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Since You've Been Gone

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  30 reviews
'That special someone can walk in and out of your life, yet leave a permanent mark that lasts a lifetime...'

~ Since You've Been Gone ~

Lucy Love always wanted to travel and explore the world before being forced to grow up and act like an adult in the big bad world laid out before her.

Deciding to stick to her dreams, she ensues on a summer of a lifetime, making memories, hav
Published (first published 2015)
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
2.5 ★'s

Ugh...I don't think I'm ever going to learn my lesson about taking chances on books that none of my friends have read. To be fair, I did actually read the blurb and that's what had me intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn't stay that way.

The story's about Jake and Lucy who had a relationship ten years ago. Something happened and they don't see or talk to each other in all that time until they run into each other at Lucy's best friend's wedding.


We're immediately taken to the past and basical
Lady Living  In Bookland
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first read by SM Phillips despite having her other ebooks on my kindle shamefully. Having anticipated this book for so long I couldn't wait to get stuck in and I flew through it in one sitting. Lucy is a headstrong and sensible young woman who is taking some time out in Spain and doesn't expect anything other than fun and memory making. So when Jake shows us he kind of throws her off kilter! Flitting between past and present we learn the story of them both and how the years apart hav ...more
Laura Smith
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read several of S.M Phillip books and I love them more each time I read a new one. She is a very talented writer and her books have you hooked from the go.

Since You've Been Gone is an easy read and the storyline flows beautifully. I flew through this in a day. The book flitters between past and present as you are given the chance to see what happened 10 years ago between the two main characters Lucy and Jake and why she is so shaken to see him at her best friends wedding..

This is a story o
Michelle Austin
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

Since you’ve been gone was a great 4 star read.

We start out in the beginning with Lucy at her best friend Hannah’s wedding, when she sees a certain someone she is in shock. Why is he here?
We jump back 10 years to Lucy in Spain working for the summer. The first time that Lucy meets Jake is not the most pleasant of experiences. I enjoyed watching these two get to know each other, Lucy opened up more and more to him. You could feel the connection they had.
Jennifer Sons
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book is mostly told in the past, 10 years ago, with the exception of the 1st chapter & last part of the book.

It starts off with Lucy at her bff's wedding. Things are going great until Lucy walks out into the wedding & she comes face to face with her past. The past she thought was gone forever. It then goes back 10 years to track Lucy's life. Jake & Lucy had a strong connection from the start even though they are nothing alike. I loved the banter between the two & watching th
Wendy Fisher
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting second chance romance. Lucy decides to enjoy her summer before facing the reality of working a real job. Jake has the same idea and their meeting didn't exactly end how she wishes it did. Lucy has the hots for him but she doubts he has the hots for her. Is it possible that he does? Can they make a fling  work without her heart getting broken? Some time passes and some feelings grow. Can this be happening? Fast forward 10 years when Lucy is the maid of honor at her best friend's we ...more
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
This is such a sweet, loving story of boy meets girl but that doesn’t mean the relationship runs smoothly!!

Lucy goes to work in Spain for the summer season and leaves her best friend Hannah at home. This is where she meets Jake. Their first meeting is not the best of ways to meet as she's out for her birthday and she pukes all over him but don't remember it until her flat mate makes her go out again the next night to face her fears...she sees him again and the chemistry is instant. The book sta
Wendy Livingstone
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first time which I have read any of this authors work, and it will not be the last. This is the story of Lucy and Jake who meet while taking a time out in Spain. There is an instant and intense chemistry between them from the start. As is typical though, true love never runs smoothly.
This storyline is an emotional rollercoaster journey, and is written in the past and present. This is a well written second chance romance, and I loved the banter between all of the characters. I look f
Louise Rogers-Thomas
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Everyone deserves a second chance at love but does Lucy???

A beautiful love story that kept me gripped until the end. I'd definitely love the hear more about Jake & Lucy.
Louise McKie (Clare & Lou's Mad About Books)
Since you've been gone is a heartfelt story about Lucy and what happens when a blast from her past turns up at her friends wedding. We are plunged back into the past and told the story of Lucy and her short lived relationship with Jack.

If someone came and asked for your forgiveness after 10 years would you give them it? Could you give them it? Lucy isn't so sure. After all, we are meant to move forward not backwards aren't we?

I thought this story was a really sweet tale of first love and forgiv
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Again a first. There's my first book from S. M. Phillips. There's a beauty and sweet loving story. Likeable characters, but I was not at ease with 1-2.
One thought. Inflammation. Disastrous first encounter. A second chance.
Her bff's wedding Lucy is forced to confront the past.
I really enjoyed the story, and I hope I meet in the future the writer's work.
Avid Reader
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Since You've Been Gone by SM Phillips
3.5 stars
M/F YA Romance
I was given this book for an honest review by Book Whores Brothel

I think that I'm in the minority for this story. Yes, it was an incredibly fast read, but it was fast because it lacked development.

Lucy is a great character. I would have liked to see her less of a people pleaser, especially with her selfish roommate, whom I wanted to smack whenever she was mentioned. What I think that I liked most about Lucy's character is that she's a r
Bunny  Piamonte Bañes
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yay, finally! I've been so excited to read this book. Thank you so much Steph for the ARC. It's really worth the wait. I love this book so much that after reading the first chapter, there was no way to put the book down. I just had to find out what happened to Jake and Lucy.

I love how the story was played out. It started with the present then went back to the past. I got to see and experience the love that developed between two people destined to be together. I felt the love that Jake and Lucy
Books Laid Bare
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
There was a lot packed between the covers of this book, if the author was planning on giving my emotions and work out…she nailed it.
Most of the story was retrospective, looking back at past events, events that had left them both feeling cheated almost. The author did a great job of laying out their time together from their less than stellar start, through the glory of getting to know each other, right up until it all fell apart.
Their time is Spain was short but that didn’t mean it was insignific
The Big O Book Blog
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Happiness, confusion, yearning, anger, excitement, sadness… My mind flitted through a bevy of emotions while reading this book!

I loved every second that Jake & Lucy spent together… I only wish I could’ve seen more development in their relationship to understand why their feelings for one another were so intense at the end of the story. Their time at the beach was fun & eventually heated (YAY!) & every kiss & touch they shared was sweet… I just needed more of those kinds of thing
Keren Hughes
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As usual, SM Phillips has gone and given us a fabulous new story to sink our teeth into.
This was quite a fast-paced story that had me utterly consumed for the last couple of hours.
Lucy is young, carefree and living the dream abroad for the summer. There she meets Jake, a sinfully sexy hunk with the most amazing cobalt eyes...*swoon*
The story, told from Lucy's POV, tells of a second chance romance. It had me questioning reality, even though I know it's meant to be a story to take you away from
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I do want to start out saying that there are a few typos, not a big issue to me, I don't read a story to tear apart the grammar, I read it for the actual story. Also I will say I had to read a few parts over because of the different words she uses, as we live in different parts of the universe, it sometimes took me a minute, but I figured it out.

This book was really something I think I needed to read at the time I read it. I have been struggling with emotions, second chances, thoughtfulness and
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A story of a second chance. Lucy as maid of honour at her best friend's wedding, helps calm Hannah's nerves to be met face on with her own past as they arrive at the altar..turning around and facing Jake in the congregation.. her first love from a summer working abroad 10 years ago who she fled from without a backward glance! will they be able to work things out if Hannah can even face him again. We are then taken back to 10 years ago and follow the sweet romance between Lucy and Jake. for a 'ho ...more
Naomi Connor
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review - Naomi / Scandalous Book Blog***

This was a great story that I couldn't put down. I loved the way the story was told and it was an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. However when I had finished I still wanted more, I would have loved to of gotten more of their story of them together...but maybe im just greedy! This book was different to what I would normally read but enjoyable all the same and I hope the author gives us more Jake and Lucy i
Sarah Dale
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
⭐I was extremely lucky to receive an ARC copy of this book from the Author ⭐

This is my first read from this author and I went in blind not knowing a lot about the blurb etc and I certainly was not disappointed. This is a really great emotional second chance romance. That's written in the present and goes back to the past for the back story.

Lucy and Jake meet in Spain whilst taking some time out. Lucy is just expecting some fun and when Jake arrives it completely throws her off with the chemistry
Candy Box
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes all you need is a second chance.
Lucy is a very reserved young lady looking for some fun while on holiday. Little did she know throwing up on Mr. Hottie would leave her panties melting and her heart throbbing after the events took place. The connect Jake and Lucy have is undeniable until the unthinkable happens and several years down the road makes it or breaks it.

I loved this book. It starts out pretty slow but the plot is solid and I was actually able to connect and relate to the char
Louise White
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

The storyline is a sweet new adult read of first love whilst having a summer of fun in Spain. Lucy is in Spain for the summer, working for a night club and having fun. Her room mate, Fran, is all about having fun, drinking and getting laid, and trying to corrupt Lucy. Especially when she finds out how innocent Lucy is.

The story flashes back and forth between the past and present as Lucy reflects over meeting the love of her life whilst out i
BB Belle
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-reviews, arcs
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I quite enjoyed this book.
The books starts with the past.
Lucy is working abroad for the summer when she meets the hot sexy Jake. Although their relationship was short it was intense.
Now its ten years later, and Lucy comes face to face with Jake at her friends wedding.
It was nice knowing the back ground of this couple, but i felt that ten years was just a bit much. Although this book was well written and the two man characters were to
Linda Field
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title - Since You've Been Gone
Author - Steph M Phillips

This is a truly beautiful holiday romance, that breaks your heart but soon amends it again.

This was a short story which I read within a few hours, it starts in the present before jumping into the past, most of the book is past tense until towards the end where it jumps between present and past. This fits so well with the story though.
It is written well and it draws you in, you can connect with the characters especially if you have had a hol
Linda Field
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title - Since You've Been Gone
Author - Steph M Phillips

This is a truly beautiful holiday romance, that breaks your heart but soon amends it again.

This was a short story which I read within a few hours, it starts in the present before jumping into the past, most of the book is past tense until towards the end where it jumps between present and past. This fits so well with the story though.
It is written well and it draws you in, you can connect with the characters especially if you have had a holi
Shannon Godwin
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very fast paced story that you will love! Jake & Lucy will have you rooting for them all the way through this book. It is a light hearted story. I really enjoyed this book because it was not filled with sex scenes, Very refreshing! The writing is great, but I do wish the book was longer. I really wanted to read more about Lucy and Jake.
Charley Moore
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not my usual read but was lucky enough to receive an arc in return for a review.

A good storyline and characters you could connect to and left you wanting to know more.

Some laugh out loud moments and for me a couple of tears as well

I'd recommend it if your in between series books or if your after a light read as I was after a few dark ones.
Amber - TBR Book Blog
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good second chance romance. Jake is an amazing sweetheart that Lucy has thought about for 10 years. You get to go from the past to present to find out what happened and how it affects Lucy and Jake in the present day. Good, sweet read!
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute second chance romance. It was a short read and focused more on the past then the present. I could definitely see this was one being longer with more details but I liked it overall!
Sara Oxton
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Since you’ve been gone by S.M. Phillips satisfying five-star read. What can I say without spoiling the plot. Lucy Love has always spent time with her best friend Hannah they do everything together. Until Lucy decided instead of going to University together she is going to follow her dreams and go and spend a summer of a lifetime, making memories and creating a life for herself. This story is told as Lucy is now, and then we dip back to the summer 10 years ago, and see what happened to make her t ...more
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S.M Phillips is a fun loving mum from Manchester. When she’s not busy writing, you’ll most likely find her head buried deep inside her kindle with a cup of coffee in hand. Talk to her when she’s reading and things could get pretty colourful, pretty fast, just ask her Hubby.
She is a lover of chocolate, especially if it has peanut butter inside and loves a good cocktail or two. She often wonders if