- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Inspire Magic (April 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1945042028
- ISBN-13: 978-1945042027
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 152 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I LOVED this book! It's a fresh take on a classic romance trope, with real and believable characters, that have endearing flaws and quirks making them so very relatable. I couldn't put it down, and I bet you won't be able to, either."- New York Times Bestselling Author, Jasinda Wilder
"Jenn really upped her game with this one. I bloody loved it!" - New York Times Bestselling Author, Samantha Towle
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This story has a very slow start. When Jules and Cal meet, they are in a hotel and it's an insta-lust thing, although they don't act on that. They spend the next two days together and then go home to their separate coasts. For me, this is when the book became more intriguing.
Both Cal and Jules are very up front about their careers absolutely come first. There is nothing that comes in between them and their jobs. So for them to even pursue a relationship when neither will want to leave their careers isn't very smart...thus the title of the book. Sometimes the heart doesn't go along with the brain.
I enjoyed the two of them together. They were easy together...but those times are few and far between. In the meantime, they text...a lot. There are a lot of really cute moments and for a while there I thought this author was going to do the unforgivable in romance...not have a happy ending. (Hey, I've never read her books before and that has been known to happen with other popular authors.)
The narrators for this book were absolutely fabulous. It's split between a male/female narrator based on the pov of the chapter. Both of them rocked all the voices. Really, one of the best female/male narration combo I've ever heard (usually one of them doesn't work for me when they are doing the opposite sex's voices)...I loved both of these.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The writing is smooth and I would definitely read another by the author...I'm kind of hoping she'll choose to write one of the characters best friends. Both of them are great characters. Her girlfriend is a lawyer/party girl which is an interesting combo. His bff is a gay guy which is unusual for the hero's bf in a m/f story...I liked that. I'd love for them both to get stories.
Jules meets Cal in the hotel bar. I know what you’re thinking. Hotel bar means hook up, but for Cal and Jules it didn’t happen that way. Of course they were both thinking about it, but Jules isn’t that kind of girl after all. I love Jules. She’s smart and beyond funny. Cal is a good guy who is to focused on work to worry about women. Especially one that’s going to make him fall ass over feet in love (only a Jenn Sterling would make me think ass over feet and not head over heels). But in the end, Cal hurts Jules in the one way she knew he would.
Jenn Sterling’s stories seem to always suck me in right from the start. This book was no different. This book is raw and emotional. At one point I wished Cal was a real person so I could kick him in the balls. Nevertheless, in the end, Cal was the man I knew he could be. I loved this book and was actually very sad when it ended. I want more Jules and Cal and you will too!
About three quarters of the way through the book, Cal decides that the relationship isn't going to go anywhere so he decides to end it in a way that doesn't fit what we learn about him; he stops all contact.
Starting at disappearing act, J Sterling spends the next four chapters in Jules' head. After the second chapter of that, I fast forwarded to chicken s***. I could tell from the chapter titles that he was going to do everything he could do to win her back so I changed my mind and went straight to the epilogue.
In reading the epilogue, I found I was right. I had read in a review that Jules didn't take Cal back easily and that was verified in the epilogue.
That being said, J. Sterling is truly a great author! The places she talks about, like in Sandy Lynn's books, are real places. I live in Los Angeles and Moonshadow's is a really great restaurant. (So are Gladstone's for fish and Dukes which are nearby restaurants that serve the same type of food.)
If this is the first book that you've read from this author, don't let the predictability of it dissuade you! In Dreams is excellent! That, chance encounters and the seeing stars series were some of my favorite books!
Jules reacted to the situations she was put in the exact same way that I would have. They way she would analyze and justify situations and convince herself everything would work and that she had been over-thinking everything and that things were 'fine'.
Cal says that being away from Jules causes his heart to physically hurt. The prose in this novel took my breath away at times and if I was reading it instead of listening to it on audio I would have passage upon passage highlighted.
I was listening to this story as I was filing at work, and when something would interrupt me, it was like they were pulling me out of a hazy book fog, because I was so immersed in the story and I had to shake it off to remember I was still at work. Between J. Sterling and the narrators the story truly came to life for me.
This was an epic story that starts with a chance meeting with a man who lives on the other of the country. Will they move past the distance and meet in the middle?
I loved this book and the whole storyline and characters! They were both such strong characters, along with the side characters. The storyline was solid, amazing and told SO well. I felt everything for both of them, and totally get the title of the book.
READ this. Trust me, the blurb didn't quite catch my eye, which is what I think stopped me so many times from reading it; but it is SO WORTH it! Great job J Sterling! On to the next! ❤❤❤