I have a feeling I’ll be thinking back on this book for a few days.
What’s it About?
Clare Davis hates everything about L.A. Well, almost everything… Accustomed to a small town life in Nebraska, Clare is miserable in her new role as manager of an L.A. bookstore. She yearns to return to the simple life on her family’s farm. That is until she literally runs into up-and-coming movie star Dylan Barnes.
Dylan resents the Hollywood limelight. Awaiting the premiere of his first feature film, it would be nice to meet someone real—just not someone who rear-ends his BMW with her oversized truck. Dylan is instantly attracted to Clare and her Midwestern charm. And as he shows her the wonders of California, Clare can’t resist falling in love with the Golden State and its newest star.
From West Coast to East, friendship and love are equally complicated… On the East Coast, Dylan’s childhood friend, Alex Popovich, loves his carefree life as a minor league ballplayer. He’s the man-whore of Brooklyn, playing the field in more ways than one. So when real feelings for his best friend erupt, Alex isn’t interested.
A gorgeous ballroom dancer-slash-office worker, Jenna Stecco wants her best friend, Alex, to take a leap from friends to more. Busy having one night stands, Alex is quick to let Jenna go, telling her it’s time to give up lost hopes and move on with life. Complicated turns full on crazy with a tangled love square…
When Dylan returns to New York City, he meets up with Alex and is introduced to the stunning Jenna. Believing Clare is unavailable and Alex isn’t interested, Dylan and Jenna share a night of passion and embark on a long-distance relationship. Everyone is thrown by this love square, as Dylan, Jenna, Alex, and Clare struggle with their feelings for each other. When Jenna reveals a secret that will change their lives, all hell breaks loose. As the love square crumbles, the four friends must find a way to rebuild or risk losing love forever.
This definitely isn’t your average romance novel. I know I’ve joked before with other novels which expand on the concept of the love triangle to include more people, but this one acknowledges it right away in the title. I must say, I love the uniqueness of it. We are essentially presented with two separate couples who are engaged in relationships of friendship rather than romance. However, with both sets of people it is blatantly obvious that there are underpinnings of deeper emotions at play which go beyond basic friendship. But what happens when these two sets from opposite ends of the country come together, and two of them choose to start a sexual relationship? Turns out, a lot of freakin’ drama!
Alright, let’s take a look at what are basically our couples, even though they just want to be friends. The first is Dylan and Clare, and I’d have to say they were probably my favorite of the bunch. They are both just so darn sweet, personable and down to earth that you can’t help but love the two of them together. Unfortunately, Clare is kind of involved with a cowboy back home in Nebraska, which is why Dylan never makes a move to take things further. I guess technically, that makes this love square a love pentagon.
The second couple consists of Alex and Jenna, and it’s definitely understandable why these two choose to just remain friends. Alex is a self-proclaimed player, and is afraid that if he admits deeper feelings for Jenna he’ll eventually screw things up and she’ll leave him. For both couples, they’d rather have the other person in their life as a friend than not at all. And then Dylan meets Jenna…
This book truly becomes a love square when Dylan travels to New York City to meet up with his buddy Alex, and subsequently hooks up with Jenna. In a way, the whole novel is sort of a combination of missed opportunities. It is always when one person is about to confess their true feelings for the other that something goes wrong…or they sleep with someone else.
Not gonna lie, kind of frustrating. After Alex and Jenna share a moment of deep connection, he gets spooked and runs into the arms of another woman. Hence, Jenna decides to have some fun with the visiting Dylan. As for Dylan, he’s on the verge of confessing his true feelings of infatuation to Clare, but when she travels home to Nebraska to visit with her fiancé Lucas, he welcomes Jenna into his life as a convenient distraction.
So essentially we have a group of adults who are too afraid to have an actual conversation with their love interest. Mkay, I get it. Talking about how someone else gives you all the warm and fuzzies can be intimidating. But then when you combine this with the fact that Clare went to Nebraska to end things with Lucas, but never reveals this to Dylan, and she continues to let him believe that she’s engaged and happily involved with another man?! Well, honestly it was almost one frustration too many for me.
And then we are presented with the twist. Throughout the whole book you are questioning how everything will come together, and who will end up with whom. Just when you think you’ve got things figured out, there’s this twist at the end that’ll definitely throw you for a loop. Now, I can’t really say I cared for this twist, but my hat’s off to the author for keeping me guessing throughout, and eventually surprising me with an unexpected conclusion.
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Should you read it? I honestly don’t know how to feel about this one, which is why I’ll be thinking on it for a while. It’s absolutely unique, and will definitely hold your interest in spite of the sometimes frustrating actions of the characters. That being said, the twist at the end wasn’t my fav, and the response of the characters to this twist was kind of strange.
Smut Level: There is definitely some sex, but the scenes usually cut away before things get too detailed. However, with this many people denying their true feelings for one another, there’s bound to be some excessive sexual tension at play.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. Limitless Publishing LLC. 313 Pages.