Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents' rules--especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father's office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she's tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen's sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill's accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything--even Tristen's love--just for the thrill of being...bad.
Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Beth Fantaskey, Author of Jekel Loves HydeDear Amazon Reader, All my life, I've been pretty much of a rule follower. I swear, it's part of my genetic code. As a kid, I hated being late for school. I get worried if I notice that my car inspection is overdue. And I always recycle, not just because it's good for the environment, but because I'm supposed to, where I live. (My one small rebellion: I have never returned a library book on time. Usually, I get a letter threatening legal action if I don't bring something back ASAP.) Meanwhile, I notice that most of my best friends have lawless streaks. I gravitate toward people who refuse to feed parking meters, who sneak out of work in the middle of the day, and who toss their "number 2" plastics in the regular trash without a second thought. I'm pretty sure I envy their careless approaches to authority. That's why it was so fun for me to write about Jill Jekel, a "good girl" who drinks a chemical formula that unleashes her wild side. I took a little (twisted?) delight in living vicariously through her as she starts breaking some serious rules. Doing stuff that's way worse than going to school late. I hope you have fun reading about Jill's out-of-control alter ego, too. And, as always, I want to say thanks to all of the readers who contact me. I love to hear from you, so keep in touch!
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