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Ian was a 19 year old prodigy when he met Jessen, a 22 year old up and coming Norwegian rock star. The sparks are flying fast and hard when they meet and soon they're falling for each other, and Ian's giving Jessen his v-card, all while Jessen is on tour with his twin brother Mattias, but thinking of giving it all up to stay in Philadelphia with Ian. Then Ian wakes up one day with a note slipped under his door "I'm sorry."
Fast forward 7 years later and Ian's at a party being thrown by his boss and mentor, Siv. She wants to introduce him to someone and lo and behold it's Ian's long lost love, Jessen. Jessen is the same, but older, and now determined to have Ian again. Ian fights it for a little while, but not too hard and then it just ends. Literally just ends with no epilogue, nothing.
There are a few sex scenes in the flashbacks, and one in the present, and they're hot, definitely hot. In fact, they save this from a 1 star review. But, sex is never enough to make a story. And it's definitely not enough here. Sex, even hot sex, can only take a story so far. I feel like I was shorted emotionally, just as Ian had to have felt shorted. Jessen simply didn't do enough emotionally to make him worth Ian's forgiveness or his time. And the emotional aspect wasn't detailed enough for me to believe it, to believe that they truly loved each other and were bound for future happiness.
Sigh...I wanted to love this because hello, rockstar! And MM! And I loved Xio's Camden so I know how well she can write. But, Fast Forward just wasn't fleshed out well enough for me. Nowhere was there an explanation for Jessen's abandonment of Ian. All there was was lots of apologies on Jessen's part, (although not nearly enough groveling and begging), and anger and hurt on Ian's part. I didn't get their connection, I didn't believe in it and quite frankly, I don't like Jessen. I like Ian, but Jessen...no, just no. So, I hate to do this, but I had to 2 star it as much as it pained me to do so.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book received through NetGalley.
Ian is a prodigy and at only 26 he's well on his way to a tenured professor. He had it rough growing up and with him beginning college as a young teen, he hasn't quite fit in with everyone else or made friends easily. He's 19 when he first meets Jessen - a bass guitarist in a band that also has his twin brother as lead vocalist. Jessen is 21 at the time and he instantly feels a connection with Ian, who is there filming the band for the university. Their meeting is sweet and we get flashbacks of how they took things slow (well, if you call a few dates slow) and how their relationship developed. There was no denying that they grew to love each other in a short period of time. However, Jessen ends it all with a note slide under Ian's door simply saying "I'm sorry."
Fast forward 7 years and Ian sees Jessen at a party his friend is throwing. He hasn't seen the guy in all those years and he both hates Jessen for what he did and loves the fact that he's there. Ian doesn't forgive Jessen right away though and we're taken on a brief journey to them rekindling their relationship.
My only complaint is that the ending didn't feel like it really had a conclusion - it was just left open ended once they decided to give things a chance. I would have liked to have seen an epilogue that showed how things were developing months down the road.
Otherwise, this was a really great read that had just the right amount of emotion and hot sex.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.