Book Review: Sweet Forty-Two

Sweet Forty-Two (November Blue #3) by Andrea Randall: 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 he's finally ready to let go.

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?

TeriLyn's thoughts: Andrea Randall knocked me flat on my behind with Sweet Forty-Two. I LOVE the November Blue series. I read Bo and Ember's stories around this time last year and fell in love with the characters. Regan Kane was no exception so I'm really glad we get to experience his story. With that said, I was not expecting Sweet Forty-Two to be what it was, which is completely different than the first books in the series. Regan and Georgia's story is about healing, growing, and destroying major emotional walls. They are both broken in their own way dealing with life the best they know how with their specific emotional outlets. I was so pleased that Georgia was not a musician but had something in her life that she was equally as passionate about as Regan is with his fiddle. Regan and Georgia form a friendship and through that a friendship an unbreakable bond. Their relationship is not a romantic through 90% of the book yet it's just as, if not more, intimate.

The commonalities they share through their pain is gut wrenching. Their passion for what they love is equally as gut wrenching. Regan and Georgia are stagnant; going through the motions without really moving. The trust and bond they place on each other without romantic feelings is real. Not always honest though. Georgia is a fascinating heroine to me. She constructs a reality that is safe for her because she is crippled by fear. The Alice themes that are woven through the book added to Georgia's intrigue because there's always more beneath her hard exterior. Regan is the same Regan from Reckless Abandon. He's honest, open, funny, and vulnerable all wrapped into one. He loves fiercely and isn't afraid to show it. Regan is broken from what happened in Reckless Abandon and his experience working through that pain is beautiful, hauntingly beautiful. The quiet moments when they’re together in Georgia’s shop is full of hope and peace. Andrea Randall knows how to write a scarily calm scene. Even when their minds are so full they’re bursting, Randall manages to provide a serene escape thus how their bond truly forms, and it’s beautiful to read.

It warmed my heart to see Bo and Ember in Sweet Forty-Two. They've came so far and their relationship with Regan has become solid especially Ember. The kinship that she and Regan share made me abundantly happy. I can't wait to see more of that in the next books. Sweet Forty-Two is a different kind of romance. It's as tragic as it is uplifting. Regan and Georgia's relationship is somewhere between a friendship and romance, shifting their souls irreparably. Normally, when reading a love story I look for romance for a lot of the story. Andrea Randall brilliantly redirects this line of thinking with Sweet Forty-Two. It's a love story of epic proportions representing love in the past and present. But, most importantly, it promises a great love for the future.

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