Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: To See You by Rachel Blaufeld


What is it about this guy?
On paper, he’s one hundred percent wrong for me. His e-mails are equal parts annoying and funny.
Okay, more funny than annoying. More like refreshing. Different. Exciting.
But as I stand next to him now, he’s giving me head-to-toe tingles, and I find myself dwelling on his e-mails.

Meet smart, sexy career girl and New York snob, Charli Richards. She has everything except happiness until the day she meets Layton Griffin. It’s a random encounter on an airplane; it couldn’t mean anything, right?
Layton isn’t even remotely close to who Charli sees herself hooking up with . . . ever. Her mom and best friend agree he’s not for her, but he makes her feel something exciting, awakens her world.
But then Layton changes, going to great lengths for Charli to see him for who he really is.
Will those changes bring them closer together, or will she never be able to see him in the same way again?

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****ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review****

I didn’t know what to expect while reading To See You. It was the first time I’ve ever read a book by Rachel Blaufeld. The synopsis wasn’t very telling, but it did catch my attention. I had no idea what type of book I was about to read. Once I started reading, I became immersed in the story. So much so, that I did the opposite of what I normally do when I’m enjoying a book. I took my time. 

Charli is your typical career orientated, snob. She believes she is on the right track with her life until a chance encounter on a plane with an unexpected stranger changes everything. Layton is definitely not the type of man Charli is attracted, not to sugarcoat his looks, he is fat. Already put off by her seatmate, Charli is determined to ignore him but Layton engages her, reluctantly, in conversation. A simple miscommunication while talking abruptly ends their conversation and Charli knows she’d probably never to see or hear from him again. 
One email from Layton after their chance encounter starts an unlikely bi-coastal friendship, with subtle sexual tension between them. They embark on a will they or won’t they situation. Will Charli look past how Layton’s looks and see him for much more or will Layton quiet determination of his pursuit of Charli finally get through all of her self-doubts and open her up to an unexpected love? 

I thoroughly adored this story. The ebb and flow between Layton and Charli relationship was so engaging. Initially, I felt like I may really dislike Charli. Just by her bias of Layton with her first look of him. But once you get to know why she is so hesitant to open herself to her feeling for Layton, you can’t help root that she will get it together. And Layton! Oh, I absolute LOVED Layton. He knew there was something about Charli that he couldn’t let go. And he never changed how he acted or felt toward her despite her rejection. And each time that Charli and Layton were together I couldn’t help but hope that they would work out. The writing style was beautiful and the message delivered was simplistic and so real. There’s always more than what meets the eyes. And in one moment an unexpected encounter can change your whole life. 

About the Author

Rachel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Coming of Age, Romantic Suspense, and Sports Romance fiction. She recently asked her readers to describe her, and the adjectives they came up with included: insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking the heat up in the dead of winter.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops, downing muffins and plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end deliciously.
Blaufeld, also an entrepreneur/blogger, is fearless about sharing her opinion. Before turning her pen to fiction, she captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for the Huffington Post and Modern Mom.
Most recently, she shares conversations from being “In Bed with a Romance Author” and reading recommendations over at “Happy Ever After” on USA TODAY.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two beagles. Her obsessions include running, coffee, basketball, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

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