The Corey Effect by Casey Dembowski ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Romance Fiction ~ Release Date: October 4, 2022

REVIEW: Casey Dembowski just came out with her Sophomore book The Corey Effect. It’s a great effort and I would highly recommend this book. If you were to ask me which one was my favorite, When We’re Thirty or The Corey Effect, I’m not sure I could give you an answer. They were both really good books and I rated her first book five stars and I’m going to do the same for this new book.

The Coret Effect is written in two different time periods about ten years apart. The characters are in their junior and senior year of high school and moving on to college. So, they start out a bit younger. I don’t often read young adult books because for someone in their late 60’s they often are not as relatable. Don’t get me wrong. I do remember those days with clarity and love to reminisce about my first love but things were different fifty years ago. The second time period is ten years later. Andi and Corey haven’t seen each other in ten years since they broke up during their first year of college. 

The main characters are Andi and Corey. Andi is the new girl in school. Corey is the hometown football hero. They fall in love at first sight and it is the kind of love you don’t get over and stays with you your whole life even when things don’t work out. The other characters are their friends and family. Corey has a family that although they are not prominent in the book will make you fall in love with them. His dad will make you want to hug him and be in his strong comforting arms. He is stern yet loving and kind. 

You think this book is going to be a quick lighthearted read. It does turn serious and has some triggers that may bother some people. It deals with abuse, alcoholism and divorce. There is some love scenes in the book if you know what I mean. I don’t think they are over the top and they serve a purpose. Once I got over the characters being so young in the early years and understood why the author included as much as she did, I truly enjoyed the book. When I went back and looked at the book as a whole, I realized what an amazing job Casey Dembowski did on The Corey Effect. Until next time…Happy Reading!

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SYNOPSIS: A second chance ten years in the making.

When Andi Scott left her hometown ten years ago, she swore she’d never go back. But news of her estranged father’s death has her driving the all-too-familiar roads. Each turn brings another memory—of the girl she became there and the boy she loved and lost. The only saving grace is that there’s no way Corey Johnson, the former love of her life, is still around. They both got out, even though it cost them everything.

Andi’s barely in town for a day when she discovers that not only is Corey still in Fairford, but he’s the cofounder of a successful local business, one he built with her father. The news shatters the walls Andi built around her past and forces her to reexamine everything she thought she knew.

When Corey asks Andi to stay in town, she can’t refuse his boyish grin or the way he still looks at her as if she’s the only person in the room. And she doesn’t want to. Corey’s still the same person who made the worst day of her life better with one crooked smile, but there’s something he’s not telling her. Andi has to know what it is, even if it means opening her heart to the person who broke it in the first place.

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