Book Review: Begin Again by Mona Kasten

Begin Again

Author: Mona Kasten

Publisher: Bastei Entertainment

Genre: YA Romance, Fiction


clipart-bars-dividers-1Blurb (as on Goodreads):

He makes the rules. She breaks them all.
A new start. It’s the only thing keeping Allie Harper going, when she packs up her life and moves across the country to Woodshill, Oregon. She’s about to start college, desperate to leave the ghosts of her past behind her. Even if that means never talking to her parents again.
Now the hard part – finding an apartment before classes start. Just when it seems she’ll have to live out of her car, Allie visits one more place. It’s beautiful. With one exception: can she stand being roommates with campus bad boy Kaden White? Sure, Kaden is sexy with his tattoos and careless attitude, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. With nowhere else to go, Allie moves in.
The first thing Kaden does is make a set of rules. Either Allie obeys, or she’s out:

1. Don’t talk about your girl problems.
2. Keep your mouth shut if I bring someone home.
3. We will NEVER hook up.

Easy enough, thinks Allie. Who would want to get involved with a brute like Kaden? But the more she gets to know him, the more she sees beyond his gruff facade. He, too, is harboring some painful secrets. For Kaden and Allie, it gets harder and harder to ignore the sparks between them. And the lines between the rules start to blur-
Begin Again is a beautiful romance that shows us just how possible it is to start over. To find freedom in heartbreak and love in the most unlikely places.

gold-dividerMy Take:

Allie and Kaden are looking for a new start or at least an escape from their old, troubled life. Allie is a chirpy, freedom-loving girl and has come down to Woodshill to set up her new life, far away from her family. Kaden is the ruggedly handsome guy with tattoos, each connected to a certain memory in the past. And what connects them is the presence of certain memories in each of their lives that once broke them, beyond repair.

Allie and Kaden end up becoming roommates and Kaden sets up certain rules.

1. Don’t talk about your girl problems.
2. Keep your mouth shut if I bring someone home.
3. We will NEVER hook up.

Each one is happy in their lives. Allie ends up befriending Kaden’s friends and they all hang out together. Allie and Kaden start getting comfortable with each other as friends. And then the sparks start to fly. The attraction, the sexual tension increases as both of them start to take care of each other. Allie finds emotional stability in Kaden’s arms and she finally tells him all about her past

Do they break the rules? Well, maybe a little. Things start going south when Kaden’s brother shows up and threatens Kaden that he would reveal the secrets of his past to Allie- secrets that Kaden is ashamed of.

The chemistry between Kaden and Allie is great and I thought I would hate Kaden after reading the blurb but I ended up liking his character. He’s sweet and caring and a little ‘bent’. He’s supportive and understanding. Allie has her own emotional baggage too just like Kaden. It’s a face paced, mushy romantic tale. A bit cliche too sometimes. But their characters are so strong that it’s worth the read. I never really got bored because their love story was so eventful. The love making scenes were a little repetitive according to me but their time of occurrence was so well placed. Another thing I hated about this book is Kaden’s mood swings. He kept justifying all his stupid tantrums by saying that he had a bad past. It was illogical at times. Or maybe, I just expected a darker, scandalous secret than what was mentioned in the story.

Begin Again is a treat for the Romance genre lovers. It has some great characters, a good plot and a lot of love.



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