In Review: While You’re Away (While You’re Away #2) by Jessa Holbrook

Posted December 29, 2013 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: While You’re Away (While You’re Away #2) by Jessa HolbrookWhile You're Away by Jessa Holbrook
Series: While You're Away #2
Genres: Contemporary
Publication date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: eBook, 52 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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My rating:

Once a cheater, always a cheater?

From the moment Will and Sarah first set eyes upon each other, they know that what they have is special.

There’s just one little problem . . . each of them already has a significant other.

After flirting with danger, it becomes clear their passion is too strong to be denied. But even if they make their relationship official, there are plenty of challenges in store. Will leaves for college at the end of the summer, while Sarah faces her senior year of high school in their small suburban town. Long-distance relationships always come with their fair share of troubles—mismatched schedules, jealousy, and temptation are only the beginning.

Can cheaters ever change?

WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a steamy story about a love triangle, a long-distance relationship, and learning the true meaning of commitment.


in review my thoughts

Sarah’s story continues in part two of my new favorite novella serial. In this book, Sarah has some big decisions to make. Will she stay with the Dave, her friend, musical partner and the guy with whom she has history? Or will she take a risk and pursue Will, the taken player with whom she has an intense chemistry – and maybe something a little more special?

“I wanted to gather him in my arms. I wanted to protect him from the rest of the world, who looked at him and couldn’t see past the surface. I was sad that he hadn’t had a chance to just be until now. His whole life, stuffed into a shape that didn’t fit him… it was like I was the only one who realized that Pinocchio was a real boy.”

One of my favorite things about this series is that Sarah sees a different side to Will. There’s more to him than meets the eye and she’s the only one who can see it. Everyone else expects him to be someone else. She sees the real guy, the vulnerable one, under his carefully-crafted exterior. I think it’s part of what makes these novellas so magical. Her friends don’t understand it, I’m not even sure she fully understands it, but the connection is there and very real and maybe, just maybe, worth risking everything for.

“In our last conversation, Jane and I had come to what seemed like a conclusion: Will was the bad candy, and I shouldn’t have any more. And at the time, I’d agreed.”

Jessa Holbrook has something very special going on with this series. The writing is gorgeous, the dialogue realistic, the characters believable and special enough that I can connect with them in just a few pages. There are sweet moments and sexy moments and funny moments. With humor and heart and just flat-out fantastic storytelling, I’m completely hooked. I’m torn between wanting to know the ending now and wanting to savor every minute of this story. So far the savoring is winning, but we’ll see. 🙂

“You don’t talk to a guy like Will Spencer! You ride him like a pony, and you go, whee, I always wanted to have a pony, and then five minutes later you say, I’m over it now, thanks, bye!”

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About Jessa Holbrook

Jessa Holbrook is a pseudonym for author Saundra Mitchell. She comes from a very small town that happened to have a very big library. When she was six, she fell in love with the stacks and decided to read her way from one end to the other. More than a few years later, she’s still working on it. She’s so in love with books that she also made them her career—and she admits, she cheats on the book she’s reading in the bedroom with the novel she left in the basement. Neither of them know about the clandestine affair she’s enjoying with the tome hiding in her kitchen cupboard.

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