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.