Jun 1, 2014

Love In Rewind by Tali Alexander *Review*

On the outside Emily Bruel lives the perfect life. She’s been happily married for almost ten years with two beautiful children. Living on New York City’s Upper East Side, she inhabits a palatial townhouse that was once an embassy. She has a live-in nanny, a housekeeper, a cook, a driver, a masseuse and a trainer. Young, skinny, stunning, she wants for nothing. Except, of course, the want she has for her husband to stop ignoring her existence and touch her, the way he did once.

Emily starts rewinding her love story with the most beautiful man she has ever laid eyes on: Louis Bruel. He was once deemed New York City’s most eligible bachelor. He plucked and hooked the then eighteen-year-old innocent and stunning Emily Marcus before the world had a chance to lay eyes on her. He created a life for Emily that others could only dream of. Was she a fool to trust that one woman could be enough for the insatiable, gorgeous, playboy millionaire? Can their uninhibited, scorching romance just fizzle out and die? With the help of ‘80s songs we journey back with Emily into their lives and their love in rewind.

I received a copy of this story for an honest review. Pictures used as part of this review are used for fun and do not belong to me.

I am an old married lady (technically I’m 33 but 2 years of dating and 12 years of marriage totally counts toward ‘old married lady’ status in my mind). We’ve had ups and downs but overall it’s been pretty awesome. The reason I share this is because as much as I love all forms of romance reads, sometimes what I really crave is a kick-butt story about a married couple. The kind of story where the married couple still has fire and spark but faces their drama only to come out stronger for their trials in the end. Author Tali Alexander gave me just what I was looking for with Love in Rewind, an impressive (and hot, hot, hot) tale of a marriage that unexpectedly goes wrong after starting out oh so right. 

At 29, Emily Bruel should feel on top of the world. She’s married to billionaire Louis Bruel, “The Baron of New York Real Estate,” and together they are parents to two beautiful children. Emily’s closet is made up of the latest fashions, her bank account is always full, and a dedicated trainer has kept her body in top shape. There is just one small problem. The man she’s devoted the last eleven years of her life to, the man she’s created the picture perfect family for… hasn’t touched her in 95 days and seems to have forgotten that she exists. As the cracks in her marriage become harder to hide, Emily takes a look back to the beginning to figure out what went wrong.

At 18, Emily Marcus is on top of the world. A recent high school grad, Emily is looking forward to fun times with her best friend Sara and making some money helping out her sister and brother-in-law with their catering/event business. Her first night on the job turns out to be a life changer when she locks eyes with New York’s most eligible bachelor, Louis Bruel. The tall, dark, and handsome businessman begins to consume Emily’s every thought and fortunately for her, Louis appears to feel the same way. The two have a definite physical attraction but can they forge a real relationship, something that will last despite multiple challenges from family, friends, and each other?

I loved Love in Rewind so much that I read it in one sitting only to turn around and start rereading it the next day. Author Tali Alexander creates an amazing couple with Emily and Louis, one that I can see myself revisiting multiple times in the future. Somehow the pair manages to come across as real and believable even in an exaggerated world of wealth and privilege. I felt Emily’s heartbreak as she dealt with Louis’s lack of attention, felt her joy recalling their courtship, blushed at some of their more intimate moments, and (not a total spoiler) celebrated their eventual HEA. 

Love in Rewind has an additional bonus, 80’s music. Emily and her best friend speak in short-hand of 80’s song titles which sum up their feelings with the lyrics of the song. Examples – When Emily and Louis hook up in his car it translates to “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” by Billy Ocean. When Emily thinks her marriage is over it translates to “It Must have Been Love” by Roxette. This was candy to my 80’s music nerd brain and resulted in several late night MP3 purchases.

Love in Rewind is an amazingly fun and easy read that you won’t forget any time soon. I highly recommend it. 

Happy reading.

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