Review: Year 28 by JL Mac

Posted October 22, 2020 by bookstobreathe in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: Year 28 by JL MacTitle: Year 28
Author: JL Mac
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 1, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Sylas Broussard. He’s the hometown golden boy. To the residents of sleepy, southern Palmetto Grove he’s a war hero, and a modern-day saint. My view of him does not quite align with the one they hold.

At ten I couldn’t stand him.
At fifteen I loathed him deeply.
At seventeen I loved him completely.
At eighteen I despised him passionately.
At twenty-eight…Well, it’s complicated.

I have been just fine staying in another time zone, keeping my focus on work and off my past. I would prefer to remain in the office, building on my professional reputation but my sister has called me home to attend her wedding where I know I will see him again.

I still hate him but I’d burn my world to the ground to forget our stupid pact and protect him from the awful truth. Keeping my secret in the past is difficult and getting out of the pact I made is harder still.

Not loving Sylas Broussard like everyone else in our hometown—impossible.
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Raegan Potter. She’s the former love of my life and the pride of Palmetto Grove turned into an ice queen. She’s been living it up on the east coast in her designer threads and cushy job. I’m betting she won’t think she’s so high and mighty when she’s forced to face me after a decade of radio silence.

Ten years ago she walked away from me without explanation, but not before making me one big promise. She made a pact and I’m going to hold her to it. If she thought I had forgotten, she thought wrong.

Title: Year 28

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: JL Mac

Release Date: October 1, 2020

My Review

Even though it’s been a few years, I’ve read some of this author’s previous works and thoroughly enjoyed them. Devouring this story reminded me just how much. A true contemporary romance at its finest, Year 28 will have you flipping the pages faster than a cat lapping chain lightning. Usually I like a lot of danger and suspense in my books, but this was a nice change of pace. While I guessed what the big secret was from the get-go, it was done in a way I haven’t really seen before. That perspective changed things for me, in a big way. I went from being really exasperated with the heroine to seeing her in a whole new light.

That being said, I was still firmly on team Sylas the entire book. Even knowing she was hiding a ton of pain and not knowing why, she was really hard to connect with. I appreciate that this story was told from dual perspectives; it added a much-needed layer that wouldn’t have been known if we only read from Raegan’s mind. The depth that Sylas added to Year 28 allowed me to fall in love with both characters. I loved that the story bounced from past to present, allowing you to really experience and immerse yourself in their lives. Done well, this adds a complexity to characters that you didn’t realize you needed, and the author achieved this in spades.

I love a tale with a good deal of angst, one that physically hurts to read in the best possible way. Year 28 poked and prodded at me with a hot fire poker from page one and never let up. Not afraid of the façade that Raegan presented to the world, Sylas fought tirelessly for her, taking charge in the most delicious means. I need my stories to have characters who are both confident and vulnerable, and this one did not disappoint. Lack of love was never their problem; it was just what went unsaid, or rather was what refused to be spoken about. When those walls were torn down, brick by brick, I felt like it was a hard-won battle. I was equal parts fatigued and so full of love, but it was all worth it.

This was a sweet story, full of innocence in the flashbacks, but also very adult throughout the rest. Quite simply, it was the perfect balance that displayed the progression of their relationship from children to teenagers to adults. It was real, it was authentic, and I would highly recommend it. Do not pass on this phenomenal love story!

To sum up this story perfectly with two songs that just happened to be on my playlist today:

~ Alanis Morrisette – Everything ~
You see everything
You see every part
You see all my light
And you love my dark
You dig everything
Of which I’m ashamed
There’s not anything
To which you can’t relate
And you’re still here

~ Sheryl Crow – Strong Enough ~
When I’ve shown you
That I just don’t care
When I’m throwing punches in the air
When I’m broken down and I can’t stand
Would you be man enough to be my man

About JL Mac

USA Today Best Selling Author, JL Mac, is the author of the bestselling Wrecked series, and several other romance titles. JL resides in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and four children. She is a native Texan having been born and raised in Galveston. JL admittedly has had a long and sordid love affair with the written word and has loved every minute of it. She drinks too many glasses of wine on occasion, and says way too many swear words to be considered “lady-like.” JL spends her free time reading, writing, playing with her children and living her happily ever after with her very own Prince Charming who she affectionately calls Tight Buns McHotness.

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