Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review & Giveaway ~ YOU AGAIN by Ashlee Mallory


A hopeless crush…

Back in high school, Allie McBride thought the sun set around Sam Fratto’s smiles, even if they were only friends. Now she’s older, wiser, hotter, and teaching at the same school they grew up in. When Sam joins the faculty, she has a chance to make good on the crush that got away. But when a dead body turns up on school grounds, they realize there might be a murderer in their midst. The heat keeps getting hotter between Allie and Sam, but more might be in danger than their hearts…

The cute kid from high school is all grown up…

A family crisis brings true-crime writer Sam Fratto back to town after more than a decade’s absence. Teaching at his alma mater seems like a good way to pass the time—especially when he sees that Allie, the geeky, sweet-mannered girl from high school, has blossomed into the saucy teacher in the classroom next door. Too bad finding a dead body transforms his return into one of his true-crime books come to life. And when it seems the killer might be after Allie next, it’s up to him to keep her safe…

A killer determined to keep the past buried at any price…

As if dealing with the return of one ghost from her past wasn’t enough, it looks like the killer might be the person they least suspected. Someone from the past. Someone with something to hide. Someone who thinks Allie and Sam are getting a little too close to the truth. If Allie and Sam are going to get out of this alive, these two friends to lovers will have to work together…or die together…


     When Allie’s high school crush comes back into her life and ends up working at the school with her, her world is turned is upside down.  She can’t believe Sam is back and looking better than ever.  How is she going to be able to function around him?  He was everything to her back then and he didn't even know she existed. 
     Sam has come back to his old high school to fill in for a teacher who has retired.  He is also back to help take care if his sick mother.  What he doesn't expect to find is a girl from his past all grown up.  Allie is sassy, spunky and sexy as hell.

“When I remember what you were like, I remember a fresh-faced young girl, hopeful and smart and sweet.  Maybe a tad on the young side for me.”  His eyes twinkled.  “Then.  But with a good heart and infinite possibility.” ~ Sam

     The school has just begun construction on a peace garden when workers find a body.  The person is identified as a former teacher and Allie is spearheading an effort to create a memorial for him.  However, when she starts digging through old videos, someone tries to kill her. As Allie and Sam try to find out who would want her dead and why, their chemistry is heating up.

Oh, Lord.  His mouth felt glorious, as did the thrumming pleasure that radiated low in her belly.  Much, much lower.  She opened her mouth instinctively to his warmth.  And although this was a moment she’d imagined many times –and would like to be able to replay many times more –she was helpless to the fluttering of her eyelids as they closed.  Leaving her to savor the whirling emotions building inside her. ~ Allie

     If you are looking for a second chance love story with some suspense and funny banter mixed in, this is the story for you.  I couldn't help but root for Sam and Allie to be together.  I mean, who hasn't dreamed of a second chance with the hunk from high school?  As for the suspense, I have to admit, I did not suspect the person responsible for everything until right before it was revealed.   And let’s just say that I was holding my breath for Allie to be ok. 
     The story was well written and I thought the development of the characters was just right.  I would love to have story about Allie’s sister, Laney and hopefully a HEA for her.  I highly recommend that you add this book to your TBR list today!!        

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Ashlee lives with her husband, two kids, a dog, and cat surrounded by the majestic mountains of her hometown of Salt Lake.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she always wanted to know what it was like to live on the other side of the mountains. In college, she interned a semester in DC and later attended law school in Syracuse, New York, where she also ventured to Israel for a summer semester. After graduating law school with a taste of what it’s like living in the bigger world, she moved back home to Salt Lake and took the Utah Bar Exam, got married, and settled in with her hubby and two wonderful kids. After a few more years in the legal realm, she grew restless and turned her pen to one of her first loves—writing stories.

Currently, when she’s not working the day job as in-house counsel, she spends her time with the family and squeezing in writing time—anything to avoid the housekeeping. Just kidding, honey! ;)

She writes with romance and humor at the heart of every story—and a healthy dash of mystery and suspense.

Hopefully she pulls it off.