BOOK REVIEW: A Little Too Late (Madigan Mountain #1) by Sarina Bowen

BOOK REVIEW: A Little Too Late (Madigan Mountain #1) by Sarina BowenA Little Too Late (Madigan Mountain #1)
by Sarina Bowen
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How to behave when the guy who broke your heart two thousand miles away turns up in your office:

One: Don’t drop your lucky coffee cup in shock, even though it’s been ten years.

Two: Don’t get defensive when he asks how you ended up working his family’s ski mountain… and why you kept it a secret.

Three: Give him the worst room in the resort. He deserves it for suddenly waltzing back in like he owns the place. (Which he kind of does.)

Four, five, six, seven, eight and nine: Do not kiss him in the hot tub.

Ten: Try to keep your heart intact after you break all of your rules.

Because Reed is leaving again. Hate can't turn back into love. And it’s a little too late


A Little Too Late was a romantic second chance story!  With a gorgeous snowy setting, old truths coming out, a fabulous group of friends and lots of family dynamics, I adored this book!

Reed Madigan is going to wreck me all over again. And I’m going to let him.

Ava was someone who was so easy to love!  She had a wonderful group of friends and was dedicated and loved her job.  So when Reed stepped back into her life, she was shocked.  When he left her 10 years ago, after they lost their baby in college, a part of Ava stayed broken and lost.  Years later she was still mad at him for the pain he caused her.  I loved how she played dirty with him and that she had no problem being open and harsh.  He deserved it.  But with Reed back in her life to help oversee the sale of his family ski resort, I had so much hope for her healing.  The chemistry was still between them.  And the banter was too.  So when kisses snuck in and moments caused the both of them to smile together, it made my heart so happy to watch Ava heal.  Well, as long as Reed didn’t leave her again, which seemed inevitable. 

I want a do-over. I want to toss the misshapen mess I made against the art studio floor and start over.
But that’s impossible, so I settle for the next best thing, which is kissing Ava until we’re both breathless and frustrated. 

Reed was thoughtful, kind, compassionate and someone so easy to fall for.  Yet his past and how he ended things with Ava spoke otherwise.  After he lost his mom and his dad turned into someone he didn’t know, he met Ava in college and it changed his world.  But after getting hurt again and leaving Ava behind, I couldn’t wait to see how he would redeem himself.  I expected him to earn her trust and love back.  So when Reed faced the music, he stole a piece of my heart.  When he was jealous and always looked out for Ava, he stole yet another.  We got to alternate between Reed and Ava and I loved that Reed showed us his heart and it caused mine to faster every time he showed it to Ava.

I close my eyes and try to memorize this perfect feeling. “It’s always been you,” I whisper.
“Shh,” is her reply.

We got peaks into Reed & Ava’s past from 10 years ago and it added such a richness to their story.  I loved their moments together, past and present.  Even if they both had heart wrenching pasts.  And as they both talked and worked together, which I loved, the angst was never too much or too little.  It was the perfect amount.  And the steam was in that same category too.  This story was rounded out with a wonderful cast of side characters. Halley was definitely one of my favorites!

I never believed in second chances until right this moment.

Filled with laughter and love, A Little Too Late was a fabulous second chance romance!  There was so much healing in the pages, it made my heart so happy.  Between Reed and Ava, Reed and his dad, to even with themselves, all of it was done wonderfully!  So if you like adult romance that is charming and heartfelt, then definitely make sure you have this one on your tbr!

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  1. Sophie

    I so love second chance stories Jen!

    • Jen

      Me too! They make my heart so happy ♥,

  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Jen! (So Arielle finally convinced you to read something by Sarina Bowen?? lol) I thought Ava was so likable and I felt for her when Reed showed up. Reed was such a good man, but unfortunately he had been in such a bad place when they were together in college. And Ava suffered for it. He could be so clueless about family and relationships but he sure came around! I loved their second chance romance.
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    • Jen

      LOL!! A million times yes to everything you said! I loved this story so much and I can’t wait to read more of Bowen’s books!

  3. Sam@WLABB

    I am all about second chance romances. I would think there are some really emotional moments given their history too. Sounds like a great one for me

    • Jen

      I think you would enjoy this story so much! There were some fabulous emotional moments that I think will definitely pull on your heart.

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