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Once and Again (Petal, Georgia) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Dane
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This time, he plans to do it with class. Style. And more than a little groveling…

Petal, Georgia, Book 1

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.

Editorial Reviews


“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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PTGZK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good book August 31, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK September 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my fave.. 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not even close to the Chase series... 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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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Think the Bloom Fell Off the Petal September 3, 2011
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NOTE: May contain what you consider spoilers.

Let me preface this review by saying that I have really enjoyed most of Lauren Dane's books in the past, most especially the Chase brothers' books. I classify them as follows, with Shane and Matt being my favorite:

* Kyle - Strong and Kind
* Shane - Strong and Protective
* Marc - Strong and Carefree
* Matt - Strong and Pretty

The description for this book indicates that this book is the first in a new series. Well, maybe it is, but it's set in the same town that the Chase books were set in, hence my immediate thoughts of the brothers and my high expectations. Oh, the letdown.

I think to truly appreciate Petal, you need to read the Chase series. Of course, if you do that, you'll enjoy this book so much less because... it's just less, when compared to those books, in every aspect. With the other books, you really get a good feel for Petal. The small-town atmosphere, the benefits and pitfalls of living in a place where everybody knows your business, the pride people have in the place they live, events (fireworks, the Sunday market) that bring the townspeople together... you get the feeling of community. With this book, all of that is missing. In a good book, the town is a character in itself - and I'm here to proclaim that Petal got robbed in this book! I can only guess that they're assuming you have read the Chase books and therefore don't need a lot of information about the town.

One of the things I've loved about Lauren Dane's books is the sense of family - both the good and the bad of having family involved in your life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet with a little bit of spice
I enjoyed this book. I liked that Lily and Nathan were college sweethearts, but I wish we had gotten more back story as well as more current story between them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amy Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in Petal
As I have read all of the Chase brothers' stories, I had to read this one. It was not quite as detailed as those, although I did enjoy it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me interested.
Two people who dated before and it ended badly only to be thrown back together years later. He definitely realized his mistake and she was at a different place in her life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by stepha17
4.0 out of 5 stars very good story
this story was very good. I really liked the characters and build of the plot. then the finish was too quick for me.
Published 7 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars AWWWWW!!!
I'm glad the Petal, GA gang is back and Dane updated what was going on with everyone. I had just read the Chase Brother books, so fortunately I didn't have to wait many years to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wonder Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I love the way Lauren Dane writes. You can relate to the characters. You must read the Chase Brothers series before reading the Petal books
Published 9 months ago by kimberly abel
3.0 out of 5 stars a quick easy read
A quick easy read for a summer afternoon. I wished for a little more conflict, but an easy read is usually light on conflict.
Published 9 months ago by PR Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, and a great addition to this series.
I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. Second chances don't always turn out well, but thankfully this one did. And wow! Talk about hot and steamy scenes.... Read more
Published 13 months ago by CINDY F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Second chance
I always enjoy Lauren Dane books. Lily is my kind of girl strong, independent, ambitious loving snarky so on and so forth. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laselle
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Great character development. I enjoyed their interactions and learning about them. The plot was good but could have been a bit more active.
Published 13 months ago by Look4red
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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.

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