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If you haven't done so, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you read After the Before (I don't believe you will be disappointed...I loved it)! All of the main characters that are in After the Before carry on into this book, so it would help you immensely to already have a soft spot for them.
This book set my heart on fire.
No spoilers, but if you have read the first book, you know what happens.
It doesn't help to know what happens!!
I found myself pausing so I could savor the love on the pages.
I found myself wishing to smack some sense into the characters.
I found myself wanting more...wishing for more!
This is a beautiful continuance of the original story and I can't wait to read more in this series!
I hate sexist double standard included in some romance books where the heroes are manhoes, sadly some even after meeting the heroines like in this book, but the heroines remain untouched until being with the heroes. That exists here. Jase, the hero in this story, is the brother to Jasmine and Alex is the brother to Marisol, the heroine. Jase and Alex are considered players who smex other girls including at parties where they brought Jasmine and Marisol with them. However Jase and Alex do not let Jasmine and Marisol be more than casually touched by other men. They react poorly if that happens, confronting other boys for merely putting their arms around them. The girls have never even had boyfriends. There is attraction between Jase and Marisol as well as between Alex and Jasmine but that does not stop Jase and Alex from being manhoes. It bothered me that the boys had fun being players while the girls waited on the sidelines for the boys to grow up.
The romance between Jase and Marisol is not believable. Marisol was always attracted to Jase but Jase only thought of Marisol as a friend until suddenly he is supposedly in love with her and wants no one else. While they exchanged "I love yous" it was just words. It was all telling and no showing. There were no feelings behind it. Also there is no chemistry between them and no passion. The few make out scenes are mediocre, as exciting as watching paint dry. The story ended with Marisol never even having experienced passion.
Taking about the ending, it sucked...badly. I want HEA and that is why I read romance books. I do not want to be blindsided by things like this ending. The ending plus the things I mentioned above made me mad that I wasted my time by reading this story and wasted my money by buying it.
Jase is everything that you would want in a twin brother; caring, protective and loving. Jase spent all of his spare time with Jasmine and their best friends Marisol and Alex. When Jase starts to notice Marisol differently, he tries to brush it off. As time move along he comes to realized that he just might not be able to do that but worries about how everyone will react. He is not certain that he is willing to take that next step and change the dynamics of the groups friendship.
Marisol has always thought Jase was good looking. She has admired the way he cares for Jasmine and is always trying to be there to protect her. Suddenly one day it is like someone has flipped a switch and she has different feelings for Jase, can this really be happening? What if things go sour? These initial feeling are so hard when you can't talk to anyone about them for fear of looking your best friend.
Jessica does an amazing job of growing these characters and making you feel their thoughts and emotions while reading. I felt like I was a bystander in the school halls watching things unfold.
I realize that this is the prequel to After the Before and many have read it first. They may have some slightly different reactions to events of the story as they have some background. But I am confident the final outcome will be the same.
** Advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. **
Jase is a great person & I love how he takes everyone's feelings into consideration. I love reading about him & Marisol. You actually feel like you are part of the group. These characters seem so real & I felt like I was there watching it all happen.
I will be backing up to read book 1.