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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Full Circle by Avery Beck

Full Circle by Avery Beck
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (123 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you…run.

Nine years ago, Elisa Haley set tongues wagging when she returned home from college single and pregnant. Finally, her long-delayed graduation is just weeks away. She’s ready to move out and move on to a bright, shiny future in another state…until a face from her past walks into her brother’s veterinary office. A man who once offered her one night of comfort in his arms. The memory burns as hot in her soul as the guilty secret he must never learn.

Tired of the big city, grieving a recent loss, Dr. Liam Barton longs for a home and family in a quiet small town. When he arrives for his first day at the veterinary clinic, he’s not surprised to find Elisa behind the desk. Curiously, though, she barely acknowledges their shared past, and insists she can’t wait to get out of the town he’s already come to love.

Elisa, determined to be nothing more than friends, tries fixing Liam up with Windy Flats’ most eligible women. Yet the old passion still simmering between them melts her resolve, and uncovers secrets that refuse to stay buried. Secrets that put both their hard-earned futures—and their hearts—at risk.

Elisa has her future planned out. After all the years of sheltering herself from the world after a tragedy, she's ready to move on. She's looking for a new job in a new city. It just figures that just a few months before she's going to leave, her past walks right in to her brother's workplace.

She never imagined she'd run into Liam again. Liam was there nine years ago when Elisa was dating Brett, her ex-jerk of a boyfriend. There are so many things Liam doesn't know, events that happened after they lost contact. One thing she does know is that she's attracted to him. Liam seems to feel the same attraction.

But he's ready to settle down. Where he's at. Elisa isn't. Liam has suffered a recent loss of his own. And there's something she needs to tell Liam.

While the characters are strong and the pace is fast, I felt that the plot could have been a little tighter. Sure, there's conflict, there are untold secrets, and there are reasons the pair could be torn apart forever, but it felt weak. The suspense of what Liam would say to certain secrets was high, but his reaction didn't seem all that intense.

Still, if you enjoy reading a story with a hero and heroine with a common past, this story would be a good choice. It's about second chances, finding love despite all the odds against them, and uncovering truths from the past. Full Circle is enjoyable and a good read, I am glad I picked it to review.