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Monday, November 22, 2010

Corvette Confessions by Stacy Dawn

Corvette Confessions by Stacy Dawn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (38 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

Class of '85 Series

Have you ever been in the right place at the wrong time?

Dumped at the senior spring dance, AJ, who’d always been more into softball and shop class than cheerleading and pep squad, escaped the crowd to mope in the Corvette on loan to the class for the semester. When Greg Roberts unexpectedly joined her, his attempts to cheer her worked—too well. She might have even confessed her love that night if Greg’s longtime girlfriend hadn’t come looking for him.

Twenty-five hard years later, forced to come to the reunion by her best friend, AJ escapes back to her favorite class, only to find the exact Corvette—a little worn and faded—sitting right where she’d left it. Fond memories turn into reality when Greg shows up at her driver’s side window again—and déjà vu takes on a whole new meaning.

Looking for a sweet story about a girl who never quite fit in ... and still doesn’t, even at her twenty-fifth reunion? Then try this one.

Stacy Dawn is a talented author who really pegs how uncomfortable our heroine is returning to high school for her twenty-fifth reunion under duress. A. J. was a forgettable student (as evidenced by how she’s overlooked even now) and never quite fit in ... except in auto shop.

Ah.... auto shop... the place of dreams or at least the place where A.J. spent time with her high school crush, Greg. It was the only time she really felt as though she fit in, and she’s never forgotten it. So, it’s natural for her to go there when she starts feeling restless during the reunion. As luck would have it, Greg shows up there, too, after a bit.

Author Stacy Dawn really gets inside A. J.’s mind. We’re aware of everything A.J. sees, hears, thinks. It makes for a great little short story and helps us really empathize with the heroine. Being a short story, it’s lacking in lots of conflict or true depth, but that doesn’t make it a bad story. Far from it! I smiled through the entire thing, completely enjoying watching A. J. and Greg revisit the past and figure out how to start a future.

High school reunions aren’t always a bad thing. Thankfully, A. J. had her chance to find out. A fun, sweet read that I very much enjoyed.

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