Above All (book review)
Above All was written by Rebecca Brooks. The book tour was organized by N K Author Services. I was given a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
Reeling from a sudden breakup, Casey Webb leaves Brooklyn, drives north and settles in a sleepy mountain town in upstate New York. She’s convinced she’s happy being alone—until she reads the acknowledgments in her ex-boyfriend’s hit debut novel, thanking his new girlfriend “above all”.
Good thing Ben Mailer is in town. The hot, young Brooklyn-bound chef offers the perfect distraction, and soon Casey is having the best sex of her life—on a mountain, in the lake, all over her cozy cabin. But as their weekend fling turns into something more, the demands of Ben’s family and budding career make moving to her idyllic town impossible.
Now Casey must decide what she can’t live without—her life in the mountains or the man she wants as hers. Smart, sweet and blisteringly hot, Above All is about getting lost…and finding yourself right where you belong.
Sometimes it takes a while to fall in love with a character... but I think I loved Casey from the moment I met her. I mean, the woman ends a relationship with her long time boyfriend, hops in a car, and leaves everything (him, her NYC apartment, her partially finished dissertation, EVERYTHING) behind... and ends up living in an upstate NY campsite cabin. Who does that? I loved her immediately.
And then there was Ben. He was just as easy to love as Casey. Forced up to this cabin in the wilderness to have a reunion with his college friends... while his father hopes they can help him get his priorities straight. (Priority being please your parents by being a top Italian chef in a high end NYC restaurant... not making sandwiches and pastries).
Casey and Ben together were just about perfection. The story of their pull to each other... but their focus on reality... stressed me out at times. The ups and downs had me putting the book down only to pick it up 5 minutes later needing to know what was happening next. If you've read my reviews you know I tend towards telling as little about the story as possible (I hate spoilers)... but I have to share a little of their roller coaster experience. They meet, they kiss, he leaves, my heart breaks. He comes back, they have a weekend of amazing sex (which is even more perfect when young Ben is awkward but older Casey is able to direct him to a mind-blowing climax), the have the best time ever all over the mountain, they make plans to be together after he finishes culinary school, my heart soars. He graduates.... and the roller coaster continues up and down and up and down. I can't tell you how many times my heart broke only to be filled again, over and over. Just.... wow.
This is Rebecca Brooks' first novel... but her website says her next (How to Fall) is "in progress". I can only hope her new characters will be as real and captivating as Casey and Ben.
About the author:
Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new—and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing.