Review: Once and Again (Petal, Georgia #1) by Lauren Dane

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Review: Once and Again (Petal, Georgia #1) by Lauren Dane two-stars
Once and Again by Lauren Dane
Series: Petal, Georgia #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on September 4, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 200
Format: Paperback
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This time, he plans to do it with class. Style. And more than a little groveling...

Seven years ago, Lily Travis was only too glad to see her hometown of Petal, Georgia, in her rearview mirror. Thanks to her father running off with a twenty-year-old, though, here she is, trying to pick up the pieces. First order of business: meet with her brother’s teacher in a quest to pull his grades out of a downward spiral.

Nathan Murphy is pretty much resigned to his bachelor status—until he looks up from his desk to see an all-grown-up Lily walking into his classroom. Of all the women who turned out to be totally wrong for him, she’s the only one who felt right. At least until his foolish, immature mistake drove her away.

Lily has to admit that time has been more than kind to gorgeous, sexy Nathan. Except there’s no room on her full plate for another complication. Especially with a man who broke her heart once before.

With a little help from his friends, Nathan has a plan to rekindle the flame. It isn’t long before they’re burning up the sheets. Winning her heart? That’s another matter.

Warning: Hot, sexy high school teacher in denim and boots. Strong-willed females abound. Bad words and naughtiness, too. Come on, you know you want to read it.

Gosh. I really didn’t care for this one at all. 🙁 And that makes me rather sad. I mean, I read a lot of Lauren Dane. But the Chase Brothers series and the Petal, Georgia spin off aren’t…working for me. At all.

So. Once and Again.

Lily and Nathan grew up together in Petal but Nathan didn’t think of Lily as anything other than his little sister’s BFF until they got to college. While at college the two get together then break up over real reasons – like Nathan kissing Lily’s cousin.

Fast forward 7 years or so and Lily has to move back to Petal to help out her family.

As soon as Nathan sees Lily, he’s after her. He wants back and back in NOW. For me, I really disliked the way he barely apologized. I disliked that he didn’t grovel. And I disliked the way everyone hounded Lily about Nathan. As if it was her fault they were no longer together. As if she was not allowed to make up her own mind.

I really, really didn’t care for that at all. It reminds me of all the times women are pushed, prodded and harassed to date someone they don’t want to because everyone feels that they should. Because that’s what the man wants – and screw whatever the woman wants.


So Lily has to deal with everyone: her little brother is fucking up in school, her mom is doped up and/or drunk all the time, her older sister is a bitch and her dad abandoned her mom and little brother to shack up with a 20 year old. And into this walks Nathan – being entitled and demanding as all hell.


Just when real progress started to happen, Once and Again ends. Just. Like.That. I’m not amused and I’m pretty unhappy with this entire read. But it’s finished. I don’t have plans to read more in this series.

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