- File Size: 1801 KB
- Print Length: 171 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: TKA Distribution (June 23, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FENIZD6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Can't Get Over You (Fortune's Island, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Jillian and Zach have known each other since grade school, dated for years and even got engaged, but Jillian ends the relationship because she feels second fiddle to Zach's music aspirations. She doesn't feel he is ready for a marriage commitment and shows no sign putting her and their future ahead of his desire to make it as a recording star with the rest of his band members. Zach soon discovers he has pretty much taken their relationship for granted and sets out to win Jillian back.
For the small amount of pages of this book, Shirley Jump puts together a nice tidy little package which keeps you reading and interested, but I just wish these books were longer in length to make it a really great, satisfying book.
*I received a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*
I also struggled a bit with the characters. On paper, I’d be firmly on Jillian’s side with the way their relationship fell apart and the fact that Zach didn’t react much for three months, but… well, it’s not that I found Jillian unlikable, but there wasn’t much to like about her either. She complains that Zach shut her out of his music towards the end of their relationship, yet she never told anyone about her own. She tells Zach he needs to grow up, but even though she works, it’s for her parents, and she has no real ambition for the future, even if she is sort of going to college.
Zach was the opposite, I found him so very easy to like, even though he does need to grow up a bit and sort out his issues, and I had no idea how on earth he was ever going to resolve that big secret he’d been keeping for so long. But I liked him. He’s affable and talented and sweet and clearly loves Jillian to distraction.
Jillian’s feelings I was less certain of. She’s clearly attracted to Zach, but doesn’t want to be, and her dating didn’t help. Because I liked Zach, and this is clearly a romance between her and Zach, I was always waiting for something to go wrong with Ethan, or for him to turn out to be an axe murderer or something. The set up of the story stopped me from ever liking the man and I just resented him – and by extension Jillian – for that whole side plot.
Which isn’t ideal, but I think the thing that stopped me from really enjoying this book is that Jillian and Zach don’t change much. There’s no real development of their characters, there’s no planning for the future. By the end of the book they’re really not all that different from at the start, and despite a few cheesy twists here and there, I was left feeling a little deflated by the romance. Yes, I wanted them to get back together (because I liked Zach), but I wanted them to grow, for their relationship to advance – for something to happen! Instead I got a fairly sweet tale about a man trying to win back the love of his life, with added love for music thrown in.
It’s a quick, easy enough read, but I would have liked a little more depth, a little more development and at least one last dance to that iconic song.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Jillian Matheson and her ex-fiancé Zach Gifford were together for eight years before she ceremoniously left her engagement ring on top of his amp three months ago. She was tired of taking a back seat to his music career and waiting to set a wedding date. And when he didn't work really hard to get her back, Jillian was ready to move on with her life.
I really liked both Jillian and Zach. He's a guitarist with a local band playing at The Love Shack, a popular beach restaurant there on Fortune's Island, owned by Jillian's parents. She's a waitress there so throughout their separation, they've never been too far apart physically. I also liked how, though Zach may have been the one most slacking, both of them bore responsibility for their failed relationship. Their pain, along with their hopes, fears and dreams were very well illustrated, making them seem real and like people I'd want to know better.
I enjoyed their introspective journey back to each other and the insights they gained in doing so. The story was a bit repetitive at times but overall was interesting. I also liked the music industry aspects, particularly how their songwriting developed. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, hopefully about Jillian's brother, Carter's. 3.5 stars
(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)