and it’s a good difference. I loved it. Hannah Shephard runs her quiet bookshop in Providence the same way she lives her life. She doesn’t take risks or live wildly but she has to do something about her shop if she wants to keep it. On the suggestion of one of her employees she sends a request for a romance writer to do a book signing in her shop. Although Hannah isn’t a romance reader, Parker Bristow as a person is hard to resist. Ha This felt different from the last few Brayden novels I’ve read and it’s a good difference. I loved it. Hannah Shephard runs her quiet bookshop in Providence the same way she lives her life. She doesn’t take risks or live wildly but she has to do something about her shop if she wants to keep it. On the suggestion of one of her employees she sends a request for a romance writer to do a book signing in her shop. Although Hannah isn’t a romance reader, Parker Bristow as a person is hard to resist. Hannah is described as a person who can match a person with the perfect book and it’s the only part that I wasn’t overly enthralled by but Brayden managed to do it with a little bit of difference even though it’s a common theme for indi bookshop owners. I loved everything else about this novel. There’s great angst, lots of chemistry and steamy scenes as well as well-written characters. Book received from Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Les Rêveur

    I adored every second of reading the beautiful story. I’ve read every single Melissa Brayden book ever published and it astounds me how every book she has written is flawless. And this book is no different, in fact, it packed a few new punches that had me in my element. This is my new favourite Brayden book. Grab some good vino, chocolate, a box of tissues and a blanket and settle in for the night because this is a book you’re not gonna want to put down. Full review through the link below: https:/ I adored every second of reading the beautiful story. I’ve read every single Melissa Brayden book ever published and it astounds me how every book she has written is flawless. And this book is no different, in fact, it packed a few new punches that had me in my element. This is my new favourite Brayden book. Grab some good vino, chocolate, a box of tissues and a blanket and settle in for the night because this is a book you’re not gonna want to put down. Full review through the link below: https://lesreveur.com/2019/11/10/back...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paradise Lost

    I'm a little surprised by how much I liked this! The last few Brayden books didn't do much for me, but this was great. Yes, there were some issues that got to me, it wasn't perfect, but those issues didn't take away my enjoyment factor. and, even though the story was completely different, it had very similar vibes to strawberry summer, first position, and waiting in the wings, which are my favourite Brayden novels. The one thing that does not me sometimes about her work is... I feel like that ch I'm a little surprised by how much I liked this! The last few Brayden books didn't do much for me, but this was great. Yes, there were some issues that got to me, it wasn't perfect, but those issues didn't take away my enjoyment factor. and, even though the story was completely different, it had very similar vibes to strawberry summer, first position, and waiting in the wings, which are my favourite Brayden novels. The one thing that does not me sometimes about her work is... I feel like that characters, all of them, speak the same way. There's no individual voice. And that has bothered me a lot in the last few books. But I'm happy to say that, after a long time, I was truly able to enjoy a Brayden book, and what's more, I felt it. 4.25 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I devoured this book. It got me crying, laughing, suffering along the plot and wanting to shake some sense in to them. Parker was so frustrating, but charming, and cute and sexy. Hannah was just the best. Her kindness, wit, her capacity for love and forgiveness. I have a huge crush on Hannah. I want to read it again just so I can enjoy it one more time. I need sequels, I need to know more about Luna and Bo.

  24. 4 out of 5

    AnnMaree Of Oz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The selfish flightiness of the romantic interest, Parker, put me right off the whole thing. Despite the promising start. Her issues and actions were far too much for me to get over. Perhaps my own harsh opinion just got in the way. "Maybe Parker, who had a history of loss, just needed some words of reassurance." "She’ll run again,” I said. Amy inclined her head from side to side. “She may. Or maybe the next time that instinct kicks in, you’re there to hold her hand and talk her through it, so tha The selfish flightiness of the romantic interest, Parker, put me right off the whole thing. Despite the promising start. Her issues and actions were far too much for me to get over. Perhaps my own harsh opinion just got in the way. "Maybe Parker, who had a history of loss, just needed some words of reassurance." "She’ll run again,” I said. Amy inclined her head from side to side. “She may. Or maybe the next time that instinct kicks in, you’re there to hold her hand and talk her through it, so that the time after that, it’s not quite as scary when it hits. Maybe over time, she’ll grow to trust in you as a constant in her life, someone who’s not going to bail on her the way others have.” She smiled Eh sorry but if your partner who claims to love you cannot pony up for you when assaulted in hospital, I don't really see a solid future. I also didn't like her constant 'feel sorry for me' and 'cant forgive myself' vibe in the aftermath, which made it all about herself, it didnt feel sincere. Her 'going missing' after not being forgiven, also screamed of manipulation. Not a positive to me, at all. Tbh I fucking hate he character Parker Bristow. Hannah deserved far better. For her to just not text Hannah back at all after their first rendezvous, and then getting involved with the 'back of da club' girl shows the woman has psychological issues and that Hannah should have RUN!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    If you are a Brayden fan, you probably don’t want to miss BTS (no, not the Korean boy band)... there’s just nothing not to like or love... Go ahead, read the blurb. Read the reviews. I’m not gonna give a long review. Just a snapshot. Story was one hell of a roller coaster ride... I just LOVED it! Loved the story, the plot, the dialogues and the 2 MCs... Though there were times when I just wanted to strangle one of the MCs - no prizes for guessing who I wanted to strangle... And the cabin scene j If you are a Brayden fan, you probably don’t want to miss BTS (no, not the Korean boy band)... there’s just nothing not to like or love... Go ahead, read the blurb. Read the reviews. I’m not gonna give a long review. Just a snapshot. Story was one hell of a roller coaster ride... I just LOVED it! Loved the story, the plot, the dialogues and the 2 MCs... Though there were times when I just wanted to strangle one of the MCs - no prizes for guessing who I wanted to strangle... And the cabin scene just had me chuckling.. But I must say, if I were Hannah, I probably won’t be laughing... fuming would be more like it especially if I’m still carrying a torch A 5 for me... though I can be a tad bias when it comes to Brayden 🙂

  26. 5 out of 5

    Clare Ashton

    Kept me up until the early hours - because angst! chemistry! I love it when a book hooks you and won't let you go. Goes on the reread pile. Kept me up until the early hours - because angst! chemistry! I love it when a book hooks you and won't let you go. Goes on the reread pile.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pinkdturtle tina

    It’s a DNF for me. I think this probably the first Brayden book I haven’t finished. This book didn’t sit well with me at all, I tried and tried to get into it but it wasn’t happening. Felt very different from her other books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danni Mladenovic

    Oh, it has everything! It's funny, it's emotional, it's warm, it literally makes you fall in love with every single character in it! Melissa Brayden is a mastermind of romance genre! There are a lot of excellent writers of this genre, but what makes a difference between and excellent one and an outstanding one is a minor characters' development. Melissa has it to perfection in every single book of hers! You can't just go through them without actually warming up to them significantly and almost k Oh, it has everything! It's funny, it's emotional, it's warm, it literally makes you fall in love with every single character in it! Melissa Brayden is a mastermind of romance genre! There are a lot of excellent writers of this genre, but what makes a difference between and excellent one and an outstanding one is a minor characters' development. Melissa has it to perfection in every single book of hers! You can't just go through them without actually warming up to them significantly and almost kind of expecting them to be the leading characters in some of the following books! It's almost like you want her to always write series, like Soho loft, Seven Shores etc. Both Hannah and Parker are the characters you will love, with real problems, flaws, heart-warming and heart-wrenching moments... The book is literally loaded with funny moments, lots of good humor, but also with very serious conversations and very skillfully written dialogues.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eliza

    Hannah is an adorable weirdo who wishes her books good morning when she arrives at work every day at her book store, ‘A likely Story’, by the way.. love that name. Parker is an author who immediately feels a connection with Hannah when they meet during a signing at Hannah’s book store. I’m so god damn biased when it comes to Melissa Brayden but I honestly loved every page of this book. Hannah and Parker are sweet yet complicated characters and their journey kept me from putting the book down unti Hannah is an adorable weirdo who wishes her books good morning when she arrives at work every day at her book store, ‘A likely Story’, by the way.. love that name. Parker is an author who immediately feels a connection with Hannah when they meet during a signing at Hannah’s book store. I’m so god damn biased when it comes to Melissa Brayden but I honestly loved every page of this book. Hannah and Parker are sweet yet complicated characters and their journey kept me from putting the book down until there were no pages left. There is a lot more pain and angst than you would expect when reading the premise but it wasn’t hard to read and all of it was very relatable no matter how one feels about certain actions characters took over the course of the story. I was always very understanding of Parker and his conflict over the course of the book, the fear she had to allow herself to love and be vulnerable and whether she would be capable of a long term relationships. Hannah was the unfortunate victim of those insecurities but I loved how Brayden worked toward that climax and sudden conclusion. There was a point in the book where I was wondering where the fork in the road would come, where the typical complication we always have in lesfics such as these and it came and broke my heart. Hannah’s lack of interest towards romance novels gave me a good laugh and loved reading about her falling in love with them, reminded me of my experiences earlier this year when I discovered lesfics. Wonderful secondary characters, well written and the dialogue is of course up to the great Brayden standards, you always feel like you know these characters because of the way she writes their conversations. Anyways, will there be a “HEA!” ? READ THE BOOK. 4.5 / 5.0

  30. 5 out of 5

    R

    Melissa Brayden has created another interesting storyline with characters to match. Her dialogue, as usual, was witty and emotional, and always engaging. This story was told from Hannah’s perspective, the owner of a small town bookstore that was struggling to survive… until the famous romance novelist Parker Bristow agreed to do a book signing at her store and provided that much needed spark for the bookstore…and its owner. The women soon found themselves enjoying a night of fun and pleasure wit Melissa Brayden has created another interesting storyline with characters to match. Her dialogue, as usual, was witty and emotional, and always engaging. This story was told from Hannah’s perspective, the owner of a small town bookstore that was struggling to survive… until the famous romance novelist Parker Bristow agreed to do a book signing at her store and provided that much needed spark for the bookstore…and its owner. The women soon found themselves enjoying a night of fun and pleasure with no attachments involved. They departed as friends and kept in touch as each dated other women, but that spark was not the same. When Parker invited Hannah and her girlfriend to join her and her rock star girlfriend to a weekend getaway, jealously became the uninvited guest and the friendship was severed. However, Hannah and Parker reconnected again, but another disastrous fallout occurred. The women seemed like the perfect fit, but Parker’s troubling past constantly placed her relationship in a self destructive mode, wrecking havoc on Hannah’s emotional well being. I loved how Melissa Brayden created this famous romance character who wrote about love and happily ever after but couldn’t find that in her own life. I found Parker’s character much more interesting and intriguing than Hannah’s and actually wished this story was written in third person to fully understand Parker’s mindset and her questionable actions. I also enjoyed the storyline involving Bo, Hannah’s lawyer sister, and its end result. Besides the serious issues taking place, there were humorous distractions provided by a variety of secondary characters. Melissa Brayden is a great storyteller who never seems to disappoint her audience. Back to September was another memorable read. Highly recommended!

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