The Casella Cousins Novella 2: Seth
He took her for granted in their young life together but now he wants her back. She's having none of his pleas for a second chance, not after he broke her heart in a million different ways.
Legal Aid Attorney Seth Casella is a truly good guy. Or so everybody thinks. But he’s got a darker side, one that surfaced when he repeatedly betrayed his former girlfriend, Julianne. He tells her he’s changed, but she doesn’t buy it.
Music therapist Julianne Ford is sick of being the forgiving, good girl next door. Not only does she reject Seth’s overtures—again!—but she's taking her own walk on the wild side now, and she likes it. Most of the world sees them as defenders of the poor and neglected, and they are, but together they just can’t get it right.
A heart-breaking legal aid case for Seth and the challenge of helping her dysfunctional students using her beloved music background complicate their search for the way back to each other and a reunion that will last forever.
Don’t miss all The Casella Cousins Books: Hayley, Seth, Finn, Alessia, Gideon and Ronan from the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Kathryn Shay.
Seth (The Casella Cousins Book 2)
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
This story was a little hard for me to read especially after it was revealed what Seth’s dark secret it. What I liked the most, was the fact that this book made me really feel for Julianne Ford. What Seth put her through really would have been a no go if it were me. This book was such an emotional roller-coaster ride for me.
The author did a fabulous job in keeping me glued to my e-reader. The second (really more like the fourth or fifth) chance at a first love was wonderfully written. The plot flowed beautifully. Little pieces of the characters’ history was just enough that it kept me intrigued along with the other mystery and intrigue of the plot. There were several threads it the story that were such an added bonus. Like would John Cordello get the two foster kids?
Julianne is a music therapist. She is a busy lady. She teaches at a school; she has her own music business plus she tutors. She has done some on-line dating but her heart still breaks for Seth. Seth was stabbed in the prior book (Hayley). He works as a lawyer at a non-profit organization, Legal-Aid. He is currently living with his mother while he recuperated from his injuries. Unfortunately his mother lives right next door to Julianne. He asks Julianne to drive him to an appointment since his doctor’s orders don’t permit it. When they get back, Julianne discovers her house has been broken into. The mystery of who, what and why surround the B&E and make for a gripping story.
The story was one that kept me glue to my e-reader. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story especially as it was written in a multiple POV format. I adored seeing prior characters making appearance here.
This is a sexy read without being erotica. I would highly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 18. While you can read this as a stand-alone, I would highly recommend starting with “Take Me Back (Hidden Cove Firefighters Book 9). That really introduces the Casella family and the cousins.
ARC for honest review with no compensation
Seth is book 2 in the Casella Cousins series by Kathryn Shay and am so enjoying this series!
Seth and Julianne were sweethearts but after numerous betrayals by Seth, she had enough. Now as Seth is recovering and she has been around more and more he know that Julianne is the “one”. The problem is she want no parts of him...
Can he prove to her he has changed and win her back forever or will she just let him go??
A warm and wonderful read!
Seth Casella and Julianne Ford grew up together and dated in high school and in college; unfortunately, Seth sometimes cheated. This broke Julianne’s heart. She finally gave up on him and started dating others. Seth has been staying with his mother while recuperating from a stab wound he received from a crazy man at work. His mother lives next door to Julianne, so he’s been seeing her a lot and really missing what they used to have. He knows he messed up with her, but he’s trying to improve. Meanwhile, Julianne gives music lessons to students and helps other students through he use of music therapy. Unfortunately, her home is broken into and her car is keyed, so someone has it in for her.
This is a quick and easy read. There is enough tension to keep readers engaged, and the introspection that occurs within both protagonists, adds depth and heart to this story. There are multiple family interactions that add beauty, and the side story of how Seth fights for one of his clients is encouraging and delightful. This is a warm and wonderful story in many ways!