As you know from my previous posts that I love to read. In all of my reading, I have found my way into BETA reading, which is reading and reviewing before the novel/novella/short story/etc. before it is published. I have recently had the absolute pleasure to read Jordyn Meryl’s newest “Becca’s Dance.” Here is my review…
Becca’s Dance by Jordyn Meryl
My Review by Jen Burgess
Do you remember your first love? Remember the itching in your palms to touch that person, the falling sensation of your stomach when you kiss, or the undying smile that stays on your face when you think of their face. In “Becca’s Dance” you are sucked into Becca’s world now as a rejected wife from a “safe” marriage, then back to a special summer 20 years prior. Becca was a strong willed, energetic, artistic woman 20 years ago, but life has tamed her. She married, had children and was the “Stepford Wife” her husband wanted her to be until he simply said he wanted out. With her children in college, she goes back to her Aunt Tilley’s lake house, the only place that has ever felt like home. There she starts to remember why that was her home and how much she belongs there. However, in going back she starts to vividly recall the heat, passion and deep seated love she discovered 20 years ago. Enters Clay. Clay is a local; his whole family has always lived near that lake. One day when he sees the grown up Becca he knows this is his “one.” They experience love and passion that only true, first loves can have. But when a tragedy shakes their foundation, Becca runs and Clay self-destructs. Can coming back to her home, finding her first love again, reconnecting with all of her friends help Becca pick up her shattered pieces? Will Becca and Clay reignite that passion or has that shipped sailed and friendship is all they have?
This book sucks you in with the first sentence…”Damn, damn. Double damn!” The characters are so well developed that you think of them as real, every day people. The undercurrents of passion, hurt and love are so palpable between Clay and Becca that you are cheering for them to come back together. The friendships between the girls and the guys seem very natural and believable. The flashbacks are GREAT! They really put you in that position. It made me start thinking about summers I had with friends at the beach. My favorite flashback was:
Slowly, lazily, never breaking eye contact, he lowered his mouth. The moist heat of his mouth against hers made desire claw at her, hot and sharp. Planting a deep kiss on her mouth, his low growl of delight vibrated her. Returning his kiss, she went up on her tip-toes, ran her hands up his arms, gripping the tight muscles of his upper arms. The kiss continued as he gently, with the touch of fire, let it linger.
OH. MY. GAWD! That is just one such moment that your heart sort of stutters. I think that this book works, especially for me, because sometimes going back to those good times…and not so good times can remind you of what you had and how to be thankful. It can also remind you of the love you once shared with someone…or maybe still do. I give this book 5 out of 5. I would recommend this book to any novel reader.