Regan Kane arrived in San Diego with nothing but a violin, his car and what feels like a lifetime of grief. Although he’s surrounded by friends and music, one delivery from the post office reminds him that the past is always just around the corner. When he befriends a local bartender, Regan wonders if letting go is what he wants to do at all.
Georgia Hall has spent most of her life in the shadows of her mother's mental illness. Pushing away those around her ensures they won't get hurt when she succumbs to the same fate.
All of that unravels when she meets Regan. As her life spins out of control and the line between reality and fairytale blurs, she has to make a choice to trust or fall.
Regan and Georgia are searching for healing among the wreckage. Will doing so together make moving on all the more sweet?
Or will the secrets and darkness of the past drive them apart?
***Spoilers to Ten Days and Reckless Abandon below. Do not read this review if you have not read book 1 and 2 in this series.***
I love Andrea Randall and her November Blue Series. She also lives in MA like me so she has to be wicked awesome. I read the first two and really fell in love with her writing style and characters.
Sweet Forty Two is about Regan who we met in book two Reckless Abandon. He is a soulful violin player who Bo and Ember befriend. He also was the gorgeous boyfriend to Bo’s sister Rae before she was tragically killed. He is just truly an amazing man with an even more amazing outlook on life and more importantly, love.
We also follow Georgia, a no nonsense woman who has walls built around walls around her heart and soul. We meet Georgia when CJ visits his cousin Regan and Bo and Ember in San Diego where they moved to record music with Ember’s parents and music group. CJ drags them all to the bar where Georgia works and the story begins.
Regan and Georgia don’t really like each other at first but after Regan moves in across the hall from her a friendship is born. They both battle with their own demons. As a reader you really felt like you were right there with them through it all. I cried along with Regan as he had to learn to live with Rae and the regret of never telling her he loved her. I feared along with Georgia as she tried to navigate through her life and all the secrets she kept. I wanted and needed her to let them flow out of her knowing she would be safe with Regan.
“Some secrets were so deep I could hardly feel their roots in my veins when I was in mixed company. That’s a lie. They were always there. The secrets. Snacking on my soul.”
This book really dug deep into living and loving. Andrea Randall had some amazing quotes in this book that should really be hanging on everyone’s walls reminding us how it should be.
“Life is an endless ocean of tears, happy and sad, and it’s our job to smile in their wake.”
“Peace is always there at the center of our souls, and I allowed anger, hurt, and hate to shove it in a long forgotten closet.”
I loved the journey of this book. I loved how the cover and the title of the book made perfect sense by the end of the story. I loved Regan and Georgia. I also loved that we got to see more of Bo and Ember and how their love is still strong.
I hope that Andrea Randall does a book for CJ next. She showed us his character more here as well. He would be super fun to read and then we would get more of the cast!
These are both only $.99 each!!!
Ten Days of Perfect
Andrea is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University and does not currently use her degree in Development Sociology. She does, however, use her people skills and love for writing every day. She and her partner, Charles Sheehan-Miles, live and write together in Massachusetts.