Novella Review: All Over You by Beverley Kendall

Title: All Over You (Unforgettable You #1.5) – formerly know as Those Nights in Montreal (Language of Love #1.5)
Author: Beverley Kendall
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, New Adult 
Publisher: Season Publishing LLC
Publication Date: 6th May 2013
Pages: 138
Rating: 1.5. stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
An ex is an ex for a reason

To Rebecca Winters, it’s not just a saying or the title to a catchy tune, it’s a rule she staunchly lives by. Especially since the break up with her ex. What’s the point in trying to fix the “unfixable”? Besides, only a girl hell-bent on more heartbreak would go back to the guy who bailed on her when she needed him most. But saying no to Scott is becoming more difficult than surviving the breakup itself. And unfortunately for her, the kind of pressure he’s exerting is making her rule all too easy to break.

Scott Carver has given up trying to get over his ex. He’s still in love with her and their year apart has done nothing to change that. Yeah, he knows he screwed up. Just how royally, he wasn’t aware of until now. So when Becca agrees to give him a second chance, he grabs on to it with both hands. But it’s clear the only way things will ever truly be right between them is if he comes clean…about everything. He can only pray the truth doesn’t send her running—for good this time.

My Review:

After a bad break up 12 months ago, Rebecca Winters still wants nothing to do with her ex. Scott Carver. But unfortunately for her – he hasn’t given up on her. For the past month, Rebecca can’t go anywhere on campus without Scott turning up. One incident with a little too much to drink and the gorgeous and hard-to-say-no-to Scott, leaves Rebecca doing something she swore she would never do – giving him a second chance. Has Scott really changed? Or is he just going to end up breaking Rebecca’s heart again… and this time permanently.

I wanted to like this novella. I really did. I found Rebecca to be an effervescent character when she was first introduced in Only For You (formerly know as When In Paris) but somewhere in between Olivia’s story and now – she changed for me. In this story, Rebecca is the kind of girl who loves to play games – and I’m not even sure she knows she’s playing them. A person who thinks they’re low maintenance but in all reality they couldn’t be any more insecure or temperamental. She leads Scott on and then shuts him down, is jealous of his liaisons with other women and yet gets an almost perverse pleasure out of turning him away and messing with his emotions. Scott is a little flat and I don’t understand his motivation for wanting Rebecca. They don’t make sense as a couple and have some rather severe communication issues.

Okay, so maybe I’m being a little harsh on Rebecca. The relationship between her and Scott – whilst it doesn’t make sense to me why either party is interested in the other except for sheer sexual attraction – is full of obstacles and does reach a satisfying conclusion. Are they perfect for each other? Yes (but maybe that’s just because I don’t want anyone else to have to put up with either of them).

Despite all I’ve said – I enjoyed reading this book. It’s hot – like sizzling in parts! – but involves people who frustrate me to no end because of the games many people play in relationships.

NOTE: Due to language & sexual situations, recommended for readers 18+ yr.
Warning: The sensuality level of this short novel is high

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