Monday 13 April 2020

Carole's Monday: Once again by Kristi Rose

Once Again (A Coming Home Short Story #2)
Author: Kristi Rose

Narrator: Michelle Blenker
Title: Once Again (A Coming Home Short Story #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Short Story
Format: Audiobook 
Pages: 54
Published: March 22nd 2015
Where I Got It: My shelf (Audible)

Evie Barker works hard, takes care of her ailing mother, and finds pleasure in her simple life. The memory of a complicated childhood is all that remains of the old days—And good riddance.

Grady Duke blew out of town before the ink on his high school diploma was dry. A six year stint in the Marine Corps gave him a good dose of the real world. Returning home, sixteen years later, PhD in hand, the last person he expects to find next door is Evie.

Neither can escape the memory of one reckless summer together nor the wild attraction they feel. But taking risks is not in Evie’s disposition and Grady is just as much a gamble now as he was then. Evie knows Grady is the one man who could break her in an unimaginable way or offer her the happiness she's been missing. But first, Grady must atone for the past and prove he's worth a second chance.

Aww I liked the first one and so I wanted to check the 2nd one. Plus - I needed something short and sweet. 

The story follows Evie and Grady. Evie works hard to take care of her mom and take care of those at work. Grady blew out of town the moment he could. He joined the Marines and never wanted to look back, but his old flame, Evie, was always on his mind. Time has passed and Grady is back. Can the two get over the past hearts and rekindle their love? 

This gave me what I was looking for. Short and sweet. There was some sadness like Evie's past. Poor girl, but the romance was sweet and quick. I do think Evie should've made Grady beg more ;) But a hot marine? Well..........I forgive you Evie for caving. LOL

I do think this would've benefited by a couple more pages especially in the epilogue! I want more and to see them happy! However, I did find the ending very, very sweet. Nearly gave me a cavity ;) 

The narrator was meh for me. She sounded too robotic and I didn't really get the feeling of the story. Bummer. 

Overall, I liked this one. Not as much as book 1, but I liked it. I think I would've enjoyed it a touch more if I read it instead. The narrator was too robotic for me. I'll give this 3 stars. 


- #15 for Audiobook Challenge


  1. I will check this out. 👍

  2. Sounds like a good story! I love when I can catch up with characters I liked in a book and find out more about what happened to them. Glad you enjoyed this one- though it sounds like the narrator could have been better. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sometimes short and sweet is exactly perfect. Too bad about the meh narrator.

  4. I can have such a hard time with narrators that sound monotone. This sounds like a decent short read.



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