They say opposites attract. For Jack and Amelie, that statement is about as close to the truth as it gets.
She runs from anything that so much smells like love. And, well, as for Jack, he's always been a fan of the chase. Especially where she's concerned.
Which is exactly what happens when he proposes... to accompany her on a cross-country road trip.
A bet is made. True to form, Jack puts everything on the table—while Amelie keeps her cards tucked close to her heart.
The question remaining when it all shakes out—is whether it's possible they can both win?
Will a road trip across the country finally teach them to meet in the middle? Or simply drive them further apart?
This is the continuation of a love story that (like many) was never really over.
Jack and Amelie meet each other again after a couple of years and once again Jack is ready to chase her. Amelie as usual is ready to run, but there's a lot going on in her life without Jack anyway. Her life has taken a downhill especially when she messes up something at her work and somehow she's now tangled in a mess that she won't get away from easily. Still, would she be ready to throw herself back into Jack's arms for the rest of her life? Will Jack be willing to wait for her, even though he knows that they want very different things from life? Will they ever get their HEA?
I thought about how badly I'd wanted it to work with her. I thought about how I'd always wanted ir to work out for us. Yet it never had- and inevitably, no matter how hard the two of us had tried- we never could get it right. I realized then that sometimes love is like that. It's unpredictable at best- and tough to swallow at worst.
Sometimes it's better to leave a standalone as a standalone. Not every success needs a sequel and I'm telling this with all my heart. I've read sequels from books that were supposed to be standalones at first. They can rarely work, but usually the second book doesn't come out as good as the first one. And maybe this one was good for some people, but for me it wasn't.
I had loved so much Somewhere With You, even though I also had some issues back then, still I ignored them, because I had really enjoyed it. This one made me feel disappointed almost right from the start.
The thing is when you wait for a sequel, you expect to see the couple along the way of their relationship -of course with some ups and downs, but still fighting for what they have etc. You don't expect to see the reunited couple from the ending of book1 , him running away from her without a notice at the beginning of book2!! I was so confused I had to run back to the ending of the first book and see if it had ended like that back then and I just couldn't remember that. Why are you ruining my happy ending, Mrs. King?
I also didn't like the fact that they were both people in their 30s and still acting like immature beings, who didn't know what they wanted. I still didn't like the fact that they were cheating again on others with each other and I didn't like that throughout the book we didn't see them working as a couple. In fact, I was just certain that they wouldn't have a HEA.
And why did I think that? (view spoiler)[Because until around 95% they weren't together. When it comes to unexpected sequels, you want to see a couple growing up and working together, not see them at the last 5% in a very rushed way speaking about it. While until 90% they were both with different mates and not just that, but Jack left her again when he found out that he was a daddy. This had also happened at book1, I mean wtf?? The same stuff recycled? No, just no! And let's not talk about what made them seperate with their mates.. (hide spoiler)]
At some point, I didn't care whether they would end up together or not. And I would be okay with them finding their HEA in a different person, because the whole book didn't make me invest on them and I'm sad to say that, because I had really loved them in book1.
However, just because this was a miss for me, doesn't mean it will be for everyone. I do believe that some people can like this one, because it's not unicorns and rainbows and somehow reflects on real life and how sometimes timing is everything and love may need more than just a second chance. And because I'm a person who likes to give chances, I'm definitely going to read more by this author.
ARC was kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
Britney King writes modern love stories for mature audiences. She is the author of six novels, several of which have been featured on various bestseller lists, and is currently at work on number seven.
She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, five children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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