ARC Review: Once and Again by Elisabeth Barrett

Posted August 31, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Once and Again by Elisabeth Barrett
Once and Again
by Elisabeth Barrett

3 Stars


Released: July 14 2015
Series: Return to Briarwood #1
Published by Loveswept
Pages: 287
Format: eARC

“If you’re looking for a sweet, second chance love story, this one is for you.”
~ Under the Covers

Elisabeth Barrett kicks off a new series called Return to Briarwood with ONCE AND AGAIN. If you’re looking for a sweet, second chance love story, this one is for you.

Carolyn Rivington was once a member of the Briarwood Golf and Yacht club. With her family ties and reputation, Carolyn has always been someone that held a high place in society but with her family in debt, she is no longer a member at the club, she is now an employee. This doesn’t really faze her very much though because it seems that she enjoys her new job and the people around her.

It isn’t until the club gets a new owner that Carolyn panics. It’s not because she worries what he’ll do to the club. It’s because she knows him from her past – he’s the guy her father put in handcuffs.

Jake Gaffney is a little bit bad boy and a little bit of a big shot. While on paper he has everything you want in a hero, I found it hard to get into his character and I’m not sure why. There’s a little bit of focus on money and their place/rank in society because of who Carolyn was and who Jake is and I’m not quite sure I liked that very much. I understand that because of the nature of their past, this was something that had to be addressed in the book but I could take or leave it if I’m being totally honest. It just wasn’t something that interested me.

The secondary characters do have quite a bit of page time in this novel so I’m assuming that the next book in the series will follow more of these characters. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Book Tags:

wp-secondchance wp-sweet


Reading Order & Buy Links
Click on the covers to buy the books
 Once and Again thebestofme



About Elisabeth Barrett

Raised in small-town Connecticut, Elisabeth spent most of her formative years playing the piano and reading everything she could get her hands on. In high school, she took a job at her local bookstore where she first discovered romance novels. She would stay long after closing time to squeeze in just one more chapter.

After working summers as a guest student at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, she studied biology as an undergraduate before attending law school. Elisabeth then spent nearly a decade working as a patent attorney, focusing her practice on both biotechnology litigation and prosecution. Inspired by those summers on Cape Cod, she started writing fiction . . . a habit she can’t seem to break.

Now a displaced New Englander, Elisabeth lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.


What did you think of our review?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!


 ♡ Don’t want to miss any of our posts? ♡ 
Follow Under the Covers: Facebook | Twitter | Tsu | GoodReads | Email 

Follow me


Blogger/Reviewer at Under the Covers Book Blog
I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene ( I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

When I’m not submerged in a good book, you can find me musing about makeup and planners or dreaming about Kpop boys and beaches. Until then, check out my reviews and let’s talk books!
Follow me

Related Posts

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Under the Covers Book Blog Comment Policy
Please read our comment policy here.

Leave a Reply

3 Comment threads
1 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
4 Comment authors
Under the Covers Book BlogTimitraAmy RElizabeth Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

I do enjoy a good second chance story

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review Annie.


Thanks for the heads up on this new series Annie

Under the Covers Book Blog
Under the Covers Book Blog

No problem 🙂