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When you’re young you think you know it all. I was fortunate enough to live in a world where poverty was just something I’d heard of, but never experienced. Until, I took a chance on the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The chemistry undeniable. Our worlds collided and I fell hard, we both did. I needed him to stay and when he didn’t, it broke my heart. So I grew up and moved on. I didn’t know who I was back then, or what I was up against. But I do now. I won’t make the same mistakes.
I made mistakes, I thought I knew what I was doing. Turns out sometimes loyalty and stupidity go hand in hand. I took the one thing I needed most and I pushed her away with my actions. Sent her running in the opposite direction is more like it. When fate brings us together again, I desperately want to make things right, prove to her that I’m not that guy anymore. Time has done nothing to put out the fire between us, but she has no plans to let me be a part of her future. I’m about to change that.
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How Not To is a first love to second chance romance novel and is a must read. I read this in one sitting as the storyline captured my attention. I sympathized with both Arianne and Torren because their story brought me back to when I found and lost my first love. The author did a great job of showing how the hold and pull that first love makes and how it impacts all future relationships is so strong especially when left unresolved. I was drawn to Torren’s loyal and considerate nature. Even 8 years later, he’s still trying to navigate and express his feelings for Ari.
“When you look at me you see a brief moment in time, a tragic history. It’s a shame, ‘cause when I look at you, I only ever saw eternity.”
Whereas, I felt that Ari despite the passage of time still held that immaturity from her youth and kept the focus on herself.
“The truth was, I know he sacrificed everything for me, even if it broke me and embarrassed me in the process.”
Overall, I would recommend this debut novel by Devin Sawyer. I look forward to reading more from this author. Thank you to the author for providing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. How Not To by Devin Sawyer will join the ranks of BIBLIO-ELITE.
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Devin Sawyer is a contemporary romance writer who enjoys a bit of dirty humor. If you have a dirty joke, she’s the first one that wants to hear it. She grew up in a small Texas town called Comfort and still enjoys quiet country towns. She started out writing at a young age with moody, depressing, poetry—mostly about unrequited teenage loves. But enough about the dark times.. Now Devin prefers to write witty romantic comedies with hard hitting issues. Devin has a master’s in Social work and is independently licensed as a therapist. She finds reading and writing a pleasant escape from real world stressors. Her favorite reads are forbidden love stories.
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