A Romance Review of Above All by Rebecca Brooks

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After reading the synopsis of Above All, I knew I had to check it out. I love the idea of escaping a painful past in dramatic fashion. And Casey does just this.

The vast majority of this story takes place at a campground in the Adirondacks. The reason for Casey’s need for solitude is because of a bad breakup with her long-term boyfriend. Her ex was an author, and by chance, she’s given a copy of his much hyped bestseller by a visiting camper (and soon-to-be love interest), Ben. After scanning her ex’s new book, she sees that he thanked his new girlfriend, “Above All.” The nerve. The very thing she was looking to escape, found her.

Despite this, she continues on in her role as manager of the Adirondack campground site. She tries to return to the routine that helped her cope: keeping to herself.

However, Ben turns into something more than a fleeting crush. She thought escaping could tamp down her true desires, but Ben’s introduction is a reminder that you can’t run forever.

Casey and Ben have an instant connection. And on his last night, instead of taking things to the next level, there’s a turn. Ben holds back while she wants to move it forward.

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The novel is broken up into seasons, which was an interesting choice. For me, these time gaps and pacing choices took away from what their early romance could have been.

While their later love scenes were hot and steamy, it didn’t feel like they were a couple that could be in it for the long haul. There was an intensity that lacked.

While the author pointed out that Ben was younger than Casey, his other attributes made him feel different from other male leads. He didn’t come across like he fell hard or would die without Casey in his life. That may sound over the top, but it’s that kind of passionate urgency that makes romance novels memorable.

*Many thanks for the ARC I received. It was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.

Above All is out now!

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