***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
Charming, funny, sweet, cute and romantic are some the words that come to mind once I had finished reading Surviving The Rachel by Aven Ellis. From the first page, I just knew I was going to love this story and I did.
“You have to go through crises to get to where you need to be”
It may not have seemed it at first to Bree Logan, but being dumped by her boyfriend Alex, moving back home and having The Rachel haircut could just be the best thing that has happened to her. Especially when she meet Jack Chelten, the boy next door!!
“He’s like a firefly who has lit up the darkness. And I find myself drawn to his light”
Bree was smart, funny, and kindhearted, and I loved her. Jack was a sweetheart, and such a gentleman, smart, funny, caring and sexy. I love the way things develop between Bree, and Jack are just two people who belong together. There was such a natural feeling between them it wasn’t forced or rushed. They gravitate towards each other and bring out the best in each other.
“There is nothing else to this. Alex is my past, but you are my everything”
“I chose you. I chose you, exactly the way you are”
Loved the storyline such an easy entertaining read, that I read in on sitting about new beginning, taking chances, and finding love again. It was so funny, and I laugh out loud so many times especially at Doga …and it's real as I googled it. Love the references to one of my all time favourite shows friends, and learning a little German.
“Ich Liebe Dich ~ I Love You”
Just like all Aven's female characters I always get the butterflies or in Bree case fireflies in my stomach when reading one of her books, simply because I love the romance. And Aven knows how to write romance stories that leave me with a big smile on my face, and I never get tried of them.
“I knew right then that I just had the last first kiss I’d ever had in my life”
Overall, Surviving The Rachel was a great read with a fun bunch of characters. Love that Avery and Deke from Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista where back. Actually I just love the way Aven connects all her books together in some way. Bree and Jack's story is sweet, cute, and funny. A must read for all you romantics out there.
Now it’s just me and Jack.
“Firefly,” he says, breaking the silence.
“What?” I laugh.
“Right there, hold on a second,” Jack says, pointing near the pond. “There!”
And I see it. A firefly lights up the darkness for a brief second, a flash of yellow in the dark sky.
“I condemned many fireflies to a sad death in a Cool Whip container in my childhood,” I admit, laughing.
“Did you poke holes on the top?” he teases.
“Of course! I didn’t try to suffocate them on purpose.”
“I was not,” I giggle.
“Challenge for you,” Jack says. “Can you still catch one?”
“Absolutely I can.”
“Oh, okay, you’re on. First one to catch five wins,” I say, throwing down my own challenge.
“I’ve so got this,” he declares.
So we both get up and begin catching fireflies. We’re laughing and teasing each other and before I know it, I have bested Jack.
“That’s five,” I declare happily, snatching the fifth firefly. I open up my palm to reveal it to him, and then I release it to the night sky.
And in a way, I feel released, too. I’m releasing the negativity about the job search, and I’m starting new tomorrow with Jack’s help. I gaze at his profile, and I know this German-speaking boy next door has something—if not everything-to do with this newfound feeling I have.
He turns and catches me looking at him. We don’t say anything for a moment, and another firefly flashes light between us.
“I guess I should be heading home,” he says softly.
“So I’ll see you tomorrow for sushi?”
“Yes,” I say, smiling back at him. “And I’ll send you my resume right now.”
Jack nods. “Okay then. I’ll see you tomorrow. And thank you for tonight.”
“I should be thanking you,” I say softly.
He turns and begins walking across the grass. I cross my arms over my chest, his sweatshirt still keeping me warm. Jack suddenly stops and turns to me.
“’Hochzeit mit Hindernissen,’” Jack says.
I begin laughing. “What?”
“The German title for ‘The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding,’” Jack says, grinning at me. “That’s one of my favorite Friends episodes.”
Another firefly lights up in front of me as I watch him walk away. And then I realize that’s what Jack is to me.
He’s like a firefly who has lit up the darkness.
And I find myself drawn to his light.
Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night. Connectivity is Aven’s debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista (New Adult romantic comedy) will be published next year.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.
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