Sway by Melanie Stanford

I find it hard to believe that one character could surround herself with so many selfish people. True, half of them were her family members that she couldn’t exactly choose to be related to, but still!

What’s it About? 


Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have? Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.

In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets. One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself.

First Impressions

I really enjoyed the premise of this book. I mean, who doesn’t like a story about two lovers finding each other again years later to rekindle an old romance? Unfortunately my interest quickly turned to frustration. Ava’s family and friends are so unbelievably spoiled, immature and selfish I could barely stand it! The fact that Ava never really stood up to any of them, or said anything when they were being downright rude and out of line is beyond me. And she willingly spent time with these people!


What do you Expect? 

Sadly, Ava’s acquaintances weren’t the only frustrating characters; Ava certainly made me want to rip my hair out a few times as well. After accepting Eric’s proposal of marriage when they were teenagers, Ava’s father threatens to cut her off if she follows through with it. When Eric asks if she thinks money is more important than their relationship, she hesitates. Consider that the death knoll of their relationship.


When they meet again after so many years Eric basically ignores her, and Ava can’t believe how much he has changed by giving her the cold shoulder. What the f*ck did you expect?! You basically chose money over the love of your life! Did you think he would just fall at your feet because of your glowing awesomeness? No! You gotta put in a little effort to win him back. The fact that she also never opened her mouth to tell Eric about her changed feelings made me feel as though I was reading about dramatic teenagers instead of grown ass adults.


Oh Come On Now

Everyone in Ava’s life believes she has gotten over the heartbreak of her relationship with Eric 8 years ago. Mainly because she keeps telling them she has. But these people still have no concept of boundaries or proper social decorum. Case in point: one of Ava’s acquaintances starts dating Eric, and after only one month of dating she asks Ava why he hasn’t said he loves her yet. I mean, Ava and Eric used to be so close, surely Ava must know why he hasn’t uttered those three little words. Seriously?! Who asks for relationship advice from the ex? Have you no intelligence whatsoever?

not ok

Eric and Ava obviously still have some unresolved sexual tension issues to deal with. However, they don’t really have a meaningful, one-on-one conversation until about 70% of the way through the book. Ava pretty much just stares at him longingly, and thinks back on the start of their relationship for most of the novel. This made it difficult to really connect with or root for them as a couple seeing as they spent so much of the story apart from one another.

*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Stand-alone

Should you read it? This book actually has an adorably sweet ending, but I personally had difficulty sympathizing with any of the main characters.

Smut Level: Sorry, no sex. Some interesting make-out sessions though.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $4.24 Kindle Price. Samhain Publishing, Ltd. 312 Pages.


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