Series: Jake #2
on March 30th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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ÔÇ£A different side to the story: JakeÔÇÖs side.
ÔÇ£WeÔÇÖre getting a new roommate,ÔÇØ they said.
I thought nothing of it...until she walked in the door. Her hand trembled in mine as she looked at me with fearful eyes. My entire world spun on its axis.
It was a mismatch made in heaven: innocent girl from the boonies moves in with tattooed, pierced, badboy engineer.
I came up with a bet, a plan to tutor her in math and coach her through her phobias. What I wasnÔÇÖt betting on was becoming addicted to her.
But I was living a double life on weekends, and once she found out about it, sheÔÇÖd be gone.
I had to protect myself and that meant one thing: I couldnÔÇÖt fall in love.
This book takes us from the beginning to well past where Jake Undone ended.┬á You get to follow JakeÔÇÖs thinking, rationalization, and feel his acute struggle to do what is right. As the fortune cookie says, ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.ÔÇØ I felt the same way when reading the book. I thought I could put the book down, but as the story unfolded, I couldnÔÇÖt resist!
We learn more about JakeÔÇÖs ex-wife, Ivy. I waffled back and forth between feeling extreme sadness for a woman who suffers from such a debilitating illness with moments of clarity and ultimate frustration for a family that is still caged in to the past. True, Jake was able to get a divorce so he and Nina were able to marry, but he is the primary caregiver for his ex-wife. Could you imagine being in either Jake or NinaÔÇÖs shoes? Feelings of obligation, friendship, guilt, sadness, resentmentÔÇªthey hit every single Saturday. And for Ivy when she is lucid enough to remember? Your heart breaks at the unfairness of it all.
And if you didnÔÇÖt already love Jake, this novel will tug at your heartstrings just a little more. When you get the full blast of his love and devotion for Nina, youÔÇÖll melt. The mix of hot alpha male and tender sweetnessÔÇªyou get the best of both character traits. HeÔÇÖll make you love elevators, if you didnÔÇÖt already (wink, wink). If itÔÇÖs been a while since you read Jake Undone, re-read it before diving into this novel.
Five plus stars for a POV written and in such a manner to clarify and expand upon an already beautifully heartbreaking tale. I now understand why Jake came undone.
~Review by Loredana
(Previously posted on TBE)