Review: Deleted: Jackson and Maggie by Tess Thompson (Cliffside Bay #2)

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via L. Woods PR in exchange for an honest review.

Two books in and Tess Thompson's Cliffside Bay series is already proving to be one of my favorites this year. I'm enjoying getting to know the group of five guys who met in college and continue to be the closest of friends. They've even got a name for themselves--The Dogs--with Brody Mullen, Jackson Waller, Zane Shaw, Kyle Hicks, and Lance Mullen--a quarterback, a doctor, a bar and grill owner, a real estate developer, and a hedge fund manger, respectively--making up this fictional poker-playing fab five. Book two involves Jackson and his first and true love, Maggie Keene, and it's not the run-of-the-mill kind of second chance romance we're used to.

Jackson Waller's heart belonged to Maggie Keen from the time they were six years old. They shared everything together, including their dreams--dreams that they ultimately knew would lead them to opposite ends of the country after high school graduation. But any hope of seeing Maggie again disappears when Jackson is informed of her death as she was on her way to college. Heartbroken, Jackson strives to move forward and does so even as he continues to mourn and miss Maggie. Twelve years later, he's engaged and hopeful for a life with someone new when who should make return to Cliffside Bay and the land of the living but his Maggie.

I love that this second Cliffside Bay book has a completely different story than the one that came before it. You would think that in this day and age of social media, Maggie would have found some way to reach out to Jackson, but she had her reasons for cutting herself off from any ways of keeping tabs on the boy she loved, what more getting in contact with him. You may also have to suspend your disbelief when it comes to her father making up the story about her untimely demise. I've come across quite a few despicable parents in the books I've read, but I don't think I can recall one that went to the point of spreading a fake story about his kid.

As always, Tess Thompson gives readers main characters that we can become emotionally invested in. Jackson and Maggie may have been absolutely in love with one another as kids and teens, but they've also experienced life without each other for a dozen years. Loving someone at eighteen and loving them at thirty may seem simple enough, but these two had challenges to face, making the rekindling of their love story more complicated to say the least. While I would still consider the series starter, Traded: Brody and Kara, my favorite between the two available titles, I still enjoyed Deleted: Jackson and Maggie and cannot wait for more. 4.5 stars. ♥


Read my reviews for the Cliffside Bay series:

Traded: Brody and Kara (book one) - five stars - My Review

Deleted: Jackson and Maggie (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)


Release Date: 07 May 2018

Date Read: 07 May 2018

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