Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review: Cross My Heart by Katie Klein

True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Jaden pretending not to notice. . . .

Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past-a reputation-and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there's no reason why, when they're assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn't be falling in love.

As they bond over Edith Wharton's tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the "bad boy" vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own "good girl" image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype.

Still, Jaden can't shake the feeling that there's more to Parker than he's letting on. He's hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she's grown to love with the person he really is. Because it's possible that his life inside the classroom-everything Jaden knows-is one, massive lie.

First off, let me say don't give up on this book. A little over half way through the story I was convinced I would not be giving it a very positive review. The major plot twist not only saved the book for me, but changed the very things about the story that bothered me up until that point. I thought it was going to end up being just another one of your typical good girl falls for bad boy, good girl saves bad boy, love conquers all. Boy was I wrong! It is extremely rare for a book to surprise me, but I have to admit...I never saw that coming!!! The big OMG moment not only changed my opinion of the book, but caused me to go back and re-read it; loving it even more the second time around. What starts off as an overdone "opposites attract" love story turns into a unique coming of age tale of romance and self discovery. I'm looking forward to reading future books by Ms. Klein.

Other books you may like:

Unlovable (Port Fare Series, #1)Flat-Out LoveOverprotected

Unlovable by Sherry Gammon
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

1 comment:

  1. I liked this book too. Stories where people fight but end up liking each other are interesting. Plus finding out about Parker was a cool surprise.