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Review: Bonded for Life by Sharon Buchbinder

High school reunions can be great things or they could be the worst nightmare for those who were outcast. For Webster Bond, he never thought he'd be stuck in Victory Shores and with the upcoming high school reunion, he isn't that interested. For Lola Getz who spent time as a foreign exchange student, the last thing she wants is to return to time where the worst year of her life occured. Intrigued with the set up and because I am a fan of this author, I picked up the book to read more.

This story is a bit different than the previous stories I have read by Ms. Buchbinder. Instead of paranormal, it is contemporay romance. Having never read a contemporary romance by Ms. Buchbinder, this storyline took me off guard. The story required me to suspense my disbelief several times in order to stay through to the end. I am not sure these sections that were jarring for my brain were plot holes, but they did feel a bit klunky, unlike her paranormal stories. Specifically, Lola's family and the workers at her home. There are disconnects that feel glossed over. The ending also was a little too pat for me, but it is a romance.

What I did enjoy was the Hallmark-esque return to Victory Shores. I liked how some of the high school classmates turned out. Some of them still seemed terrible but there is more than meets the eye for a couple of ones that I thought were hopeless. I also liked the subplot with Webster's mother and how she had unknown ties to Lola.

This romance is recommended to readers who enjoy second chance themes in a small town setting.

* I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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