Love and Other Words – Published 2018
“Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.” – Goodreads
Next up on my CLO binger is Love and Other Words. Having read many Christina Lauren books in quick succession, I have noticed that these authors are really talented at manipulating the typical storyline. Their books have alternating perspectives or timelines, and sometimes both. And they always knock it out of the park.
Ya’ll know I love a good friends to lovers trope, so this one was no exception. Macy and Elliot grew up together. They’d sit together in Macy’s closet and read. READ! How wholesome and wonderful is that? They learned to love together. And eventually, a terrible night rips them apart. They never came clean to one another about what happened that night, and it kept them apart until they ran into each other many years later in their adult years.
When they do run into one another, it becomes another trope I love – second chance romance. While this does have some of the same humor and sweetness of the other CLO books, this one is much heavier. These characters have depth and have been through so much. Definitely recommend this one!