To See You by Rachel Blaufeld is NOW LIVE!
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No cliffhanger, only hard-earned unexpected love. And angst.
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No cliffhanger, only hard-earned unexpected love.
What is it about this guy?
On paper, he’s one hundred percent wrong for me. His e-mails are equal parts annoying and funny.
Okay, more funny than annoying. More like refreshing. Different. Exciting.
But as I stand next to him now, he’s giving me head-to-toe tingles, and I find myself dwelling on his e-mails.
Meet smart, sexy career girl and New York snob, Charli Richards. She has everything except happiness until the day she meets Layton Griffin. It’s a random encounter on an airplane; it couldn’t mean anything, right?
Layton isn’t even remotely close to who Charli sees herself hooking up with . . . ever. Her mom and best friend agree he’s not for her, but he makes her feel something exciting, awakens her world.
But then Layton changes, going to great lengths for Charli to see him for who he really is.
Will those changes bring them closer together, or will she never be able to see him in the same way again?
“Cheers.” My seatmate good-naturedly tipped his glass toward me. He wasn’t going to leave me alone.
I took a long gulp and looked back at my computer screen.
“Do you like working for them?”
I tugged at my turtleneck; it was so freaking hot all of a sudden. My nosy neighbor’s face had a slight sheen to it, clearly from being hot, and now his warmth was seeping into my space.
“I do. They’re a growing company and . . . I’ve made great strides there.”
What the heck? Why was I even answering him? Because he asked, and if I was honest, it was the nicest anyone had been to me in months.
Furthermore, why did I sound like I was on an interview? Or an infomercial?
He was kind—I could tell—and his smile was gentle and calm, his eyes like warm coffee with just the right amount of cream swirling through it. I turned a little in my seat to face him and my knee brushed his thigh. I let my gaze travel his Beastie Boys T-shirt until I settled on his computer.
Playing on it was a rom-com, one I’d never seen before, but Katie What’s-her-name—all stunning, shiny hair, celebrity mom, perfect life—was front and center. Her arms were full of shopping bags and she was wearing a big grin on her perfect face as she walked down a city street.
“You don’t strike me as the romantic comedy type.” I felt my eyebrow lift. I wasn’t sure if I was teasing him or myself as the question floated from my mouth.
He laughed. It was soothing and comforting like a coffee-and-Kahlua on a cold night, and warm like the sun on the first few days of summer.
I allowed my eyes to close and imagined he looked like somebody else—not someone else totally, but just different. Fit, not slender but muscular. He still had the same gracious smile and inviting eyes, but he wasn’t wearing a music T-shirt in my imagination. Maybe a Henley? And dark-wash jeans instead of the regular everyday ragged blue I’d noticed him wearing.
“It’s work too,” he said, interrupting my fantasy.
“Oh.” I chugged the balance of my mimosa, cooling the wash of desire recently conjured up from my brain.
“Actually, I’m pretty sure BubblePOP will end up reviewing this one, will probably have someone at the premiere too. That’s why I asked about the site. Six degrees of Kevin Bacon and all that. Our worlds are connected.”
“I don’t do movies. I’m the fitness editor, but if Katie What’s-her-name is in it, I’m sure we’ll be all over it.”
He shifted his gaze over fully to me now. His eyes weren’t exclusively deep brown; tiny flecks of amber circled his pupil. They were captivating in a weird way, as if they didn’t belong with this guy.
I’d never met a slob who was so interesting before, yet he was definitely intriguing. And not really a slob—that was my own bias. Clearly, I was having some sort of psychotic breakdown on this airplane.
What I Thought
Kind of a human version of Beauty and the Beast, but in reverse, and mixed up a little bit! This is not the everyday Romance genre that you usually read with the perfectly hot male and even more perfect female. The characters in To See You are flawed, more natural and what we see everyday. This story is more real life, not the fantasy world we all dream to be in when we read a romance book.
Charli works as a fitness editor at BubblePop. She is a super judgemental New Yorker. A self confessed snob. Travelling with work is Charli’s first encounter with Layton. When she first sees him, sitting next to where she will be sitting, in seat 2D, she instantly judges him on his size. Layton is a big guy, but he has a kind and sensitive personality. Charli instantly feels comfortable enough to chat to and even open up to Layton a little, all the while still judging him on his size and feeling like a bitch at the same time as she knows she is doing it.
After speaking with Layton during their flight, Charli does feel bad about her thoughts of him. He’s a nice guy. Once they land and go their separate ways, Charli can’t get him out of her head and it is the same for Layton. Layton is completely taken by Charli. She is the kind of girl he wants, but thinks he will never get. Charli likes the person Layton is. She even finds him attractive, she just has ideas in her head of who she is meant to be with, ideas that are pushed at her by her mother and her best friend, Janie. She should be with a fit, hot bodied big wig, so she and them think.
Layton manages to get a hold of Charli’s email adress and they start to chat back and fourth, they get along so well and laugh together, it becomes a highlight for both of them. Charli knows living by her judgemental ways are making her unhappy, but can she move past that, or will living a life, worrying about what people will think of her if she is with a less than perfect guy, mean she possibly loses the guy of her dreams?
You might not like Charli at the start of the book, I certainly did not!! I thought she was shallow, you may even feel like you kind of hate her at times, especially with Layton being such a sweetie, but persevere with it!
The book is written from dual point of view, Rachel’s descriptive words, help you connect with the characters, especially Layton and have you rooting for him from the very start. The imagery Rachel’s writing helps create is engaging and makes you want to complete the book in one sitting, just to see if you get that ending that you are so hoping for in your head, from the moment you start the book. The story is written in two parts and does have a couple of twists! It’s not an all action packed story but has plenty enough to keep you captivated.
I like that even though Layton was a big guy, and he knew it, he didnt dwell on it. He was content in himself. He knew he had his good qualities. Despite Layton not being a sexy bodied, perfect guy right off the bat, you still fall for him in this story. I loved his quirky ways of thinking and he often had me laughing…..
I’m not going to lie – when her eyes met mine, my heart quickened and my dick hardened. Not just a little stiffy. I was hard as a f*****g light saber, or sword, or whatever…a rod.
And there was nothing little about my dick. It was a very pleasing one, or so a few women have told me. Pair it with my smile and I was considered deadly in some circles.
To See You is a thought provoking, but pleasurable story. It is a unique storyline to me, Romance being my favourite genre and having read hundreds of books in the last few years, this is the first I have read with characters that are full of imperfections. I felt it actually makes the story more alluring. A great novel by Rachel Blaufeld!!
About The Author
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog,BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, anti-heroes, and mighty fine epilogues.
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