Love and Other Words
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Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first women’s fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).
The story of the heart can never be unwritten.
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.
Love and Other Words is Christina Lauren’s next epic romance! I have read all of this duo’s books and have loved each and every one of them. I will say that this book has a different feel than the others. It’s not full of hotness but sexy. It’s definitely not paranormal. It’s just different. More.
Eleven years. It’s had been eleven years since Macy had seen the boy that was once her everything. Now, he was standing in front of her, asking her to give him a chance. A chance to catch up. A chance to be friends. A chance to show her that he never forgot about her. Their weekends. Their summers. Their friendship. Their love. She never forgot any of it. She still thought about their time together but should couldn’t go there. She was engaged...
After seeing Elliot, she feels raw. Her feelings were all over the place. He wasn’t just a boy anymore. He was a man. A man who didn’t hide his feelings. A man who she still loved. A man who could hurt her all over again. Then there was Sean, her fiancé. The first man she felt something for since Elliot. She has to question herself...is she truly happy with her life or is she comfortable? She thought she had the answers until he showed up.
Elliot and Macy’s story will bring you back to where it all began. To their first moment. Their awkward teen years. Their fallout. It also will bring you to their present. Can two people who were once each other’s everything just be friends? Can they get over the past? What will happen when the truth all comes out?
I loved this story. It’s adorable. It’s sexy. It’s sweet. It’s heartbreaking. It’s beautiful. Elliot is so freakin’ yummy!! He reads. He plays a sport close to my heart. Romantic. Intelligent. He doesn’t hide his feelings. He puts them out there. Macy is beautiful inside and out. Strong. Intelligent and is also a bookworm! I just love them together. Their story is what second chance romances are all about!
P.S. I want her library! Also, I live in Santa Rosa so it was so fun to see the area in a book. Real places that my family visits.
“If there’s anyone I have to prepare for, it’s you.”
“I made Elliot bring Imodium with us when we went to see the Backstreet Boys, because I was having tummy troubles.”
“The embarrassing part of that,” he says, “is that I went to see Backstreet Boys.”
“No,” I correct him, “the embarrassing part was that I caught you dancing.”
He acknowledges this with a little flicker of his eyebrows. “I had moves.”
I laugh. “Yes. Movement is the only way to describe what you were doing.”
Love and Other Words
This is my first Christina Lauren but won’t be my last. I love when I stubble across new authors. The store of Elliot and Macy was a story of friendship, love, angst, insecurity, death, life family and destiny. This book checked all of the books leaving me wanting more and leaving me believing in soulmates. I love when I have a book hangover.
Great fast read
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the way it jumped back and forth from past to present. I will miss these characters.