Monday, March 9, 2015

Shadows of Memories (Baxter Academy #2) by Jane Charles

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***I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”***

Shadows of Memories in the 2nd book in the Baxter Academy series but can be read as a stand-alone. It was interesting enough to keep my attention but somewhat light on the romance. 

The story focused mainly on Jenna who is a young 20-something that returns to her hometown to work at Baxter Academy. Jenna, who lost her parents when she was younger, was raised by her grandma and is now her grandma’s sole caretaker. Throughout the book we see the decline of her grandma’s health due to dementia and Cole Harper steps up to help Jenna in a tough time. I really wish we had seen more of Jenna and Cole’s relationship as I think it would have made the book more interesting to a reader who enjoys books categorized in the New Adult genre.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

Jenna Ferguson had the biggest crush on Cole Harper in high school. He didn’t know she existed. Seeing how he now has one of the worst reputations, she’s happy to have never been on his radar. Now, six years later he’s back in her life, and just when she least needs complications. She's got her hands full with her job at Baxter Academy during thy day and trying to figure out what to do with her aging grandmother who isn't at all what she used to be at night. There isn't any time in her schedule for any man these days, and most definitely not for a certain sexy fireman.

If there's one thing Cole Harper knows, it's that Jenna Ferguson needs someone to lean on, someone to love her, and that someone really should be him. He knows what she's going through with her grandmother as he's lived through a similar experience himself. If only she realized he's not the guy he used to be, and if only she'd give him the chance to prove it.

***Recommended for adult readers due to language, sexual content and adult situations***

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