Thursday, 8 January 2015

Lisa J Hobman - Reasons to Leave (Reasons Part One)

**Review by Susan

The daughter of a single mother, and abandoned by her father, Stevie thought she had finally found a man she could trust. 
Aged eighteen she thought she would be with Jason forever. 
Everything between them was perfect until the night of the leaver's ball when he disappeared without trace. 
Ten years on, can Stevie ever learn to trust again enough to give her heart? 
Or are the ghosts of her past determined to stop her from ever finding true love? 

Reasons to Stay (book 1) by Lisa J Hobman was a pleasure to read. We meet the high school sweethearts (Stevie and Jason) around the time of leaving high school and preparing for university. The bond they shared, emotionally was so incredibly strong and beautiful to read although they still haven't had sex, their connection is no less.  

Jason seems vague about his plans for university although Stevie assures him it's just a wobble, a sudden disappearance when a 'leavers ball' is planned breaks her heart. My heart plummeted thinking something awful had happened to Stevie's 'soul mate'.
Ten years passes and she has no contact, no one does. It's heartbreaking seeing how she has difficulties connecting or forming any solid relationships because of her hurt. In her mind, after an absent father she tarnished all men with the same brush and accepted that they would leave her. It was heartbreaking, my only wish was for her to find some happiness. 

A last minute change to her work schedule meant a school trip to Scotland with a coach full of teenagers for an activity filled 7 days. Needless to say, she meets a 'handsome man' who seemed to do nothing but irritate her initially. The arrogant, pig headed man would make her realise a lot about herself and even some things she didn't know at all.
We see the couple physically and emotionally connect, 
but the sadness when Stevie needs to return to her home, let and job in London is evident. When it comes to the pair saying goodbye I was sobbing. Wanting nothing more than them to reach a compromise. Cue Susan reaching for the Kleenex.

My heart was in my mouth and the emotional rollercoaster of their relationship seems doomed, despite them quite obviously being made for one another. Do they both have too many issues or hurt behind them to move forward? Another 5* book from the talented Lisa J Hobman.

You can keep in touch with Lisa and news about her books on her websiteFacebook, or Twitter.

Get your copy of Reasons to Leave here (UK) or here (US).

I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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