REVIEW : Us, Again by Elle Maxwell

November 10, 2019

blurb

“It’s really him. The former love of my life. The man I gave everything to, who broke me so badly the pieces never healed back together properly.”

Graham Wyatt might be 6’2” of irresistible muscled, tattooed, angsty Alpha male (and don’t forget the man bun)—but sorry, ladies! He’s a one woman man. Specifically, Mackenzie Thatcher, the love of his life whose heart he broke 5 years ago. Now that he’s out of prison (yes, prison…it’s a long story) he’s determined to redeem himself and prove he’s reformed his bad boy ways so she’ll give him a second chance.

Mackenzie, on the other hand, has vowed off love forever. She’s already experienced excruciating heartbreak, and she has no intention of ever getting near that particular fire again…especially with the very man who burned her in the first place. She’s perfectly happy being a badass independent woman, thank you very much. That is, until seeing Graham again stirs up feelings she doesn’t know what to do with (besides a little quality time with her B.O.B.).

She’s not going to give in easily, but he isn’t afraid to play a little dirty. (Like that time he showed up to her yoga class and took off his shirt…) Graham is determined to do whatever it takes to win her back, even when some drug-dealing demons from his past show up and threaten the progress he’s starting to make.

Can Graham keep from repeating his past mistakes and find redemption with the woman he loves?


Once upon a time, love broke me. And I will never, ever, let myself fall in love again.


my review

Us, Again was a wonderful surprise. This isn’t your average second chance romance and it was a breath of fresh air. I was hooked from the very first chapter all the way to the very end.

Graham and Mackenzie were high school sweethearts, until Graham was arrested and everything changed in Mackenzie’s life. Flash forward five years and Graham is out of prison and wants a second chance with Mackenzie, but will she be able to forgive him and give him another chance?

Graham may be a 6’2” tattooed, former inmate but don’t let that fool you. He is a man of many layers and has experienced so much pain and heartbreak that led to some bad decisions. You can’t help but fall in love with him from the very beginning. Mackenzie has built up walls around herself, she doesn’t believe in love after her heart was completely shattered and she is fiercely independent.

I LOVED the chemistry between Graham and Mackenzie. Despite the years apart and the pain and heartbreak that didn’t seem to cool down their connection one bit. I loved that Graham was willing to do anything to prove to Mackenzie, that Mackenzie didn’t make it easy on Graham. Of course, there path was never easy and was full of some suspense and drama.

The secondary characters were also fantastic. Mackenzie’s roommate Marisa was a fiery, sassy and protective woman. I seriously loved her and couldn’t get enough of her. She brought some laughs to the story. Graham’s former cellmate, Griff and his wife Shaina were also great characters and I loved their relationship, too.

Us, Again is a fantastic debut novel from Elle Maxwell and a MUST READ!


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