He was the high school hottie. She was the teacher’s pet. But in private, none of that mattered…
At the tender age of six, Penelope Watkins fell for her best friend’s brother, Evan Donovan, future hunk. By the time they were teenagers, they were having heart-to-hearts…and hot and heavy top secret make-out sessions. All that changed when Evan’s father suddenly died. Abruptly, Penelope lost him to grief—and to his true love: football. But now an injury had ended Evan’s NFL career. The notorious bad boy was in a depression no one could penetrate, except maybe the one woman who still knew him best—and still wanted him most…
Penelope is the last person Evan wants to witness the wreck he’s become. So when she shows up at his door he’s less than welcoming—even though the sight of her brings back the same old rush of desire. As a teenager, the emotions overwhelmed him. Now, when he wanted to be overwhelmed, Penelope wasn’t playing. She was telling the golden boy it was time to man up. It may have taken a concussion for Evan to realize it, but that’s exactly what he wants to do—starting with her…
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of the book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Another Disclaimer: While this is the 4th book in the Something New Series, it can definitely be read as a standalone.
I first encountered Jennifer Dawson in The Name of The Game, a romantic comedy that definitely took my breath away – James and Gracie were not only awesome, but they definitely took my breath away – and the little sneak peak at the end of the book was enough to get me excited for this one!
Evan is a class-A jerk, like really. There is no two words about it – especially at the start of the book. He is a man used to being at the center of attention, so when a serious injury puts him out of commission, it just destroys him. He goes into hibernation and absolutely looses it – for he believes that he is nothing without football in his life.
But it is Penelope who gets him to face reality – a woman who has been in his life since childhood, but a woman he has ignored (and who has ignored him right back) almost all of his adult life. And that is the last thing he ever wanted.
Penelope is a clear headed, logical woman who has kept her distance from Evan all these years, but the fact that he and his family are hurting, made her do the thing she had promised herself never to do, be in the same room as Evan, alone.
This is a second chance romance, so I had gone in with an expectation of quite a doozy of mistakes and a lot of angst – and boy was I provided with it!
Evan, at first glance comes off as a jerk with absolutely no redeeming qualities, really – so it became a little hard to like him, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t sympathize with him (can you imagine my problem, there!). But it didn’t take long for Evan to actually understand and learn from his mistakes, and that made him endearing to me. I loved how, when he made the decision to go after Penelope,
Penelope is a logical, calm and definitely together woman, who has been in love with Evan for a really long time, since childhood. But his crass and thoughtless attitude towards her, pretty much cured her of any temptation of being with him.
Can I just say, how much pain I was in, when I realized how beautiful their love was and how easily they let go of it?? Yes, they were young, yes they were scared, but damn if the people around them didn’t give them too much credit! There were times I literally wanted to kill Shane (he was the douchiest of them all!) but James, my lovely James, definitely bought them both back on track – there is a reason why he is still my favorite, you know? 😛
There is a lot of drama in the book, and not all of it, between Evan and Penelope, which is exactly where the focus should have been, but it isn’t that much of irritant – I loved going back t the characters in this series and honestly, so will you – they are as amazing as they were the first time and I am really sad that they won’t have any more books, but I will definitely visit them again, for they are worth re-reads! ❤
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