BOOK REVIEW: Caught Up in Us (Caught Up In Love #1) by Lauren Blakely

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A second chance at first love…

Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother’s best friend Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night—but he broke her heart and she had to move on. Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own successful company, walks back into her life. Bryan has been assigned to Kat as her new business mentor and the rules are clear. No hanky panky permitted. Kat can handle that because she’s totally over him… right? Except, he still makes her laugh, and he remembers all the things she likes. Not to mention that he’s even more handsome now than he was then. Then there’s the spark between them—the simply undeniable chemistry, and the tender ways he shows he still cares for her. Can they resist each other the second time around or will first love trump all?

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A big ‘Thanks’ to my friend, Gretchen for introducing me to Lauren Blakely’s sexy reads.  A while ago I asked for a book suggestion and she said, “Read Playing with Her Heart.”  While doing the research for it, I saw that it was the third book in the Caught Up in Love series.  I decided to start with the first book, Caught Up in Us.

This is a book of second chances, true love and forgiveness. This love story proves the saying “Let it fly, if it comes back to you, it was meant for you.”  Okay, maybe it sounds better in Spanish but the message is that if two people are meant for each other, they will be together. It could be today or in five years.

Kat is a strong, intelligent and funny girl.  I really like her.  She’s one who learns from her mistakes and in time has developed a way to remind herself if she forgets.  Might I add that I like her method of reminder. She makes necklaces with charms in it to remind her not to make the same mistakes. Being that she is an intelligent individual, she soon turns it into a business. As luck or fate would have it, she reunites again with Bryan.

Bryan is a funny, smart and sexy handsome guy who knows how to win a girl’s heart with two cinema tickets.  I find that to be sweet and romantic.

There was a time where he had to make the most difficult decision ever and I respect him for that as he did it out of love.  For me it requires a real mature man to make that kind of decision.

There’s also a part in the book that made me cry but it was tears of happiness.

In closing, I just want to say that Bryan had my heart from the beginning of the book. Therefore, gaining him a special ranking in my collection of book boyfriends.

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