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When I Think of You by Myah Ariel
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When I Think of You

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Length 10 hours 47 minutes
Language English
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In this sweeping second chance romance from debut author Myah Ariel, the unexpected spark of two former flames may force them to choose between their dreams and each other.

Kaliya Wilson has paid her dues. But all the years behind the reception desk at a flashy film studio have only pushed her movie-making dreams further out of reach. That is, until a surprise reunion presents an opportunity that could make her career, or break her heart…a second time. 

It’s been seven years since Kaliya’s whirlwind college romance with Danny Prescott went up in flames. While her passions have stalled, his career is taking off. So when the hot shot director reappears to offer her a job on his next production, it’s a shock to the system. Working with Danny may recapture the intensity of their film school days, but trusting him again won’t come as easily. 

As the pair allows themselves the openness and vulnerability to entrust their deepest truths to each other, the possibility of a true connection draws ever closer. But when Hollywood politics and scandal threaten to sink the production and her career, Kaliya may have to risk everything to do what’s right—even if it means letting go of the second chance love of a lifetime.

Myah Ariel is the author of debut contemporary romance WHEN I THINK OF YOU (Berkley '24). Her early love of movies led her from Arkansas to New York City where she earned a BA in cinema studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She also holds an MA in specialized journalism for the arts from USC Annenberg. For several years Myah worked across multiple roles in the film and entertainment industry before pivoting to work in academia. As a medical mom and a hopeless romantic, Myah is passionate about inclusive love stories.

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Reviews

“Myah Ariel breathes hope and longing into second chance romance, handles grief and loss with a deft, careful hand, and ignites the pages of this stunning debut with explosive chemistry. We are lucky to have this booming new voice in romance.” —Kennedy Ryan, USA TODAY bestselling author of Before I Let Go

"Myah Ariel's When I Think of You is a sparkling debut that had me turning pages into the night. Ariel crafts a thoughtful look at personal and professional vulnerability in an often unforgiving world, with characters who burn bright for their individual passions—and their passion for each other. I loved Kaliya and Danny and their shared determination to build something new from the past that shaped them." —Kate Clayborn, author of Georgie, All Along
 
"I loved this book from page one! A funny, engaging, poignant love story about personal growth, forgiveness, and second chances. When I Think of You is a winner!" —Farrah Rochon, New York Times bestselling author of The Hookup Plan

"This debut not only contains intelligent critiques of Hollywood’s storytelling machine, but the kind of slow-burn love affair that Hollywood itself is made for."Elle

When I Think of You is a dazzling second-chance romance… Myah Ariel's storytelling is so engaging that it's hard to believe this is her debut novel. These characters are so easy to fall in love with, and the ending is incredibly well-earned.” —Buzzfeed

“Myah Ariel deserves a standing ovation for When I Think of You… If you’re a movie buff, love Black romance, or want a new release to add to your TBR, then look no further than When I Think of You.”—Culturess

"A swoony, emotionally-resonant romance."Fangirlish.

“A dreamy cloud of a book, Myah Ariel’s debut novel is a reminder that Black girls with massive dreams deserve a soft place to land… At its core, When I Think Of You is a second-chance love story, but Ariel’s stunning debut is so much more than that... Gorgeously written… Ariel declares that women, especially Black women, should never settle and instead should demand from others just as much as they expect from themselves. When I Think Of You reminds us that though passions often require risks and when they blossom, it can indeed, be magic.”Blavity

“An edgy, hyper-current Hollywood based second-chance romance between former college sweethearts, Myah Ariel's debut novel When I Think of You radiates breakout energy… Enticing and well executed — multilayered and well-written with characters that are nuanced and human… Ariel transforms hard-won knowledge into a compelling romantic fiction that is a lovely balance of realism and swoon.” NPR

“Ariel’s debut is a swoon-inducing second-chance romance featuring college sweethearts who never really got over each other… At turns humorous and heart-wrenching, with a smoldering sensuality that underlies even the most fraught of the protagonists’ encounters, this novel is highly recommended for all library collections.”Library Journal (starred review)

“Fans of Hollywood romances and second-chance scenarios will enjoy Ariel's debut romance novel, a thoughtful story of love and self-discovery.” Booklist

“Ariel’s sensitive debut explores the experiences of people of color in Hollywood… Danny and Kaliya rediscover their old rhythms at a believable clip, making it easy to see why their relationship works, and Kaliya proves a wonderful heroine whose strength and passion in the face of adversity will have readers cheering. Ariel is an exciting new voice in romance.”Publishers Weekly

“The novel shines in its depiction of Danny’s parents’ story and in the scenes where the author weaves in Black joy and art. The flashbacks to the romance between Kaliya and Danny during their college years in New York effectively evoke the thrill of first love… Enjoyable.”Kirkus Reviews Expand reviews