Posted November 19, 2014 by MeliMel in Blog Tours, Book Love, Giveaways, Guest Posts & Reviews, Home, Meli Mel Review / 2 Comments


Title: Retrace

Author: Sigal Ehrlich

Release Date: November 6, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance




Nia Martins believes a fresh start will help her leave her traumatic past behind. Moving to a different country, she seeks to shake off her demons by doing the one thing that sets her free from her destructive thoughts – teaching dance. But change doesn’t come easy, and all Nia really wants is to take the next breath without the perpetual suffocation that follows.

Reeves Mitchell has looked death in the eyes so many times it’s become habitual. That is, until his best friend’s life was on the line. When the one thing he feared the most turns into reality, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his loss. As Reeves tries to live with the constant thought of “what if” gnawing at the back of his mind, he persistently and steadily builds a thick wall around himself.

Their solitary lives are all they have—until fate brings them together. Nia and Reeves’ new friendship helps make life, shadowed by the ghosts of their past, more bearable. But as their relationship deepens and new, suppressed feelings emerge between them, are they willing to retrace their steps back to where wounded hearts can be broken once more?

guest review Meli Mel

♥♥♥ 3.25 “Happy Date” Stars ♥♥♥

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“Our scars and wounds are a great part of who we are. And who you are is so amazingly beautiful…Without the baggage you bring with you, you wouldn’t have been the you I’m totally crazy about.”

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As soon as I read the blurb, I was really looking forward to this story. I enjoyed the prologues that both Nia and Reeves got. That way I knew a little bit about them before the story began. It started off quite good and was even loving their first unforgettable meeting. After that intro, I was expecting a very emotional and tension filled story ahead of me. This did nor really happen until around the last 30%, or so, of the book. After Nia and Reeves meet, they find out that they are actually neighbors.

Nia has just moved from Brazil to the U.S. She is a dancer and is working as dance teacher to little girls. She is running from her painful past. Something has happened that has her feeling guilt. She wants to start fresh and hopes to never feel that kind of pain again. She changes her last name to her mother’s and becomes Nia Mitchell. Reeves is an ex-FBI. He has something painful of his own. He also feels guilt for what happened to his best friend. All he wants is to avenge him and he is willing to do anything to do it. Reeves, just like Nia, doesn’t do serious relationships. But there is something about Nia that appeals and intrigues him. He knows he wants more, he’s just not sure of how much.

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“I’ll make you smile, Nia. No matter what it’ll take of me. I’ll make you happy. I’ll even find you your happy date.”

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In the blurb it says they form a friendship, I just didn’t realize it was of the benefits kind. So after the tension between them become too much the agree to a no strings attached arrangement. Since before this point in the book, things had gotten a tad bit slow. There was too much ‘nothing is going to happen’ going on. When they finally decided to act on their lust for each other things got a bit interesting for a while, but then later on, it also dragged on a bit too.

I did like Reeves very much. Even though they were both against anything serious, it became just that as time went by. And Reeves totally surprised me by how swoony he could be, especially since he kept behaving cocky in a sexy way, before. But, he could also be so sweet, tender, and alpha. Nia I liked for the most part although she did have her annoying moments. I would have also liked to see a bit more of her colorful Brazilian side come out more or maybe even speak to Reeves in portuguese. That would have been very sexy. She was really kind and sweet to her girls. And whenever she was with Reeves, things got steamy fast.

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“I know I’ve found my purpose, I can’t imagine me without you.”

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Overall, it was a good read. I didn’t end up connecting to the characters 100% but there still was somewhat of a connection, more with Reeves than with Nia. The story was good, I was expecting more of an emotional read, since they had demons to get over, but I didn’t really get that. I don’t know what to think about Katie, she did add some drama though. It took a while for them to accept they were more than just “friends with benefits” and when they did, I really enjoyed it. I liked seeing them open up to each other. I also really loved the ending. It was awesome having an epilogue for both Reeves and Nia’s POV during different times. It was so romantic and sweet.

~ARC gifted to Kris & Vik Book Therapy Cafe in exchange for an honest review.~


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By teen age, Sigal already lived in three different continents where she was lucky enough to experience and visit varied places, meet unique people, which only helped fuel her overly developed imagination. Currently, Sigal calls Estonia home where she lives with her husband and three kids.  Not exactly sure where they will end up next…

2 responses to “ARC REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: RETRACE by Sigal Ehrlich

  1. Elisa D

    The blurb sounds very interesting. But the part I loved the best was the review. I like the fact it’s not completely positive and honestly mentions the flaws. It makes me want to read the book more this way since I know what I’ll get 🙂

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