Starting Over: A New Adult Romance #1 by Ryssa Foust


Starting Over (Book #1)

Genre: M/F, Romance


Parker and Catalina have been best friends for as long as she could remember. When circumstances beyond her control force her out of her home and into the streets, Parker is the one she turns to.

Together they decide to leave the misery of the life they have known behind and create a perfect world of their own.

As time goes on, emotions surface and after one special night it becomes clear that Parker and Catalina are more than just childhood friends.

As Catalina yearns for something more with Parker, she is confused at his odd and distant behaviour until the day she discovers his secret. Shocked by what she finds out, she needs to decide if she can forgive Parker when he betrays her trust and her love for him. Catalina must now decide whether she’ll abandon the boy who has always been her saviour. How will her decisions affect Parker’s life?

***Not a Standalone – This is Book One of a Three-Book Series***


Tears coursed down Catalina’s cheeks as she packed her one, slightly battered suitcase. She looked around at the little one bedroom apartment, which had been her home for the last few months. It was cramped, rotting and occasionally became infested with cockroaches but it had been home and had been a source of comfort, joy and happiness in a time when she had needed it the most. Out of the corner of her eyes she saw that it was almost 3:00pm.
She would have to hurry up if she wanted to avoid seeing Parker. She couldn’t believe it had come to this. Was she really running away from Parker? He had always been the one person in the entire world who she had been able to count on. He was her dearest friend, her confidante, her lover and support system. From the age of four when he had rescued her cat from a tree they had been inseparable. Over the next fourteen years he had continued to be her rock, through thick and thin. It was always them against the world.
But now, here she was running away from him, scared and frightened.
Will I ever stop running? She thought to herself wistfully. What wouldn’t she give for some real stability? This apartment and their new life together had provided some stability and she realized that deep down she had secretly hoped it would be like this forever, or at the least it would be the start of a new life, a better one then the one they had both left behind.
As she continued to pack Catalina’s thoughts drifted back into the past, to her childhood and to Parker. The memory of her first meeting with Parker still burned vividly in her mind and she was reminded once more of how from the very beginning she had always depended on him to rescue her.

My Review: 4/5 Stars

The story begins with Catalina packing and getting ready to leave, but then she thinks of how she first meet Parker and what led up to her leaving the apartment they shared.

Catalina’s home life was not perfect at all and when she meet Parker things seemed to be more tolerable with him around. Parkers home life was just as messed up as Catalina, but they had each. After a horrific night when her step father tried to make a  pass at her when she was sixteen. She goes to Parker and he tells her they should leave. Within a week they move on and go to California. Catalina didn’t delude herself into thinking it was going to be easy, but when Parker found a job at a ‘garage’ things were looking up for them. They find an apartment and Catalina finds a job at an hotel. With both of them working, they were saving money, life was good. Until Parker lied to her about something to important. With his lie in her mind she leaves. Can she make it in a new city and town by herself? Or will she go back to Parker and forgive him for his lie?

I liked this short read. I liked that Ryssa gave the back story into how they came to be where they are. I only wish she had more from Parker’s point of view. I would recommend this book. I can’t wait to read this next book in the series.

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*** An ARC copy was given to me for a honest review.


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