Jessica Channing’s big city life should be more exciting than sixty-hour work weeks and popcorn nights with her girlfriends, but it’s not. She has worked hard fulfilling her role as a child prodigy and graduating college years before her peers. She’s the good girl, the brilliant girl.
Unfortunately, she’s also the dateless young woman.
That all changes with one phone call. Jess’s rigid, predictable life upends when she must visit a small, obscure town to deal with a relative’s death. This isn’t just any little speck of a town, though. Long lost memories come crashing down on Jess’s world when two men, the Blackard brothers, seem to lure her in.
Dylan is cover model handsome, and pursues Jess the minute she comes to town. Then there is tall, dark and gorgeous Carson, who hides his own secrets behind his hardened reserve.
For someone who has been governed by her own obsessive behaviors and fears, Jess lets her guard down and jumps at the opportunity to have an affair with a man she actually finds attractive for a change.
There’s just one problem. Jess discovers that she can’t have a simple romantic fling because true passion does indeed come with some very big strings attached to it. She will have to own up to her own truths about love and face the two extraordinary men; both troubled in their own ways and both determined to have her.
This novel contains graphic sexual content and strong language. It is intended for mature readers
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was such a fun, smooth, easy read. If you are looking for something funny and romantic with an interesting love triangle, you will absolutely love this book.
For me, this was definitely a new kind of romance novel. It’s not every day I read a story about a beautiful prodigy who has no real “street smarts.” Jess graduated college way before her peers and can solve any problem having to do with things such as quadratic equations and debugging codes, but when it comes to emotions and love, she is about as dumb as they come.
With one phone call that changes her life forever, Jess finds herself moving into her deceased Aunt’s house in the unfamiliar small town of Hera. Upon her arrival, she is re-introduced to two men that she briefly knew when they were children. Now all grown-up, she finds herself attracted to both men in different ways. This is a first for her and she doesn’t really know how to handle it. One is more reachable and seems like more of the fun time she’s been looking for, and the other seems to be disgusted by her. So, her choice is obvious, right? But maybe her choice was too hasty…
That brings us to Carson and Dylan. These two are quite the duo. Brothers who are so very VERY different. Dylan is a bit wilder and more outgoing than Carson. He is more tangible and extremely sweet while Carson is reserved and “moody.” However, we find that Carson has had a huge weight on his shoulders and is actually not as moody as initially thought. He is just as sweet as Dylan and also very loyal. Loyal to the point that it is disadvantageous to him. When he should have spoken up about his feelings, he kept quiet for his brother’s sake. Also, when he should have let his brother fix his own mistakes, he tries to fix them for him. I understood why, but it was just a tad frustrating. I was also a bit annoyed with Dylan’s actions. I mean, he knew how his brother felt about Jess, yet he still pursued her. To me, it didn’t matter that he had issues. That was just plain messed up.
I had mixed feelings about Jess. She obviously has a lot of growing up to do. She graduated high school when she was fourteen, Columbia when she was seventeen and then got her masters from M.I.T. at the age of nineteen! That’s a lot to accomplish at such a young age and I can see how it would affect her developmentally on some things.
“…sometimes I still feel like I’m in high school and I haven’t caught up with everyone else. Occasionally, I feel like the little duckling trailing behind, afraid to cross the road with the other, bigger ducks.”
So, I understood her on some level, however she ticked me off when she started leading Carson on. And then to top it off she was so wishy-washy and self-absorbed. It irritates me to high heaven when a character only thinks about themselves for the majority of the book. It just seemed that with every bad decision she makes, she only sees how it affects her and not anyone else. Does she regret some of her choices? Yes, she does, but then something else comes up and she’s back to being the same selfish girl. I got a little tired of it. Thankfully, by the end of the book, she grows considerably and I was extremely happy with how everything played out.
This is a story of a young woman finding herself, learning about life, and overcoming challenges life throws your way. I loved how the book progressed and nothing felt rushed. Any question that I could think of while reading was answered by the end of the book. Honestly, I did not want this book to end. The characters were unique and entertaining and I just fell in love with Hera. I have a feeling you will too.