Monday, September 2, 2013

Review of Jessica Wood's 'The Day to Remember'

Title: The Day to Remember
Author: Jessica Wood
Series: Emma's Story #2
Publication Date: August 26, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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What happens when the dream is over and reality sets in?
When Emma Anderson meets and falls in love with the man from her dreams--the deep-dimpled and incredibly gorgeous Brandon Fisher--she wasn't expecting her heart to be broken by him and his complicated life. But despite Brandon's baggage, the inextricable pull Emma and Brandon feel for one another seems strong enough to keep them together.

Just when Emma thinks she can have a happily-ever-after with Brandon, a dark secret from her past threatens Emma's chances at true happiness with Brandon--a secret so dark and hidden that even her best friends don't know about it.

Will Emma and Brandon's love be strong enough to withstand the external factors that seem to pull them apart, or will Emma's dream man be nothing but just that--a dream?

Author Bio:
Jessica Wood writes new adult contemporary romance and chick-lit.

While she has lived in countless cities throughout the U.S., her heart belongs to San Francisco. To her, there’s something seductively romantic about the Golden Gate Bridge, the steep rolling hills of the city streets, the cable cars, and the Victorian-style architecture.
She loves a strong, masculine man with a witty personality. While she is headstrong and extremely independent, she can’t resist a man who takes control of the relationship, both outside and inside of the bedroom. 
She loves to travel internationally, and tries to plan a yearly trip abroad. She also loves to cook and bake, and—to the benefit of her friends—she loves to share. She also enjoys ceramics and being creative with her hands. She has a weakness for good (maybe bad) TV shows; she’s up-to-date on over 25 current shows, and no, that wasn’t a joke.
And it goes without saying, she loves books—they’re like old and dear friends who have always been there to make her laugh and make her cry.
The one thing she wished she had more of is time.

My Review:
If you haven't read the first book in this series you will find spoilers in this review. 
I was given an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I happen to be one of the lucky people that read the first book in this two book series shortly before I received this book. The first book ended with a vicious cliffhanger and I'm glad I didn't have to wait long to continue the romantic story of Emma and Brandon. 
The last book ended after Emma met a woman claiming to be Brandon's girlfriend. Seeing as how Brandon is the love of Emma's life this was a devastating blow. This book picks up a little less than three days after the alleged girlfriend, Desiree, showed up at Brandon's door. Needless to say Emma is in a state of shock and heartache. He's been trying desperately to get in touch with Emma, but she can't bring herself to talk to him. Luckily Brandon doesn't give up easily and finally gets to tell his side of the story. Desiree isn't exactly who she claims to be, but she is from Brandon's past. Both Brandon and Emma have secrets from their past that they're not ready to share and things seem to get back on track with them. Unfortunately Desiree brings new things to light for Brandon and he ends up keeping more secrets from Emma. Meanwhile Emma still has her own past and secret that she is yet to share with Brandon. All of the lies and secrets between them could possibly destroy the relationship they've both worked so hard for. 
I was pretty sure I was going to love this book after reading A Night to Forget and I was not disappointed. Emma and Brandon's story is full of ups and downs, and though a bit dramatic (what's a love story without a little drama?), it rings true to life. Brandon and Emma are both well developed throughout the two books and extremely human and realistic. I fell instantly in love with these two characters and I found myself tearing through the pages to find out what would happen next and ultimately if they would have their happily ever after in the end. I don't want to give anything away, but this book ended perfectly for me. It was everything I was hoping for. 
The writing itself manages to be both smooth and lyrical. The book is well paced and nicely organized. It's written from both Emma's and Brandon's points of view and this added depth to the story. I always love reading male points of view from both female and male writers. I thoroughly enjoyed Jessica Wood's take on the male perspective. 
If you love beautiful, well written love stories with intense ups and downs this book is for you. It's full of drama, yet still realistic and believable. The epic love story of Emma and Brandon will suck you in from the very beginning and not let you go until the very end. I'm actually sad this book was such a quick read for me. It was one of those books that you rush through because you have to find out what will happen next, but then once you're done you curse yourself for not savoring it more. I look forward to reading whatever Jessica Wood writes next!

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