Release Date: February 3, 2012
Publisher: Butterfly Books, LLC
At a freshman party she doesn't remember, Jess Jordan was almost raped. Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she's better. Over it. Because she is. ...Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Unfortunately, until Jess proves she's back to normal activities, her parents won't discuss college. So, she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock, Gray Porter: He gets $8,000. She gets a fake boyfriend and a social life. Jess has no idea Gray signed on for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray’s amazingly hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he’s simply doing his job. It’s like having a real boyfriend. Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he’s driven to protect her, why he won't cash her checks, or deny her anything she asks. - Goodreads.com
I knew I would like this story as soon as I read the summary, and I was not disappointed. Sometimes you can just tell. This story was entertaining and touching from the very first page. Although the summary leads you to believe this is going to be another dark, heart-wrenching, and emotionally exhausting story, it was pleasantly surprising.
I absolutely adored the characters from the very first page. Jess is cute, fiery, smart, and a little eccentric. She wasn't really like any other characters I've read before in similar stories. Gray Porter, whom you think will be the classic gorgeous jock stereotype was so much different, and so much more. Their relationship together, albeit it fake to begin with, was so entertaining to read... and of course, it begins to develop into more.
The author doesn't try to trick you into not knowing what Gray's hiding. She kind of comes clean with it almost immediately. Perhaps not with all the details, but you have a general idea. I found this to be refreshing. I also loved the alternating points of view. They were cleanly done, and it allows you to really get into each character, get to know them, and get to care about them both.
I was 100% satisfied by reading this story. The writing was engaging and I literally flew through the pages. I'll be looking for more works by this author. A great find.