I was enjoying this SO MUCH in the beginning, but it really unraveled for me. I loved the opposites attract vibe and the chemistry between these two was absolutely sizzling. But somewhere along the way, our heroine’s snarky banter just started to feel MEAN. And things did not improve after that. The first third was a very solid 5 stars, the middle was a decent 4 stars, and the ending dragged this down further.
The story follows Jackie, an unapologetically brash and loud woman. She’s a great artist but insecure about her talent, so she spends her days manning the family coffee shop. When Eddie, a khakis-wearing, straight-laced guy starts frequenting the coffee shop, it’s not love at first sight – for Jackie. Eddie is immediately taken by the wholly unique woman he meets, and he can’t help but come back for more of her snark. Eddie slowly gets Jackie to lower her defenses, and it’s not long before she’s falling for his steady love. But Eddie is keeping a secret, and it’s the kind that will change everything.
I LOVED the first book in this series and the second one was also very good, so I was excited to read this. And it started out so well. I loved Eddie throughout, despite his secrecy. I understood where he was coming from, and he made a really lovable hero. Jackie, well, Jackie was more difficult to love. That’s all intentional, but at some point her blunt rejections started to get to me. She was not very nice to Eddie, and he didn’t deserve that kind of treatment. I probably still would’ve considered a 4-star rating had things not spiraled so much in the aftermath of the Big Fight. It just extinguished any love I still had for Jackie, and there was no going back. This ended up being a pretty uneven read for me, but the beginning sparkled with such great banter and chemistry. I’m disappointed that I didn’t love the rest.
An endearingly irreverent love story.
To Jackie Ryan, insults are foreplay and love is war. What the feisty redhead lacks in stature, she makes up in attitude. She’s made more than one grown man cry and she’s damn proud of it. Little does the rowdy barista know she’s about to meet her match in the shape of a walking, talking pair of starched khakis.
When unassuming Eddie Jaworski stumbles into a quirky coffee shop, he isn’t expecting a battle of wits with the maniac behind the counter. Still, he can’t help be intrigued by the endearingly irreverent human enigma. She’s brash, but considerate. Closed off to most, but fiercely loyal to a few. Everything is a joke, except those things that are sacred. Jackie doesn’t trust easily and if he wants to get close, he’s going to have to work for every inch. Good thing he’s up for the challenge.
But Eddie has a secret—one he didn’t mean to keep—that’s going to tug at the delicate strings weaving the pair together. When everything begins to unravel, Jackie must decide just what she’s willing to risk for love.
Start the series with one of my top reads from 2019!
I was introduced to Kingston’s work with the first book in this series of interconnected standalones, So, That Got Weird – which ended up being one of my Top 19 of 2019 selections! It’s a sexy and intimate college romance that takes a tried and true trope and makes it better. I’ve been happily following along with this series because I love the author’s writing style, though none of the other books have quite lived up to the first one.
A painfully awkward love story.
Incomprehensibly awkward Elizabeth Wilde is desperate for love. Connection. Intimacy. After a lifetime of romantic failures, the twenty-one-year-old gamer realizes she needs help. Professional help. She needs…
A sex tutor.
The devastatingly hot jock Austin Jacobs is just the man for the job. As the reigning campus sex god, he has the playboy act down pat. But underneath those six-pack abs beats a broken heart. He doesn’t trust people and he sure as hell doesn’t believe in love.
The odd couple strike a deal. Four weeks of ‘tutoring’ for five thousand dollars.
When Austin coaxes Elizabeth out from behind her computer screen, the attraction they feel is undeniable. They’re both a little broken, but somehow their jagged edges fit. And when their world comes tumbling down on top of them, they each have to decide if this weird thing called love is worth fighting for.
Reader advisory: This book includes references to inadequate parenting, parental death, a parent with addiction. There are also scenes including the use of performance drugs.
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About the Author:
Amelia Kingston is many things, the most interesting of which are probably California girl, writer, traveler, and dog mom. She survives on chocolate, coffee, wine, and sarcasm. Not necessarily in that order.
She’s been blessed with a patient husband who’s embraced her nomad ways and traveled with her to over 30 countries across 5 continents (I’m coming for you next, Antarctica!). She’s also been cursed with an impatient (although admittedly adorable) terrier who pouts when her dinner is 5 minutes late.
She writes about strong, stubborn, flawed women and the men who can’t help but love them. Her irreverent books aim to be silly and fun with the occasional storm cloud to remind us to appreciate the sunny days. As a hopeless romantic, her favorite stories are the ones that remind us all that while love is rarely perfect, it’s always worth chasing.
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