Return to Me by Kelly Moran

March 9th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 56 Comments

9th Mar
Return to Me by Kelly Moran
Return to Me
by Kelly Moran
Series: Covington Cove #1
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

With every beat of the heart comes a memory of what could have been… Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted—including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what’s waiting for him… At the urging of Cole’s sister, Mia has returned to the Covington family’s coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn’t have the luxury of saying no to the job. And she soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She’ll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for.

Return to Me is the first in the Covington Cove series by new to me author Kelly Moran. I loved the simple cover and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this. With its second chance romance, military man and coastal setting all I could say was, “Heck yes, gimmie!” A slow burning romance, broken hearts and a shared past gave Return to Me all the feels allowing me to become lost in Cole and Mia’s story.

Coffee dates with Return to Me

First date: We meet Mia at a rough time in her life. Alone, and solely responsible for her sister’s wellbeing I immediately identified with her. At the same time, we learn about Cole and his last tour overseas. Right away, I am hooked and need to know more. Moran made them feel genuine and hinted at their prior relationship. We know something went terribly wrong and through flashback chapters, we see their first relationship unfold. It was brilliantly done even if I wanted to stay in the present.

Second date: Despite protests, Mia has arrived at Cole’s home ,the former Coventry coastal home in Wilmington, now owned by Cole. She will be his private nurse and help him deal with his injuries and PTSD. Ooo, when these two meet again the tension and emotions are electric. Cole is overwhelmed, but tries to push her away. Mia is tenacious and refuses to bend. I am flipping the pages eager for more. Moran did her homework regarding PTSD and I was impressed with several scenes. Secondary characters from the housekeeper to Cole’s sister and Mia’s sister added humor, grounded the story and proved to be interesting threads.

Third date: Obstacles, forgiveness, a storm and oh so much more had me fully engaged and swooning. We see character growth in both characters and in a secondary character that at this point I have come to adore. Cole is so sweet and swoon-worthy, I really felt for him and Mia poor Mia, I just wanted to hug her. There is angst, but it helped the characters move forward, was not overdone, and delivered all the feels. The end of my date had me wiping a tear and smiling like a fool.

Return to Me had everything I love in a second chance romance and secondary characters gave it a small town feel. Moran delivered heat, but it felt genuine and will appeal to a larger audience.

About Kelly Moran

Kelly Moran is a romance author of enchanting ever-afters. She is the winner of the 2013 Catherine Award, a RT Magazine Readers Choice Finalist, and a 2014 Award of Excellence Finalist through RWA, plus she earned one of the 10 Best Reads of 2013 by USA TODAY’s HEA.

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56 Responses to “Return to Me by Kelly Moran”

  1. Faye

    I’m glad the angst was in respectable amounts and did not overwhelm the plot at all! The general premise has the potential to be an angst-fest, but I’m glad it was balanced and was vital to the story. I’m already feeling already for Cole and Mia!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      It could have been instead we got this really sweet, funny second chance romance

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was well done and I got the feels without the eye rolling 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Just a warning this is an adult novel, but the heat isn’t very high

  2. Nick

    Second chance romance you say? I’m IN!
    This is probably taking feminism backwards, but I love stories about couples reconnecting and the girl having to take care of the guy because of some injury!
    I’ll have to check this book out! I hope I can handle the angst!
    Great review, Kim.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right I love a second chance romance and when you make him a vet ..swoon

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Totally new to me Sarah, but she adds depth without overdoing the drama, then weaves in banter and tender moments

  3. Jenny

    YES! So excited for this Kim! There’s not much I love more than a military hero, especially one who is a bit damaged, so Cole is pretty much my dream fictional guy. Mia sounds exceptional as well though, as clearly Cole does not make her life easy by any stretch. Can’t wait to dive in and meet these two!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, while I think characters will overlap these will each work as standalone which I love

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I thought the cover was sweet, and then the mention of an injured vet and second chance romance sold me

  4. Ramona

    I love that there are obstacles, but they are overcome! I also love storms 😉 particularly when they throw the right people together with no hope of escaping. And the forgiveness – I don’t know how a character could grow more than by reaching the climax ready to forgive. This one sounds like a winner, Kimba. And you wrote a beautiful review.
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  5. Katherine

    I like the cover though the book sounds like it’s more serious than I would generally expect from the flirty cover. I love a good 2nd chance romance and like you – throw in a coastal setting and a military guy and I’m hooked! Plus I love books that end with me crying and smiling at the same time.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      True, and it had more depth that I anticipated but always welcome. The cover is cute and makes me think of coming home

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