McCallan Did It Again
5 out of 5 stars
There is something about a Monica McCallan audiobook that I fall in love with again and again. I think it’s the whole thing – but I know that one of the best things in each of her books is her characters. Each one is perfect for their book and with every new story I think “well she’s done with writing perfect characters” and somehow she ends up writing even better ones.
Back in Your Arms had a lot going on inside of it other than a blooming second chance love story. Quinn’s character was flawed and deeply hurt by something that happened deep in her past. But, coming back home to Kingsford in the Hudson Valley after 17 years was eye-opening. Meeting back up with Sawyer after all of those years should have been just another task in her planner but, of course, the heart wants what the heart wants. Sawyer’s story was so freaking enjoyable. I hated seeing her struggle being a people pleaser, then I loved seeing her come into her own as she realized that if she didn’t take charge she was going to be miserable forever. Each one of their stories was perfect for this book and the culmination of them was nothing short of perfect. McCallan did it again and made me fall in love all over like Quinn and Sawyer.
Overall, when McCallan and Prince work together, I’m in. Proving point, I have 2 more books that they wrote and performed coming up soon. Back In Your Arms was an adorable slow burn. A second chance sapphic novel that had me smiling throughout. Struggles and learnings throughout – McCallan will always be an author that I instantly pick up when I see new books from her. Especially audiobooks with Lori Prince.
Seventeen years ago, Quinn McKinley left her small town of Kingsford for a shot at a happier life. Now a successful real estate agent in New York City, she’s brought back on behalf of a client, begrudgingly accepting her return home in order to close the deal of a lifetime.
Coming back opens doors she’s done her best to keep closed all these years, namely, how she felt about her childhood best friend, Sawyer Kent.
Sawyer’s spent her whole life in Kingsford, working at her family’s antique store and trying to make everyone happy. Quinn’s return is unexpected, knocking her routine existence more than a little off balance. She’s still frustrated at how Quinn left things between them, and even if she has all kinds of unresolved feelings, she’s got bigger problems to worry about right now.
Contains mature themes.
Back In Your Arms by Monica McCallan
Narrator: Lori Prince
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on May 10th 2022
Genres: LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
Also by this author: The Flaw In Our Design, Then & Now, When I'm With You