Title: Circling Back
Author: Amanda Young
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: August 10, 2105
A second chance is only the beginning...
Stella fled home at seventeen with a broken heart, an unplanned pregnancy, and a vow never to look back. Twenty years later, she has a career she enjoys and a solid relationship with the child she placed for open adoption. When that child goes in search of her birth father and calls for assistance, Stella is forced to return to her hometown and face the men who broke her heart, one of whom fathered her child.
Gavin and Holden raised a lot of hell as teenagers. They broke the law, broke their mother's hearts, and almost broke each other before they finally got their act together. Through all the ups and downs, they stuck by each other and managed to build a happy life together. The one thing they couldn’t do was forget the woman they’d loved and lost.
Forced to face the past and each other after so many years is no small feat. The trio does their best to make amends and put the past behind them while forging new bonds. Old feelings are rekindled and new emotions emerge from the ashes of their youthful indiscretions. Something remarkable could be on the horizon if they’re strong enough to navigate the pitfalls of a triad relationship and stand strong against the outside forces conspiring to bring them to their knees.
4 out of 5 (very good)
I received this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in return for a fair and honest review.
If asked to describe this book, I would say it's a sweet love story with steamy moments. The three main characters have all aged from when they first met and I loved that they were all 'normal'. Stella is described as "fat" at one point, she is immediately defended but still, it's nice to read about someone in their late 30's who isn't a skinny jim. Yes, I know there are some but bodies come in all shapes and sizes and it's wonderful to have a story that reflects that.
The storyline is simple enough - Stella witnesses something that destroys everything she believes at a young age and runs away to another part of the country, with help from her mum. Gavin and Holden are left behind and stay together. Stella gives her baby up for adoption but is able to have an open adoption and so is able to spend time with her daughter as she grows. When the time comes that Mae wants to know more, Stella has to take a trip down memory lane.
So, the good parts of the book is that the characters are all definitely believable. Gavin and Holden have, and maintain, a relationship both with and without Stella. The story moves along at a steady pace and is well-written.
The not so good parts (for me) is that although Mae is the catalyst that sets everything in motion, I didn't actually learn much about her. I know the story focussed on the 3 main characters but I still felt that Mae was sort of missed out, and the ending - with the words spoken by Gavin - reinforced that opinion. There are a few editing and grammatical errors in the book too, nothing to jarring but still noticeable.
If you want a sweet and steamy ménage with normal characters in a contemporary setting, then I can definitely recommend giving this one a go.
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Amanda Young lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and two pampered pooches. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found chasing after a mischievous toddler or daydreaming about the characters in her next book. She loves to hear from her readers, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Her website, www.amandayoung.org, is where you can find up-to-date information on all of Amanda’s current and upcoming releases.