This was supposed to be one of those “I’ll just take a tinsy peak at the beginning and then...” books, but I ended up devouring the entire thing in no time. True, this is a novella, but I got caught up in this character driven second chance at love romance and wanted more even when the words “The End” popped up on my ereader.
I was totally Team Jessica from start to finish. She may have been THE mean girl in high school, but people change and she has. Life didn’t turn out the way she expected and she’s come to terms with most of it. I loved her honesty about herself and the insecurities that drove her to be that person in high school and how they are currently affecting her in a totally different way. It took a bit of time for me to warm up to Jake. I understood why he felt the way he did, and felt the need to do what he did, I did, but at the same time no real man would do that in my book. But does he redeem himself? He does and it teaches a valuable lesson about forgiveness and redemption.
As this is a novella, things progress quickly between Jessica and Jake (confession and slight tangent: the name totally makes me think of Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles and makes me happy sigh) but Ms. Robert manages to put a lot of heart into their reunion and gives you a well rounded look at who these two used to be together and who they could be if they can let the past go.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from NYT Bestselling Author Katee Robert.
Jake Davis had it all in high school—a scholarship to his college of choice, a promising football career, and the gorgeous prom queen for a girlfriend. And then he lost it all when he was injured right after graduation. Ten years later, he’s mostly made his peace with that, and now runs a company that provides women with dates for special events. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that the ex who left him in the dust needs a fake boyfriend for their high school reunion…
Jessica Jackson used to be the mean girl to end all mean girls. But life didn’t turn out like she’d thought it would, and now she’s twenty-eight, single, and works as an insurance agent to A-listers instead of being the A-lister like she’d always dreamed. She can’t go back to her home town and admit just how thoroughly she’s failed, so she lets her friends set her up with a fake date for the reunion.
The second Jessica realizes that her fake date is Jake, she tries to call the whole thing off. The problem is the chemistry between them is even hotter now than it was when they were teenagers. Against her better judgment she lets herself get drawn into Jake’s arms again—and into his bed. But time doesn’t heal all wounds—sometimes, it actually makes them worse—and if Jessica and Jake can’t learn to forgive each other, their second chance might not last the weekend.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension." When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.