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Kayti McGee has created just that person in Greta, a woman so determined to not give her heart away that she nearly destroys it.
The good news for Greta is that Jon, a popular DJ, is patient. He knows, from the minute he sees Greta at her sister Angie's wedding, that she is The One. He also believes in love and marriage and all that stuff. Greta presents quite the challenge for him, but he is every bit as determined as she is.
When you've suffered through a string of dead-end relationships, the last thing you want to do is suffer through another one. Greta's friends decide that Jon is the perfect guy for her, and they want her to date him. So she does the next best thing: she convinces Jon to pretend date. He's all in, but then again, he doesn't want to just pretend. He wants the real thing.
McGee uses a subplot involving Mina, the young girl for whom Greta nannies, something intended to show you (not to mention Greta herself) that she can give and receive love. A child shall lead her, as it were.
When you read a Kayti McGee book you know to expect quirky characters (check), humor (check), and some hot sexy times (CHECK). In her previous books, though, McGee relied a little too heavily on humor, sometimes going for the joke rather than the emotional resonance. That Thing You Do shows that her writing is maturing. She delivers heavy emotional punches without going for histrionics, and her humor is perfectly timed.
This is my favorite Kayti McGee book, and Jon is my favorite hero of hers. He's a good guy who deserves to have Greta love him. Now if we can only convince her of that.
THAT THING YOU DO is the kind of book you can completely lose yourself in. I was entranced by page one, and never let go until the very last page was turned. I wanted to dive into this book, become a part of it, become a part of this group of characters that just made my heart and soul a little lighter. Be warned, the heroine, Greta, will frustrate the hell out of you, but she will also charm the pants off of you, which makes up for the love sabotaging that goes on throughout. And our hero, Jon the famous DJ, well, he was just a pure delight, a breath of fresh air cover to cover. He was determined. He was absolutely sweet and charming with a little naughty mixed in. I fell HARD for him pretty damn fast. He has his work cut out for him with Greta, but to him, she’s worth it, and once the walls start to crumble around her heart, there is NO GOING BACK for either one of them.
I absolutely ADORED this side of Kayti McGee’s writing. I can only hope she ventures on and continues to brighten my days with her fabulous love stories.
*ARC provided by the publisher*
At Greta sister's Angie's wedding, Greta is drowning her sorrows with her two best friends when she notices the cute DJ, Jon. Ends up he is good friends with the groom. Also great is that the DJ had already noticed her! Summer and Amy decide the hot DJ is who Greta has to date! Greta's on the floor dancing and keeping Jon amused. Just when he thinks Greta is going to approach him, she takes off. He asks the bride and groom who that bridesmaid was. Angie explains it is her sister, and good luck with that. A small bet ensues and now Jon is up for the challenge. He meets up with Greta in the coat room with a fun exchange and she ends up with his coat and phone number.
Greta wants to pretend to date Jon to appease her friends, but he really wants to date her so they agree for every pretend date that Greta sets up, Jon will set up a real date. Oh, was this fun. Greta kept picking things that she thought would scar off Jon (think Harry Potter!), while Jon picked things that would reel Greta in closer. It was so enjoyable to watch these two pretend date/really date. Of course, as things started to get serious, Greta freaked out. Jon realized that he needed to do something dramatic with Greta to really get her attention....and boy did he.
I really enjoyed both of these characters. Jon was so dreamy and add in that British accent and SWOON! Greta just wanted to be loved but was so afraid to try. Add in Greta's two crazy friends, along with Mina, the tween that Greta was a nanny for for and it makes for a great, enjoyable story. Be warned, you will laugh and cry during this one. It really tugged at my heart strings.
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