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Publisher's Summary

When Remy's grandmother dies, it means leaving her life in San Francisco and returning to a town she swore she'd never revisit, forced to confront a world she'd worked hard to put behind her over the last twelve years.

She's not expecting that the first girl to ever steal her heart, the pretty, popular Fallon Lewis, is still around, and in a town this small, their paths continue to cross, much to Remy's dismay. It's hard enough seeing her first love, but it's exponentially more difficult when she can barely stand to look at the woman.

Remy's trip back has the possibility to open up doors she believed were shut long ago, but she's never planned on staying, and she definitely never planned on letting Fallon back into her life.

If she thought being a teenager in a small town was hard, she's about to find out how much harder life is when there's no one but herself to blame for her problems.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Monica McCallan (P)2022 Tantor

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When Find and Replace Doesn’t Work…

The blonde? The brunette? It felt like the author wrote the manuscript, didn’t have names assigned, and the “find and replace” function didn’t work for the final draft.
Maybe the bald didn’t talk to the redhead and the gray said, “hey, let’s just go with it. Nobody will notice.” (See? Totally annoying, right?)
So noticeable…

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Descriptors need to be better

The story was heightened by the performance of Lori Prince. The lack of imagination in descriptions of the main characters definitely could be better. BLONDE /BRUNETTE... This drove me a bit crazy and made it hard to pay attention to the storyline.

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Mixed feelings

I mostly enjoyed this book. Likeable characters and decent plot, if a bit predictable. My biggest issue was the OVERUSE of 'the blonde did this' or the 'brunette says this'. The blonde is Fallon and brunette is Remy... why use blonde and brunette instead of first names? It was distracting and confusing at times... took away from the story. Lori Prince was awesome as usual.

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A Bit Slow, a little meh

Not one of the better novels by the author. The narration was good, but I sometimes felt I was listening to the same character speaking throughout. Not distinctive enough between the main characters.

Side Note

Berkley and SF in general being the golden land always irks me when used as the place to "Run away" to in novels. Especially these days. Give me middle America any day.

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Brilliant

Per usual, this story is amazing! This author is one of the best I've come across. This is the 5th book of hers that I've read and it's just incredible. I love it!!

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Good but…

I’ve really started to love Monica McCallans’ books, but this one was a struggle. The constant mentioning of hair color was honestly annoying. There are a myriad of ways to describe characters especially when the hair color means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

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Got tired of the blond vs brunette reference

The book was good. Storyline was interesting. However in the middle it sounded like the narrator changed. But that didn’t bother me much. The thing that got me is that there has to be another way to reference the characters outside of their hair color at every daggone turn. It was exhausting.

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Sweet romance

Fallon and Remi finding each other again is so sweet! The story shows us how misinterpretations and old wounds influence our experience and the stories we create. Another great story by Monica MacCallan and great narration by Lori Prince.

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The Blonde and Brunette

I liked the story, but I just couldn't get past the overuse of those words.