Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cross My Heart by Katie Klein

Cross My Heart by Katie Klein
Release Date: March 14, 2011
Publisher: Kindle eBook

True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Jaden pretending not to notice. . . .Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past-a reputation-and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there's no reason why, when they're assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn't be falling in love. As they bond over Edith Wharton's tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the "bad boy" vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own "good girl" image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype. Still, Jaden can't shake the feeling that there's more to Parker than he's letting on. He's hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she's grown to love with the person he really is. Because it's possible that his life inside the classroom-everything Jaden knows-is one, massive lie.  - Goodreads.com

What a surprise this book was.  I wasn't sure what it would be like, so it's not like I had a bunch of pre-conceived notions about it.  What I got was so much more than my expectations though.  I found myself absolutely engrossed in this story and adoring its characters.

Jaden is one of those fully focused high school girls who has a plan for everything.  She's the one that is involved in every tiny little committee or extracurricular activity, and you wonder how she has the time and energy for all of it.  She's Harvard bound... that is, as soon as she gets her acceptance letter, but there's no question that she will.  Parker is, of course, the exact opposite of her.  He's a loner, has no friends, talks to no one, and even though he's smarter than people think, Jaden has to spend time with him to discover that fact.  You would think these two have nothing in common, and really, other than finding an intellectual connection Jaden didn't expect, they do have nothing in common.

You would think this would mean the story, their relationship, would play out in a much contrived way, but the exact opposite is true.  These characters were drawn together inexplicably, but it was very naturally done, beautiful written, and unique.  This is one of those books that doesn't have a whole lot of external conflict going on.  It's almost completely character driven, and you would think this would make it boring, but not at all.  Their connection was so natural, so sexy and intriguing, and the sexual tension between them so thick, that you just couldn't help but speed through the pages.

Towards the end of the story, a little unexpected plot twist occurs that introduces some external conflict, and with it comes a surprising discovery that I never saw coming.  This was a great story, wonerfully written by an obviously talented author!  I would recommend this to anyone who just wants to read a satisfying, sexy but emotionall yromanctic story.  I'm definitely looking for more by this author.  I'm a fan now.

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