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REVIEW ➞ Hideaway by Rachel Lacey


One woman’s hiding place is another woman’s home.

After becoming an inadvertent viral sensation—and losing her job and her girlfriend as a result— Phoebe Shaw retreats to Vermont. Renovating her late grandmother’s cabin into a vacation rental seems like the perfect way to lie low for a while. But the last person she expects to encounter on the property is the woman whose kiss was her teenage sexual awakening . . . and whom she’s never quite forgotten.

Taylor Donovan has been hiking on the trails behind the Shaw family’s cabin her whole life. As children, Taylor and Phoebe were best friends before sharing a secret summer romance when they were sixteen, which left Taylor brokenhearted when Phoebe fled at the end of the summer. Now the property has become Taylor’s home away from home, and she wants nothing more than to convince the Shaws to sell it to her. But Phoebe’s return puts a crimp in those plans–and brings back old feelings she thought she’d overcome.

Of all the things Phoebe regrets, leaving Taylor is at the top of the list, but Taylor is determined to protect her heart. Yet the pull between them is stronger than ever. This time around, will love stay hidden . . . or finally see the light of day?


At sixteen they fell in love and had their hearts broken. Taylor and Phoebe were each other’s first loves and heart breaks and they were best friends. After Phoebe left without a word they never expected to see each other again, but when they do will they both get the second chance they never thought they could have?

I loved this second chance romance. There is a great connection between Phoebe and Taylor and add in the dogs and it just gave the story an extra adorable little boost. There is some pain between them, but I loved seeing them reconnect and work through everything together, as adults.

There is a nice mixture of heat, love, romance, and sweetness between the two of them and it is easy to fall in love with these two characters, their adorable dogs and their story.

If you’re looking for a high school sweethearts, second chance romance this is one to check out.