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** Due to sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. **After losing the future that was promised to her, Kelsey O'Neil says goodbye to her old life and sets out on a journey to capture her own independence, find happiness, and maybe even true love.A cozy cottage in a quaint Irish town seems the perfect place to start again. And Shaun Brannon** Due to sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. **After losing the future that was promised to her, Kelsey O'Neil says goodbye to her old life and sets out on a journey to capture her own independence, find happiness, and maybe even true love.A cozy cottage in a quaint Irish town seems the perfect place to start again. And Shaun Brannon, the sexy but mysterious author next door, could be her second chance at love. But Shaun is incapable of opening his heart to any woman. Can Kelsey find out why before she falls too hard?Eight years ago, Shaun Brannon stopped believing in love, or marriage. His only belief now is in lust. The demons he wrestles with daily are too dark to let him get close to a woman without breaking her heart. Then along comes Kelsey, who makes him wonder how it might feel to give love another chance. Is he brave enough to show her his deepest scars?This is a new edition of a book originally published under the title Chocolate Aftertaste....

Title : To Live Again
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ISBN : 23263943
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Number of Pages : 157 Pages
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To Live Again Reviews

  • Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
    2018-11-04 18:43

    http://njkinny.blogspot.in/2014/11/ar...I have read four books by Dori Lavelle so far and absolutely loved them all and needless to say, To Live Again also falls in that same awesome category. I loved the blurb and instantly felt that I should read the book. The cover brings a smile to the reader's face and captivates him enough to pick up the book.The story is well conceived and expertly executed. It is about finding your place in life and I felt connected with the characters. Kelsey felt like a friend and I became her champion, praying for a happily-ever-after for her.The story flows smoothly and takes us to a quaint, quiet and very beautiful town of Dreara in Ireland. This is the first part of Shaun and Kelsey's story and is a quick read. The introductions to characters, sub-characters and settings is made here with the first installment of the romance between Kelsey and Shaun.The settings and characters are realistic and the story feels like it is being played right in front of our eyes. I could visualize each and every scene and without having visited Ireland, I feel like I know the place already.I loved Kelsey who is strong, efficient and successful but still lost. She has shaped her life on her father's expectations ignoring her own aspirations along the way. So when one event leaves her life shattered, she decides to move out of her home and her life to start a new one based on her own beliefs and aspirations. Shaun is sinfully sexy with intense eyes and a brooding demeanor. He is battling his own demons. With a dark traumatic past, he shies away from forming real relationships but is troubled by his feelings for Kelsey. A known womanizer, he has place only for lust in his life but being with Kelsey makes him crave for a normal relationship. But can these two form a lasting bond of love? I am eagerly waiting for the next installment of the series to find out more about Kelsey and Shaun.I could not find fault with the story or the writing style. Everything is so beautifully done that I was hooked completely in the book and read the book in one sitting. The book ends satisfactorily without leaving the reader shocked with a sudden end. The story stays with you long after you have finished reading it and you want to start on the next part instantly. All in all, To Live Again is an entertaining romance with intense and sensual scenes fit for readers above eighteen years of age. 4.5 out of 5 to it from me and highly recommended to all romance lovers above eighteen years of age, you wont be disappointed and are sure to fall in love with Ireland and the characters in this book. I love Dori's writing style and look forward to reading more from her in the future.I received an ARC copy from the author and I am very thankful to her. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

  • Andra Weis
    2018-11-09 17:49

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/to...First off I should let you know I am a great fan of the author Dori Lavelle and her Moments in Time series. Overall, I really liked this book. It had all the requisite components…sexy guy, sexy girl, intrigue as to each of their stories and steamy parts to keep a reader interested. However….I found the first chapter a bit disjointed and not up to the standards I expect from the author, but luckily after that, the story takes off with and a bit of back story is written about Kelsey and from that point onwards I felt the story was more cohesive. And then I got hooked and could NOT put the story down.Although Kelsey is in Dreara as a result of a broken heart, I was happy to read about this strong woman. When “bad” stuff happened to derail her plans for the future, she did what had to be done and got out of a bad situation and as a result of this is embarking on a self-imposed journey to discover and follow HER dreams and not those of her controlling father. Yeah!!!! I must say there was one chuckle worthy moment (okay there certainly are more…just want you to discover them yourself) ….Kelsey began the journey of her long suppressed passion (cooking) and the first attempt results in smoke, LOTS of smoke….and a hot neighbor coming to the rescue :)Shaun is one smooth talker… it made me really appreciate his swoon worthiness. One of his comments struck me as very succinct, real and displayed his character as an honest guy….when he responded to Kelsey’s surprised reaction to his comment about her looks….he responded with:“It wasn’t meant as a compliment. I’m only telling the truth.” Shaun’s story is only touched upon in this story….but from what is revealed….it is a very heart wrenching tale (keep the Kleenex handy). When I read that Shaun was from Serendipity it was like going home….the tie in with the Moments in Time series.Both main characters are filled with much angst and distrust of the opposite sex. There journey is intense, sexy and interesting! And let me tell you, their sojourn to the farmer’s market and what happened there was definitely swoon worthy. Dori…you can certainly write those hot scenes!!!!!!Now let us get on to a couple of the supporting cast of characters: what can I say about Maeve. She is a character and pushes Kelsey outside of her comfort zone in a very good way. I think we all should have one friend who is bubbly, full of energy and does not let little things (like other people’s opinions) affect the way they approach life…full of vitality. All I can say is that Maeve is a breath of fresh air which is sorely needed in Kelsey’s life. I enjoyed the townspeople (specifically the women in the beauty shop)….I can just envision them sitting around and gossiping about the new hot guy in town. Brian and Sarah (Kelsey’s landlords) are just your typical sweet, down to earth small town country folk as well as the parents of Maeve.The upshot from reading this wonderful book is that I cannot wait for To Love Again to continue on with Kelsey and Shaun’s journey! Dori Lavelle…you have done it again. Thank you!*OBS would like to thank the author for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Rochelle
    2018-11-14 14:43

    Describe the story in one word: CaptivatingIt's one of those books you can't put down. Shaun was so mysterious you couldn't stop reading until you find out what he was hiding. "She had a feeling it might be hard to ignore the very sexy stranger living next door."Oh yeah. I wouldn't be able to ignore him either if I was in Kelsey's shoes. There is still so much I don't know about Shaun but I have this habit where I fall for male characters easily even if I don't know them pretty well. How he was described was enough for my heart to melt. As for Kelsey, she was great. I loved her and the decisions she made. I just needed to know more to feel really connected to her character. I'm not surprised I liked everyone in this book. I think I mentioned on my previous reviews of Dori Lavelle's books that her characters are very nice. Whether you liked or hated the beginning of this book,you can't really stop reading until you find out what happened in Shaun's and Kelsey's past. In general the book is very well written and really absorbing. I'm satisfied with the book knowing there will be a sequel. I can't wait to learn more about the two main characters and how their love story will end. This was a nice read, I read it in one night.

  • Cynthia
    2018-11-05 13:37

    I have been a Dori Lavelle fan from the beginning this is the first time for one of her books that I am unsure how to review it, what to say and not give the book away. Dori has a style that is all her own as she shows again in To Live Again. She knows how to bring mystery into her writing that keeps you guessing how things will play out. She gives you wonderful characters that are very realistic. They bring heartache and pain as they reach out and draw you into their story. As usual Dori leaves you wanting more, she hooks you with her talented style and leaves you waiting for the next shoe to drop. This is a book you will not want to put down and will read in one setting. In To Live Again Kelsey has her life planned out she is about to marry a wonderful man but the day before her wedding she walks away from her life as she knows it when she finds her soon to be husband in their honeymoon bed with another woman. She finds out all about his past, more than she ever wanted to know. He breaks her heart but she goes on and blows the whistle in style on their wedding day. She then walks away from an over protective father and a wonderful job that she never wanted to go to the little town called Dreara where she moves in to a cottage with a mystery neighbor Shaun.Shaun is a hot little mess in more ways than one, he is a man that to look at has everything a women could want. He is one messed up man, he lost everything and is taking one day at a time while he tries to out run the demons that chase him. He lives with the lose which drives him, he can’t forget what he has done and there is no place for a women but in his bed, never will he love again. He doesn’t trust himself to love again, he feels he will destroy any women so he keeps to one nightstands. Until he meets Kelsey, there is something about her he can’t walk away from even though he tries.Shaun is more or less a playboy, only out for lust never wants love. He can’t afford to love another woman. The town sees him as a love them and leave them kind of guy, what you see isn’t always what you get. Dori reminds us not to take things at face value just because it might look that way doesn’t mean it is. By the time you get to the end of book 1 you just love Shaun and wish you could take him in your arms to give him the peace he needs. With Kelsey she comes across as a sweet innocent who I think she is but I have to give her more credit, she is a sweet wonderful lady but I think there is a wild side that will come out.Both Shaun and Kelsey know they should walk away but neither can. There is a strong pull with lots of passion that keep them coming back for more. Even knowing the others secrets there is no chance they will ever walk away. In book 2 will these two wonderful people find the love they both need to make them feel complete or will the secrets be too much and they walk away from a love that is so filled with passion that it could be a love of a lifetime?This is a love story that brings so much pain, each must learn to trust, love, to overcome so much before they can even think about finding someone new. Can these two people bring the much needed love to start over, get over the past and become one? I can’t wait to see what Dori has in store for us with Book 2. Knowing Dori I have a few ideas that would be mind blowing, as usual she keeps us waiting and wanting more. Dori has a refreshing writing style, that hooks the read as she takes you through the twist and turns. You usually end up thinking OMG NO WAY, as she giving you a very touching love story. I can’t wait to find out what Shaun big secret is….

  • Shelly Wygant
    2018-11-14 19:20

    Kelsey has left her old life, including the heartbreak and the disappointment, behind to take refuge in a quaint cottage in Ireland. She is set on finding happiness and figuring out what she wants for her future. The sexy, mysterious author next door just may help her with that.This book centers around two strong characters. Kelsey has left her old way of life but is independent and determined to make a new life for herself. She had her life planned out and now she is going to do what she wants to do in life not what everyone else wants her to do.Shaun is a mystery. He is also running away from his previous life but for a whole different reason. As all of the town folk gossip he is the love them and leave them man. When he has feelings for Kelsey he does tell her how it is.Do they get together as a couple? What is the secret Shaun is hiding? Can they make a future together when Kelsey finds out this secret? Pick up the first book in the series to find out. It is not only a steamy romantic read but one that shows you how important family and friends can be.

  • Laura Reading
    2018-11-12 13:24

    I will say that this book is for mature audiences. Dori Lavelle can write a HOT seduction scene, as well as what follows.As stated above in the blurb, Shaun only believes in lust.He has a reputation as a womanizer, and a self vow to never date the same woman twice. In fact, he really doesn't "date."Kelsey had her life planned out for her. She was about to take the last step into cementing her future when her world fell apart. Actually, she discovered her future was a lie and she was the one who stepped off her deceptive path.Fate brings her to a cottage next door to Shaun, both of them looking for fresh starts with deeply distrusting pasts.This is part one, so a quick read to get to know the main characters and the supporting cast. We learn a bit about Kelsey's past, but Shaun's remains a mystery.Even without knowing them, the reader quickly begins to care about them.It is a love story, a romance, but also a story about family and friends.About overcoming obstacles and fears. Trying something new, and letting some new feelings in.

  • Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
    2018-10-20 13:33

    This was a great beginning to the story of Shaun and Kelsey.Shaun is a broody author, on holiday in a cottage by the sea whilst he writes his next book. He is a very good looking guy and the small irish town he is currently residing in has been awash with gossip about his nocturnal habits and women.Kelsey has left a corporate career behind to begin a new life and career path.These two are now neighbours and slowly develop a friendship of sorts that is umbrellaed by a deep attraction for each other.Shaun is hurting from something that happened in his recent past, he does not want love or a relationship but Kelsey is unknowlingly creeping her way inside his head and making him feel things he isn't ready for.

  • OpenBookSociety.com
    2018-11-15 13:49

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/to...Brought to you by OBS reviewer AndraFirst off I should let you know I am a great fan of the author Dori Lavelle and her Moments in Time series. Overall, I really liked this book. It had all the requisite components…sexy guy, sexy girl, intrigue as to each of their stories and steamy parts to keep a reader interested. However….I found the first chapter a bit disjointed and not up to the standards I expect from the author, but luckily after that, the story takes off with and a bit of back story is written about Kelsey and from that point onwards I felt the story was more cohesive. And then I got hooked and could NOT put the story down.Although Kelsey is in Dreara as a result of a broken heart, I was happy to read about this strong woman. When “bad” stuff happened to derail her plans for the future, she did what had to be done and got out of a bad situation and as a result of this is embarking on a self-imposed journey to discover and follow HER dreams and not those of her controlling father. Yeah!!!! I must say there was one chuckle worthy moment (okay there certainly are more…just want you to discover them yourself) ….Kelsey began the journey of her long suppressed passion (cooking) and the first attempt results in smoke, LOTS of smoke….and a hot neighbor coming to the rescue :)Shaun is one smooth talker… it made me really appreciate his swoon worthiness. One of his comments struck me as very succinct, real and displayed his character as an honest guy….when he responded to Kelsey’s surprised reaction to his comment about her looks….he responded with:“It wasn’t meant as a compliment. I’m only telling the truth.” Shaun’s story is only touched upon in this story….but from what is revealed….it is a very heart wrenching tale (keep the Kleenex handy). When I read that Shaun was from Serendipity it was like going home….the tie in with the Moments in Time series.Both main characters are filled with much angst and distrust of the opposite sex. There journey is intense, sexy and interesting! And let me tell you, their sojourn to the farmer’s market and what happened there was definitely swoon worthy. Dori…you can certainly write those hot scenes!!!!!!Now let us get on to a couple of the supporting cast of characters: what can I say about Maeve. She is a character and pushes Kelsey outside of her comfort zone in a very good way. I think we all should have one friend who is bubbly, full of energy and does not let little things (like other people’s opinions) affect the way they approach life…full of vitality. All I can say is that Maeve is a breath of fresh air which is sorely needed in Kelsey’s life. I enjoyed the townspeople (specifically the women in the beauty shop)….I can just envision them sitting around and gossiping about the new hot guy in town. Brian and Sarah (Kelsey’s landlords) are just your typical sweet, down to earth small town country folk as well as the parents of Maeve.The upshot from reading this wonderful book is that I cannot wait for To Love Again to continue on with Kelsey and Shaun’s journey! Dori Lavelle…you have done it again. Thank you!*OBS would like to thank the author for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Christina Teilmann
    2018-11-05 18:34

    In order for me to enjoy a story, I have to feel some kind of sympathy for the main character, or the character has to at least be interesting, if not likeable. Any chance of me rooting for Kelsey, the main character in this story, was ruined early on by the way she chose to deal with her cheating, lying fiancée. Instead of handling it like any mature, sensible adult person would, she chose to make a public spectacle of it. It was undignified, immature, unnecessary, and should only occur in shitty soap-operas IMHO, and instantly gave me an unfavourable opinion of her.Another thing I don’t care for is when characters refer to themselves as “broken” or “damaged”. I’ve seen it in SO many romance stories and it’s really getting old. Show, don’t tell FFS.On the bright side, it was very short. And free. I’d have felt ripped off if I’d actually paid money for what is essentially not even half a book or half a story. There is not even a real conflict. I love book series, sequels etc, but I do expect some kind of conflict and closure to occur in the first book of any series. I might’ve had a better opinion of this story if it had had those two things, because the writing style itself isn’t bad. But this just didn't work for me.

  • Kathy Osborn
    2018-11-03 17:35

    Dori Lavelle done it again and wrote a wonderful story. To Live Again is an awesome start to another series. Kelsey leaves her career behind her and goes to a small town near the seashore of Dreara, Ireland, where she runs into the mysterious Shawn (the next door neighbor).Kelsey is the strong-willed work-alcoholic, but life has hurt her and Shawn is the sexy alpha male who loves them and leaves them. Both Kelsey and Shawn are drawn to each and a romance starts to develop. Will Kelsey get to Shawn and have a long term meaningful relationship or will Shawn shut her out? Dori has written a wonderful story about two people trying to find themselves and maybe love along the way. The steamy scenes are superbly written and full of passion. The storyline is realistic and the ending leaves you wanting more. This book is intended for 18 years or old due to the sexual content. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a romantic read with a mystery element. This book is a short read, but you won't regret getting to know Kelsey and Shawn. I look forward to the next book in this series and to see what Dori has in store for us next. I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • L.J (Lisa Jane)
    2018-10-22 17:48

    *ARR (Advance Reader Review) - copy provided as a gift in exchange for an honest review...Another new series from Dori that I'm sure will be terrific.In this first book we meet Shaun and Kelsey. Two troubled souls seeking solitude and a new life, trying to escape their past.Check out my full review as part of a blog tour: http://wp.me/p54hW9-Lu"As she exhaled a long stream of air, another pair of eyes joined hers in the windowpane. Shaun's. He closed the distance between them, but she didn't turn. Heat radiated from his body and spread through hers."

  • Tammy Hamilton Green
    2018-11-01 13:40

    This is the first book I've read of Dori Lavelle's and I really enjoyed it. Two broken hearts not wanting to risk it again by putting themselves out there. Understandable, but the sparks are there and it's so hard to resist being together. Like Lay's potato chips, you can't just have one. One or once is never enough. Maybe they're both denying what they're feeling? Can't wait till Learning to Love Again comes out December 2014. I already pre-ordered!

  • Space Cowgirl
    2018-10-23 19:20

    One Who Loved 💓 What 💘Love DeniedCover Art is completely panty ripping Hot!🔥🔥🔥🔥Aren't CLIFFHANGERS wonderful?Kelsey💋👙 leaves her cheating, con man husband at the altar and flees to a small coastal British town of Dreara. She is the daughter of the CEO of the company she worked for. She is also tired of being the company accountant her father wanted her to be.Shaun is a successful writer📝 from the U.S.. He has come to Dreara to run away from his past and his time in prison. He's a tall, jacked 💪alpha stud🐺🍌🌋👋 with the tattoo of a sword running all the way down his back. The town's people see him as a womanizer. Kelsey happens to move into an old cottage just across the street from Shaun's cottage. They're Sexy neighbors who see each other across the way and just have to get acquainted.This is kind of a quiet book📑, it's about people just trying to live a normal life. But there is no "normal" life, there's just life.......YEHAW! Ride em Bareback🍌, Cowgirl!🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎

  • Spunky N Sassy
    2018-10-31 14:34

    Sweet N Sassy Book A Holics Rating: 3.7~~~~~~~~~~Sharlene's 4 Star Review~~~~~~~~~~To Live Again is about just that - Shaun and Kelsey trying to rebuild their own lives after bad past experiences. Shaun's past is deep, dark and twisted. You get a little glimpse of it but I'm sure there's more to come. Kelsey's past is just sad. Between the way she is treated by her dad and her ex-fiancé, it's a wonder she trusts any man. It's nice to see each character working towards healing themselves. At first individually and then together.This is book one in a 3 part series and sets up the story well for the next installment. I enjoyed the story and the characters, especially Maeve! TLA is told in dual POV but mostly from Kelsey's POV. You get mostly history and little insight into what may be to come. There is quite a bit of narrative with little discussion. I tend to prefer more discussion vs. narrative, but that's just my preference. The story is told well and is easy to read.Even though this is not a stand alone, there really isn't a cliffhanger. The author closed this installment out at a natural breaking point. You could read this one by itself and feel pretty good about it. But I am curious to see what happens next. There is no HEA in this installment but I have high hopes for it to come in one of the next 2 installments.~~~~~~~~~~Zarah's 3.5 Star Review~~~~~~~~~~A quick Read3.5 starsI received this title courtesy of Sweet and Sassy Book-Aholics for an honest reviewI loved the story line of this book. Two broken people ending up as neighbours, avoiding falling for each other but obviously failing.Kelsey has lived her life trying to please her father until a cheating fiancé has her re-evaluating her life and she chooses to do something for herself and moves away to start anew. Good for her.Shaun, with secrets and demons of his own is also running - but he from his past. The subject of local gossip as the women of Dreara try and find out his secrets and he does nothing not to further perpetuate the "play boy" image that he's been given in the short time he's been living in the little community.While it was a ice short story, it was left rather abruptly with an obvious second instalment. I would have preferred a complete novel with a bit more detail and closure than having to have a second book. I'm not sure the reasoning for this.

  • Kathy Wideman
    2018-10-22 16:19

    Kelsey decided to quit her job and move after her wedding didn’t happen. After her mother’s death she has always done what her father wanted. All she wanted was her approval. But, after the wedding didn’t happen she decided that she was going to try living for her. Her father isn’t happy about it and has been avoiding her. Kelsey moves into a little cottage by the sea in Dreara. When she arrives she learns she has a neighbor in the cottage next to hers. His name is Shaun Brannon. He is an author and everyone finds him mysterious and knows that there is something he is hiding. He is the talk of the town. He is rumored to have slept with half the female population of the town. Kelsey finds him attractive. They start to talk but Kelsey knows she can’t let herself get to close. Shaun was once a man who believed in love but he doesn’t anymore. He is up front with the woman he beds. He only wants to sleep with them and only once. He doesn’t date, he is to broken to be with someone. Kelsey makes him want to break his own rules. There is just something about her that he wants, she makes him want to feel again and love. But, he just can’t let go of the past. Kelsey wants to help him. Will Shaun let Kelsey in? Will Kelsey get hurt trying to help Shaun?This book was sad. Both Kelsey and Shaun are great people who have had horrible things happen to them. Kelsey’s ex-fiancé wasn’t the man she though he was. In fact he fooled everyone. It made her realize she needs to do what she wants in life and not just what will make her father happy. Shaun once lived a totally different life. He was happy and in love but then everything came crashing down around him. He feels completely responsible for what happened even in truth everything was either an accident or an act of fate that he had little to no control over. This was a great story and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I just kept finding myself pulling for Shaun, wanting him to open up to Kelsey. They are great for each other.I was given this book in return for an honest review.

  • Kelly
    2018-10-22 18:48

    This is a short story that ends with a cliffhanger. I mean, dang it, I was really just getting into it and wanted to know more about them and bam! It. Is. Over. Gah! Not nice!Kelsey has always been the girl to do the right thing. She did what her father wanted her to do. She almost married who her father wanted her to marry, even though the real spark of passion wasn't there and her best friend didn't like him. She accidentally found her groom to be in a very inappropriate act with another woman. She was bold enough to get some dignity back on her supposed wedding day. You have got to read that part. Amen, sister! So, she goes to Dreara and rents a cottage to get away from everything and figure out what she wants to do in life.Shaun is an enigma. He is from the US and keeps to himself and rents the cottage next to Kelsey. He has a reputation for bedding every woman in town. But somehow, I didn't believe it. He keeps to himself and continues to write his books.Kelsey and Shaun become friends and both feel chemistry but do not act on it. Shaun, one day at a farmer's market, points out that everyone was watching them and kisses her to give everyone something to talk about. It clearly threw them both off track.When you think you are about to learn more about Shaun's life, the book ends. There is the not nice part. I have to wait to find out more about Shaun and see if they can have a relationship together. And I really want to see them together in a relationship where one helps the other. They make a good fit for each other. I want them to find their redemptions and peace they both seek. But, I can preorder the next book at Amazon. Which I did!

  • Jo-Anne
    2018-11-16 17:35

    I received a complementary copy in exchange for my honest review.Kelsey always did what her father wanted her to do. She even agreed to marry the man her father wanted her to marry even though she didn't feel any spark for the man. When she accidentally saw her fiancee having sex with another woman she got a back bone and decided to do something about it. She did that at her wedding. I loved that part!Then she wanted a complete change in her life so she quits her job and moves to a little rental house on the beach in Dreara, Ireland. Her new neighbor, Shaun, is an American author who she is instantly attracted to. Shaun has a reputation for being a womanizer so she is warned to stay clear of him. But she doesn't.Shaun has issues from his past that he is running from, too. It took a long time to find out anything about Shaun's troubled past and what made him so troubled, which I didn't like. Shaun is a very mysterious, sexy and intelligent man who knows what the townsfolk say about him but ignores it. Most of the time. One day Shaun and Kelsey were on an outing to a local farmer's market when Shaun notices that everyone was watching them so he kissed her to give the local gossips something to talk about. This action made them both realize that they liked each other more than just friends.The secondary characters were really well done. Brian and Sarah are Kelsey and Shaun's landlords and are very kind and caring people. Their daughter, Maeve, is fun-loving and energetic, not caring what anybody thinks of her. She is a good friend for Kelsey, helping her take life a little less seriously.This book ends in a cliffhanger which is very frustrating. I want to know more about Shaun's life and his relationship with Kelsey but I'll have to read the next book to find out.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-02 17:46

    To Live Again by Dori Lavelle is the first book in her new series, Learning to Live Again.Set in Ireland, the quaint and magical land of love, leprechauns and rainbows (okay, fine, maybe not the leprechauns), we meet some very interesting characters, most importantly though is Kelsey and Shaun.Kelsey is from a nearby town and is desperate to get away from the scandal that surrounded her, her ex-fiancee, and her father. She needs a break and finds it in the town of Dreara.Shaun is a Serendipity native. Those familiar with Dori's past stories will remember that Serendipity is the town where the Moments in Time series took place. He has demons in his past and he is in Dreara to get away from them. No one there knows his dark secrets and the guilt he carries.In renting the cottage next door to Shaun, Kelsey has started both of their lives down a different path from what they saw for themselves. It's rocky, and rough but if this first book is any indication, it will be a beautiful scenic ride. Very eagerly awaiting the next installment... To Love Again

  • Charlotte
    2018-11-12 14:41

    WOW! Breathtaking..Kelsey O’Neil did not think the moment she open a hotel door would change her life forever but it did. It open her eyes! She needed a new start a do over. She had to find herself no matter who she hurt on the way there.Was Craig who he said he was?Was Delia really her Best friend?Well her Dad ever forgive her?Could she trust people anymore?The story start in Dreara a cozy little town only few hour drive from Saulery. Place where Kelsey will call home. Living in a little small cottage overlooking the sea. Kelsey never though she would feel like she was home. She meet Shaun a mysterious man that live right next door.He tall with chestnut hair, broad shoulders, and handsome face. In a word, gorgeous. But she get this feeling she should stay away from him.Shaun came to Dreara to write a book and to get away from his life. He also running away from his previous life but for a whole different reason. Can he move on from what happen?Will people forgive him?Does he deserved a new life?When Kelsey and Shaun meet face to face they know that it trouble because they can’t get each other off their minds.Can two different people build a friendship?Well this friendship end with to broken souls?This book is about overcoming obstacles and fears. Trying something new, and letting some new feelings in. Can’t wait until the second book. (To Love Again).

  • Patricia
    2018-11-17 11:45

    To Live Again brings us into the world of Kelsey O'Neil, the woman smart enough to walk away from the wrong man, and Shaun Brannon, a man with secrets that he would rather not share. Together they will heat up the tongues of the cozy village called Dreara as Kelsey seeks to reach Shaun's heart and teach him how to open it up to love.Ms. Lavelle has the most incredible ability to write believable characters and a talent for story development. The weaving of her current series, Learning to Live Again, and characters from her previous series, A Moment in Time, left me feeling a connection to Kelsey and Shaun that goes so much deeper than a first novel. I managed to finish To Live Again with tears streaming down my face as my heart was breaking. Now waiting until To Love Again is released is going to prove to be pure torture!I highly recommend To Live Again, Dori Lavelle's first book in her new series, Learning to Live Again and give is five steaming cups of Room With Books coffee!~ Patricia, Room With Books ~ © Nov 27, 2014

  • Victoria Stolte
    2018-10-31 17:34

    Oh my! It is not often I fall in love with a new book boyfriend.. But Dori just keeps creating these guys that you cannot help but fall in love with! Kelsey needing a change in her life after some devastating revelations, and finally decides to live her own life instead of the one she has lived for her father. She quits her job, and ends up renting a quaint little house on the beach. A chance glance at her new neighbor stirs things in her and she must get to know him. Shaun is an author running from his past. The town sees him as a womanizer, but this doesn't deter her. After hanging out and getting to know each other things get interesting and he leaves her to ponder an interesting proposition when he has to go away for something. Will she be able to throw caution to the wind and let herself live? AND OMG big secrets come out and we find out why Shaun is the way he is. The story was well written and I always can get a feel of what the characters are feeling. I really enjoyed these characters and the story is amazing.. I can't wait to see where their journey takes us.

  • Pat aka Tygyr
    2018-10-28 15:34

    Shaun Brannon was married 8 years ago and it ended too quickly and in tragedy. Since then he has been a love 'em and leave 'em guy. Kelsey O'Neil found her fiancé Craig in bed with another woman shortly before their wedding. Hell hath no fury... She hires a PI and finds out more than she expected about her intended. At the wedding when she is asked if she takes this man she makes a big scene. Giving his aliases and calling him a criminal. Her father tells her she should have handled things more discreetly. She quits her job which is working for her dad. Now he won't speak to her. She runs off to a cabin in the wilds of Ireland, next door to Shaun. They are attracted to each other, but both are badly damaged by their pasts. Both love their cottages. If they try and end badly, they lose more than another possible relationship. Can they just be friends? Can Kelsey allow herself to be a one night stand?

  • AJ's book-reMarks
    2018-10-24 14:22

    Shaun is hiding a secret that is not under covered until the end of vol#1. Kelsey is having a life change, after she caught her fiance, Craig, in the throes of love with another woman in their hotel honeymoon suite. In addition, she finds out that he is not the person he claims to be. Craig, real name Tom Malone a conman identity theft, money laundering & embezzler. Kelsey's mom died when Kelsey was only 13 years old. Her father not knowing what to do, through himself into his work, Kelsey was raised by Maria, home servent. Kelsey tried to do whatever she thought would make her father happy. He wanted her to have a career, she went to university to study accounting. She went to work for her father making her way up to COO. Both Shaun & Kelsey find themselves living side by side in a quaint cottage by the sea. Neighbors should be friendly but in a small town everyone talks regardless if it's the truth or not. We have to wait and see what will happen to our neighbors in vol#2.

  • wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
    2018-11-18 15:47

    *** obsessed by books arc given for an honest review ***This was my first time reading Dori Lavelle and it will not be the last. we have Kelsey who is an sweet loving girl who has decided to quit her daddy company and move to a small little town in Ireland to make a new start for herself. while moving into her cottage, she notices her sexy new neighbor Shaun. Shaun is your typical sexy playboy, he has demons from his past that has changed his outlook on love and life. He doesn't want nor does he have time for that type of complication, so he gives in to lust and sexual need a love 'em. leave 'em type. until Kelsey, his has a stir of feelings and emotions that hes not sure of. this book is only the start of Shaun and Kelsey story and I can't wait for more. I would definitely recommend this book. I would give it a 5 star rating with out a doubt

  • Marie Reyes
    2018-11-16 13:26

    Can love win?Two people who have been badly hurt find each other. Neither one wants a big relationship, but find th e y can't see e m to stay away from one another. Can't wait for next book to see where they end up

  • Robyn
    2018-10-28 15:47

    I love The story of Kelsey and Shaun. Dori Lavelle writes phenomenal stories that grab my attention and I couldn't stop reading this book. Kelsey has left the world she knew to try to find herself and let go of the past. Shaun has his own demons from the past and won't let anyone in. When he and Kelsey meet, they go through many trials and tribulations. Slowly Shaun opens up and lets Kelsey in. This is a book about hope and healing. I can't wait for the next one! I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carol-Ann
    2018-10-22 14:24

    A lovely read beautifully written a very heartwarming read pulled at my heartstrings can't wait to read book #2 Adored the character's of Shaun Brannon who keeps his cards and feelings close to his chest he deals with his demons on a daily basis,Kelsey O'Neill has decided to start a new life and be more independent and find true love, can love have a chance with this couple I hope so loved there chemistry!

  • Devika Fernando
    2018-10-18 16:39

    Wow, talk about a book that pulls you in and doesn't spit you out until you've read it in one go! I love Shaun the tortured hero just as much as Kelsey. They're both inherently strong, but wounded, and they seem perfect for each other. The author makes them so real you think they're part of your life. You suffer along with them, you follow them on their emotional roller coaster ride - and you want more!

  • Chloe
    2018-10-19 14:25

    **ARC GIVEN FOR HONEST REVIEW**I was hooked in the first chapter of this book. I loved Kelsey and felt a lot for her, my heart broke for her in parts and i found a new hottie that could become my a book boyfriend. Shaun is HOT! I love that he is a writer. It was nice and lovely. I would recommend this book to anyone. Well Done Dori

  • Will Decker
    2018-11-15 18:28

    This is one of those romances you can't put down once you start. The characters come to life with all the quirks and nuances of real people. Some sexual tension that gets resolved, an easy going plot, and a nice Sunday afternoon of entertainment. There is little not to like. A great intro to a series.