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“He’s a candle throwing faint light… and Nate’s the sun – eclipsing everything else, pulling me into his orbit” …. Gah! Swoon ….
This is a forbidden love kind of book. Phoebe has been in love with her big brother’s best friend since she was five years old. After years of making horrible attempts and failing at seducing him she is ready to let him go and move on with her life. But of course Nate is like a ghost in her past that won’t go away. Nate came back into her life like a hero that is protecting her whether she needs it or not.
“I want you safe. I don’t really give a s*** if that makes you unhappy.”
Phoebe is a little bit hard-headed with a “I don’t need you” and “I’m totally over you” kind of attitude “Well, if we’re finished here I need to go schedule a prefrontal lobotomy to scrub this encounter from my memories…” LOL you will find that some of the banters are pretty funny. Phoebe does not need Nate brooding over her and telling her what to do. She can’t help but get herself in trouble though. I enjoyed a little action and drama – kept me intrigued until the end.
The story started out slow but about 20% into the book Nate made an appearance at full force. Nate knows one thing – Phoebe is off the table. Nate is all alpha male. He is dark and strong after years working in the special forces. He only wants to protect her - so he kept telling himself J But can Nate resist Phoebe knowing she is forbidden or will they cross the line?
“Maybe I’d rather live in the wreckage with you for while than fake a fairy tale with someone else forever.”
Cross the line is a standalone, contemporary romance. It has a little bit of action, a little bit of comedy, and a little bit of love. The several missed attempts at “going all the way” between Nate and Phoebe is pretty funny but frustrating and probably will drive you freaking insane :) - so have fun with that :)) LOL
I love Julie Johnson’s writing style – funny and witty. This is a lighthearted read. A sweet, feel good kind of book that I guarantee will make you laugh and swoon.
“…you and I mated for life about a million years ago, little bird. Without you, there’s no music. No love. No life.”
1. Phoebe has EXACTLY the same voice (and ditzy internal thought processes) as Gemma in Book 1. The only difference is their names...
2. Phoebe graduated top of her class from MIT?? This would indicate that she is smart: no. She is not smart at all in any aspects of her life: she makes terrible decisions, seems amazingly ignorant and doesn't sound like an educated person at all!
3. Most of the book takes place in Phoebe's head -- not interesting or amusing or anything.
4. Phoebe is obsessed with fashion and shoes are constantly mentioned: enough already! Once in a while would have been fine but there is such an obsession with wearing 5-6 inch heels no matter where she is (even hanging out at home????) that I debated starting a drinking game based on the number of times shoes were mentioned. Oy.
5. Nate is like a caveman and does a lot of grunting and such in the beginning. Annoying.
6. The main thing keeping Phoebe and Nate apart just dissolves with no indication as to why it was a problem in the first place and yet we are to believe that it kept them apart for TEN years? Huh?
7. There are all sorts of cute names for people. "Little Bird" is NOT cute. And Nate repeats it every two seconds. Overkill. Btw, her brother Parker calls her Sweet P every few seconds too. An editor might have been a good idea...
I could go on but you get the idea. I skimmed pages and pages, most of them in Phoebe's uninteresting head. It was a relief to get to the end of this one. I won't be reading others by this author.
Loving Phoebe is so easy. She's sassy and spirited. She loves deeply and unfailingly. I loved how she was with her friends and her attitude. I would want to be her best friend. She's witty too. One of my favorite things about her and this book was reading her thoughts on everything under the sun that could be found at the beginning of every chapter. It's like she could read my mind! Like I've said before Phoebe loves deeply. She's sensitive but strong. I really love how she rose to the challenges she was faced with in this book, whether it was dealing with her feelings for Nate/Knox or everything else that happened.
Trust me, it was no hardship loving Nate either. He stole Phoebe's heart from their very first meeting, and mine too. I like Phoebe, loved him in all his avatars whether as Nate, her brother's best friend, or as Knox, the hardened soldier who had secrets and storms in his eyes. Nate is honorable and driven. He has the same determination that Phoebe does, but he's using it to stay away from Phoebe for unknown reasons. Knox was open in his concern for Phoebe, but it was never quite clear if he had any romantic feelings for her.
The book is told entirely from Phoebe's point of view. While it does help maintain the air of mystery around Nate, it also hides what he's thinking and feeling. I must say in his defense, his actions certainly spoke loudly as to what was going on in the inside, even if they confused Phoebe to no end. I will also say the tension present between Phoebe and Nate was electrical. It was like they lit something in the other and when they finally stopped fighting their feelings, it was a magnificent conflagration. I can't tell you how much I wanted Phoebe and Nate to be together. I understood Nate's reasons as to why it could never be, but that didn't mean I didn't think they could and should be overcome.
I absolutely love how characters from the first Boston Love book, Not You It's Me, made an appearance. The two books are set in the same world but can be read as stand alone novels. I loved seeing Gemma and Chase again. It made me happy to see them so happy. I also loved seeing another Easter Egg Julie included, alluding to one of her other wonderful books, Erasing Faith. I also really loved seeing Phoebe and Gemma's friendship grow.
This book is truly a masterpiece. I can't tell you how many times I giggled, chucked, laughed, and even guffawed. There were some really tense moments too, where I was on edge and holding my breath because I was worried about what was happening in the story and eager to find out what would happen next. There were also moments where I had tears in my eyes as I experienced and lived what Phoebe and Nate were living. Truly, reading this book was a mental and physical experience. I can't say enough about how wonderful it was. Julie Johnson really outdid herself this time. While I hope there are more stories in the Boston Love series, I know regardless of Julie Johnson writes, I will be reading it.