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Once and Again (Petal, Georgia Book 1) Kindle Edition

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“Readers will be smitten by the Southern charm of this sexy starter to the Petal, GA, series. The sensual romance between these likable protagonists, the focus on family, and ample rolls in the hay make for an entertaining read for your contemporary set.”
—Library Journal on Once and Again

 

“The strength of character and love between them had me turning the pages, not wanting to put their story down.”
—Joyfully Reviewed on Once and Again

 

“It's sexy, steamy and so much fun.”
—Whipped Cream reviews on Once and Again

Book Description

Thanks to her father running off with a twenty-year-old, though, Lily’s back in her home town to pick up the pieces. First: meet with her brother’s teacher in a quest to pull up his grades.
Nathan looks up from his desk to see all-grown-up Lily walking into his classroom. She was the only one who felt right. At least until his immature mistake drove her away.
Lily has no room in her life for a man who broke her heart before. But with a little help from his friends, Nathan plans to rekindle the flame.


Product Details

  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (August 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PTGZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

The story goes like this - While on pregnancy bed rest, Lauren Dane had plenty of down time so her husband took her comments about "giving that writing thing a serious go" to heart and brought home a secondhand laptop. She wrote her first book on it before it gave up the ghost. Even better, she sold that book and never looked back.

Today Lauren is a New York Times bestselling author of over fifty novels and novellas across several genres.

Visit Lauren on the web at www.laurendane.com
E-mail laurendane@laurendane.com
Blog www.laurendane.com/blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurendane
You can write to her at: PO BOX 45175, Seattle, WA 98145

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sam Brown on August 31, 2011
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I am a huge fan of the Chase brothers so it was great to keep reading about the town of Petal. I really liked Lilly's story with her family and trying to help her brother finish school. It took up most of the book. There was not a lot about Nathan except that he messed up with Lilly years ago. It barely told parts of his childhood, if it wasn't for the fact that I read all the Chase books I wouldn't know anything about him. It seemed every scene he was in was just about him trying to get Lilly and what she does to him, as to where Lilly's character was really emotional with family, friends and the past. It seemed a little one sided. But it was great to hear about where all the Chase brother were in life. You kinda had to guess how many years later it was. I would recommend to read this book but if you haven't read the Chase brothers reading them first will give you more background, plus they are great books.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D.C. on September 14, 2011
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I was excited when I saw this because Lauren Dane is always on my MUST have auto purchase list. I normally give her books 5 stars.
I loved the Chase brothers and was excited about this book.
DO NOT try this if you have not read the previous books, it will be character overload trying to keep up.
I liked Lily but I never felt like her character was fully developed, it was like there was too much going on due to the other people in the book and catching up with them and we never fully got her story. The end was abrupt, and I was a bit disapointed.
It was great catching up with everyone, however it almost felt like this book was trying to do so many things that it didn't really focus on the love interest. There was story groundwork for them and then her family problems (which were too numerous to list) then there was all the 4 couples from previous stories, plus people that were ancillary to those stories, and it just felt like there was too much to put in too short a story. I had been so excited when I saw 385 pages, and then had it end approx 30 pages short of that for previews for other books - GRRRRRRR hate that pet peeve.

I would purchase this book if you loved the Chase Bros, but would probably not read as stand alone or if you are not interested in following them. There was not a lot of detail with them, but you know how many kids Matt had, that is about it.

The story had lots of potential, but I just did not feel it got anywhere in particular.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura C. on November 17, 2011
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I hope the other Petal Georgia books will be better. This wasn't Ms. Dane's best book. It didn't have all the characters we love from the Chase series. It really didn't have the whole town aspect either. The main characters were kinda..blah. Basically she comes home from a long absence to take care of her younger brother, he is a teacher at her younger brother's school. They used to date a long long long time ago in college, he screwed up, she dumped him. Now he wants her back..steamy sex ensues, and ta-da! HEA for them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Obsessed on December 20, 2011
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I was truly excited to be revisiting Petal, GA since the completion of the Chase Brothers. I have to say, catching up with the entire Chase family was the only highlight of this book.

Lily and Nathan used to be an item in college until she caught him kissing her cousin. Fast forward to present day, she's back in Petal to take care of her little brother and alcoholic mother. Upon seeing Lily after all that time, Nathan realizes he wants her back. That didn't ring all that valid to me.

Nothing about Nathan stood out to me as leading man material. He didn't really do much throughout the book other than get frustrated with Lily's need for space.

I wasn't invested in the outcome of their relationship one way or the other because it didn't seem to be about anything but sex.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2011
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i was totally disappointed in this. when i first started reading and realized we were in Petal/the Chase series i literally said omg outloud and was so happy to be back there but then the more i read the more i wonder why are we being given this dribble and what happened to the author as its nowhere near as enjoyable as the Chase series. with the hints of the disgruntled stalking ex girlfriend Steffie, the hateful sister, the cheating father and his money hungry girlfriend I was expecting at least some drama, anything would have been good but what I got was ho hum dribble, dribble and more dribble. So very very disappointed - the author shouldnt have even bothered to release this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ann Marie Moore on August 31, 2011
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This book is flat and dull, I love the Chase series, re-read all 4 books in anticipation of this book. What a mistake! All that did was point out the glaring differences between the two series. The Chase series had deep, and balanced characterisation, even secondary characters were detailed. Not in this book. I learned more about Nathan and his "story" when reading Tate and Matt's delicious tale, where Nathan was just one of Tate's brothers.

I though Lily heroic for coming back to deal with her family, but I didn't care.
I didn't care about Lily, and very sadly,I didn't care about Nathan.
This book felt as though it was just churned out....
The ending seemed like the only possible outcome and it trudged along to get to the uninspiring closure.
The last page was the most interesting, and still dull.
I would have preferred to wait longer and have a story worthy of Nathan, and the other books based in Petal.

The only reason I am not giving it 1 star is because I found out what Cassie and Tate's babies were!
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