I received a gifted galley of THE REWIND by Allison Winn Scotch for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and PRH Audio for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 11/1/2022
Rating: 3.5 / 5
THE REWIND follows college sweethearts Frankie and Ezra years after their pre-graduation breakup. They’ve met back up again at the wedding of a friend, back at the campus where they first met and fell in love. They are here for the wedding of friends, but the two clearly had a bit too much fun with the festivities because they wake up in bed together with Ezra’s grandmother’s ring on Frankie’s finger and no memory of how they got here. With Frankie’s intended fiancée MIA and no one they can turn to for answers as to what went down the night before, Frankie and Ezra must get over their differences to work together to retrace their steps.
This book combines a bit of enemies to lovers and a second chance romance, putting Frankie and Ezra in a difficult position right from the very start. The story is against the backdrop of the new year’s eve where the 90s would transition to a new millennium (it is historical fiction I suppose… though I refuse to think of something that recent as historical). Through flashbacks and the ‘present day’ in 1999, there is a lot of good 90’s nostalgia as well.
The book brings a lot of fun moments together and does a good job of setting up the difficulties inherent in their situation. This is the type of second chance romance I can get behind in that there are valid reasons why they are no longer together, but not such that you don’t ever want them together. There is a need to suspend some disbelief, but the author does a good job of establishing reasons behind the lack of memory and the tension in the relationship. There are a lot of fun moments and some bad choices, but it all makes for a good combo.
This is a fun read for New Year’s (or any time really). THE REWIND comes out on Tuesday!