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You Again by Ashlee Mallory….Blog Tour Stop & Review

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You Again

by: Ashlee Mallory

Release Date: 3/24/14

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Synopsis:

A hopeless crush…

Back in high school, Allie McBride thought the sun set around Sam Fratto’s smiles, even if they were only friends. Now she’s older, wiser, hotter, and teaching at the same school they grew up in. When Sam joins the faculty, she has a chance to make good on the crush that got away. But when a dead body turns up on school grounds, they realize there might be a murderer in their midst. The heat keeps getting hotter between Allie and Sam, but more might be in danger than their hearts…

The cute kid from high school is all grown up…

A family crisis brings true-crime writer Sam Fratto back to town after more than a decade’s absence. Teaching at his alma mater seems like a good way to pass the time—especially when he sees that Allie, the geeky, sweet-mannered girl from high school, has blossomed into the saucy teacher in the classroom next door. Too bad finding a dead body transforms his return into one of his true-crime books come to life. And when it seems the killer might be after Allie next, it’s up to him to keep her safe…

A killer determined to keep the past buried at any price…

As if dealing with the return of one ghost from her past wasn’t enough, it looks like the killer might be the person they least suspected. Someone from the past. Someone with something to hide. Someone who thinks Allie and Sam are getting a little too close to the truth. If Allie and Sam are going to get out of this alive, these two friends to lovers will have to work together…or die together…

 

My Review:

You Again is the first book by author Ashlee Mallory that I have read and from start to finish I really enjoyed this suspenseful romance!

English teacher Allie McBride cannot believe he’s back.  Sam Fratto.  The one and only huge crush she had devoted her entire high school career to pining over from afar.  He was smart, handsome and a star soccer player back then and everything a girl wants in those teen years.  Of course now, he was just as desirable.   Still handsome and even more sexy.  And also a bestselling true crime author.  SO it was a little bit shocking that he was here, back in their small hometown, offering to take up some of the English classes from a recently retired colleague at her school.  As if Sam being back wasn’t emotionally jostling enough, a body has been found on the school grounds.  The body of their beloved high school English teacher who had gone missing 14 years earlier.  Allie soon finds herself working with Sam on trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Mr. Williams and also finds herself working on trying to squelch the attraction she thought had died out so many years ago….

Sam knew the beautiful blond looked familiar but he just couldn’t place her.  Now being back at his old school and seeing she was on the faculty here with him, he figured out who she was.  The shy, fresh-faced sweet underclassmen he had fond memories of working on the school paper with back in the day.  She had turned into quite a stunning woman now and he couldn’t stop thinking about her.  Determined to give a memorial to Mr. Williams, he offers to help her along the way and try to find out the truth of what happened to one of his favorite teachers.  Will he also find more than an old friendship with Allie along the way?

The mystery surrounding the death of one of the kindest and well respected teachers in their alma matter will not only bring many suspects and scandals to life but will bring two people closer than they ever had imagined.

The suspense in this murder mystery had me guessing from the very beginning.  The subtle hints that author Mallory dropped throughout were really well done and all came together in beautifully in the end.  All the thoughts I had were validated when the pieces of the puzzle started fitting together.  The story was well thought out and had more to it than just a murder.  There was plenty of deceit, cover-ups and even infidelity, all leading to a “whoa” ending.  The relationship between Allie and Sam built beautifully and believably along the way… something I really appreciate in a romantic suspense.

All in all, this was a very entertaining and suspenseful story with a juicy plot and unexpectedly devious characters.  I enjoyed it from start to finish and will be putting author Mallory on my list of authors to watch for!

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Author Bio:

Ashlee lives with her husband, two kids, a dog, and cat surrounded by the majestic mountains of her hometown of Salt Lake.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she always wanted to know what it was like to live on the other side of the mountains. In college, she interned a semester in DC and later attended law school in Syracuse, New York, where she also ventured to Israel for a summer semester. After graduating law school with a taste of what it’s like living in the bigger world, she moved back home to Salt Lake and took the Utah Bar Exam, got married, and settled in with her hubby and two wonderful kids. After a few more years in the legal realm, she grew restless and turned her pen to one of her first loves—writing stories.

Currently, when she’s not working the day job as in-house counsel, she spends her time with the family and squeezing in writing time—anything to avoid the housekeeping. Just kidding, honey! ;)

She writes with romance and humor at the heart of every story—and a healthy dash of mystery and suspense.

Hopefully she pulls it off.

Email: Ashleemallory7@gmail.com

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Comments

  1. Bethany Macielag says:

    Thank you for this giveaway

  2. Amber Hughes says:

    Enjoyed this one too! Great review 🙂

  3. OOOH! I love mysteries!! And I love the geeky-next-door girl turns into a swan type book! I am definitely adding this to my to-read list! 🙂

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