Elizabeth White needs to move on from a very, very bad breakup. A breakup so bad her ex is now married to her sister. Her roommate convinces her the best thing to do is just get back on the dating horse and forget about that ex. Desperate to forget about the situation she agrees to go out and look for a hook up to help her move on.
Jake MacDonald is in a new place and feeling a little lost. His ex has left him and their four-year old daughter for more glitz and glamour. He is getting ready to start a new job and decides to let his sister talk him into going out for the night. When he arrives at the bar he sees Beth and something about her calls to him. After a while of talking they leave together and share one awesome night.
Though neither of them is looking for something long-term, both felt the strong connection. When Jake wakes up the next morning he is ready for more, ready until Beth’s witch of a roommate drives him off with a few careless comments. Beth wakes up also wanting more but is disappointed to find out Jake has left her with only a note and a thanks for the good time. After pulling herself out of bed she also realizes he has left his wallet and quickly learns that he is her new colleague at work.
As things happen, not only is he her new colleague but he has been assigned as her partner. Her career is very important to her and she doesn’t want to do anything to damage it and she is unsure how to navigate this new obstacle. The decision is taken out of her hands when Jake callously explains that he isn’t there for a relationship and has other priorities. Too bad he can’t seem to remember those other priorities and all he can think about is her naked.
“I’m sorry, I can’t do this,” he said, pacing the beach with marked agitation.
“Um, I didn’t ask you to,” I mentioned, feeling annoyance creep in amongst my unhappiness. This hot and cold thing he had going on needed to stop if I was going to retain any sense of sanity. “You kissed me, remember?”
Jake and Beth work at a TV station and I loved the idea of the reporter plot line. Beth is a go-getter and ready to start a long career but the way things all play out made for a very unhappy book. First Beth is given her roommates job which turns her roommate into a raging bitch. I wasn’t fond of her to begin with but then she just goes over the top with throwing Beth’s stuff on the lawn and slashing her tires. Talk about crazy. Of course, this just leads to Beth staying with Jake for the night.
I guess I had a couple of issues with the book. Everyone, except Jake and Beth, were portrayed as over the top emotional or evil. The roommate, the ex-fiancée, the sister, Beth’s parents supporting the marriage of her fiancée to her sister, Jake’s ex, some other work colleagues…everyone was so dramatic and so bad. I would say that Jake and Beth are the only likable characters but I didn’t even like Jake.
I thought he was divorced but then the plot twist of his ex coming back happens. She is all worked up because supposedly Beth is moving in on HER husband. Even though Jake had just got done sleeping with Beth and telling her he loved her, he let his ex (or current?) wife move in with him, for the sake of their daughter, of course. Jake pinballed all over the place between his ex, who he let sleep in bed, to Beth. I was not fond of the situation, at all.
Overall, there was too much drama and not enough focus on the main relationship for me to believe in the romance. By the end of the book I was over all of them and didn’t seem to care who ended up where. I liked the concept of the TV station and the reporter/cameraman relationship but all the excess stuff pulled me out of the story. Final grade- C-