Author: Sigal Ehrlich
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: November 6 2014
Nia Martins believes a fresh start will help her leave her traumatic past behind. Moving to a different country, she seeks to shake off her demons by doing the one thing that sets her free from her destructive thoughts – teaching dance. But change doesn't come easy, and all Nia really wants is to take the next breath without the perpetual suffocation that follows.
Reeves Mitchell has looked death in the eyes so many times it’s become habitual. That is, until his best friend's life was on the line. When the one thing he feared the most turns into reality, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his loss. As Reeves tries to live with the constant thought of “what if” gnawing at the back of his mind, he persistently and steadily builds a thick wall around himself.
Their solitary lives are all they have—until fate brings them together. Nia and Reeves’ new friendship helps make life, shadowed by the ghosts of their past, more bearable. But as their relationship deepens and new, suppressed feelings emerge between them, are they willing to retrace their steps back to where wounded hearts can be broken once more?
After really adoring Sigal’s Layers books, I was very much looking forward to this one as she branches out into new adult contemporary romance. This is a standalone novel and really quite sweet as we follow Nia, newly arrived in the USA from Brazil trying to leave a tragic past behind and make a new life for herself in a new country as a dance teacher. Her first meeting with Reeves is NOT one to forget as he catches her with quite literally nothing to hide in a situation that’s highly embarrassing for her and highly entertaining for him.
She thinks she will never see him again but it turns out that they’re new neighbours and frequent the same club so their paths are destined to cross. And often. I did enjoy this but I didn’t really connect with the story of the characters quite as well as I did with the Layers books. For a start, the truly doom-laden dual prologue actually led me to think that it foreshadowed something far darker than I actually found in the pages within and for a while I found myself constantly waiting for something evil and nefarious to creep out of the shadows but what I was actually getting was classic new adult romance – a young couple trying to put traumatic pasts behind them and find love together. Once I got my head around this and realised to just go with the budding romance between Reeves and Nia, I started to enjoy it far more.
Reeves is a great hero despite his reluctance to commit to more than fuck-buddies with Nia, I really began to adore him and there’s some truly very beautiful and tender scenes in the book and Reeves is every girl’s dream – he’s gorgeous, tough, alpha and shit hot in the bedroom and he and Nia forge a very beautiful and genuine connection but they’re both reluctant to open up and talk about their feelings and confide in one another about the past which leads to a pretty big misunderstanding and some difficult times ahead for them.
My one major niggle with the book has to be Nia – she’s supposed to be a young Brazilian dancer moving to the US to start a new life and not once does she ever come across as anything but a young American. There’s very few hints about her speaking another language, coming from another culture and she’s fitted into the American way of life seamlessly, almost as if she’d grown up there. I know it’s only a minor quibble but I really would have like to have seem more of the Brazilian side of her.
But, all in all, this is a sweet and enjoyable romance. I think I prefer Sigal’s more adult stories but if you’re a fan of the new adult romance genre, then this will most definitely work for you.
Read Chapter One
"I can’t put my finger on anything specific that inspired me to write RETRACE. It was more a blend of many things that eventually grew into a story about letting go and learning to love and accept. Some of the key elements that did inspire me though, were a few crazy, vivid dreams that eventually turned into scenes, music, a lot of music, and mainly the characters themselves. Reeves and Nia practically seized my mind to the point I couldn't concentrate on anything else and just had to pour their story out of me. The book traces their hesitant journey into deep friendship that helps them cope with traumatic pasts, and gradually leads them to discover the path to heal and accept. As Nia and Reeves’ characters developed into people I believed my readers would feel strongly about, and connect with, in tandem the story took shape into an emotional ride with touches of angst, humor, suspense and a whole lot of steam…"
“So, for the sake of proper conduct, Miss Mitchell,” I send out my hand for a shake, “you know my name…”
She observes my offered palm for a short moment, and fills it with her soft one. Bare, groomed fingernails, just the way I like. In unison our stares drop to where our palms link. Something’s happening there, something that produces energy with unworldly speed.
“Miss Mitchell,” she says, prompting our stares to re-meet. Her expression a transparent tease. I nod, amusement playing on my face.
“Well, we’ve crossed nudity off the list, so I guess it’s safe to say we should be okay on a first name basis…”
She mirrors my glee. “It’s Nia.”
Nia. I repeat her name in my head. Everything about her is just what I like, neat and natural, and absolutely gorgeous. All the good reasons for me to get the hell out of here.
“It was a pleasure,” I say and send her a wicked grin.
She sighs with a smile, in a “what’s done is done, I can’t take it back,” kind of shy way.”
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About the Author
By teen age, Sigal already lived in three different continents where she was lucky enough to experience and visit varied places, meet unique people, which only helped fuel her overly developed imagination. Currently, Sigal calls Estonia home where she lives with her husband and three kids. Not exactly sure where they will end up next…
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