Publication Date: June 4, 2013 (first pub. May 16, 2011)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Keywords: summer, music, forbidden love
Format Read: paperback from publisher in exchange for honest review (thank you!)
Summary: Sadie White's summer job is at the beach, but she won't be working as a lifeguard. Since her mom is pregnant and refuses to work, Sadie will be taking over as a domestic servant for a wealthy family on a nearby island. When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie were normal — if she hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house — maybe she'd be excited about working for a rock star. But she's not.
Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax, but he fights his attraction: Relationships never work in his world, and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. Yet as the summer stretches on, Jax's passion leaves him breathless — and Sadie feels like the only source of oxygen.
I must have this for my Goodreads shelf! I need to go to Abbi's website!
This was my very first read from this highly discussed "New Adult" genre thing going on. And I have to say, for the most part, I approve. Greatly. I definitely liked reading about a more mature character (though still in high school, she was a senior and had been taking care of her mother, so she behaved like an adult) who was dealing with more mature and difficult problems. There were also actual adult characters who played more of a role than just a side character (Ms. Mary and Mr. Gregg), and I really enjoyed their relationships they developed with Sadie as they took her under their wings at the Stone's house.
Now getting to the actual story — it was compelling and interesting, and I definitely wasn't bored. Though there were a few points that made me want to hurl (Jax saying that Sadie was his "air" because he needed her around all the time was super cheesy. I mean, really.), it was a good plot with realistic (minus the "air" thing) qualities. I was one of the ones who felt bad for Marcus, Sadie's friend. I just, wanted a happier ending for him I think. Which, there is a second book that focuses on him, so I'll definitely be reading that. And the sex stuff — I mean, that's really the definer for this genre apparently — was fine for the most part. I did feel like a few scenes were forced and just there to be there, but the others were incorporated well.
What I liked most was Sadie's mature character, and how she was dealing with a lot more than most people ever could imagine. That's why I was drawn into this book. Not to mention the quick feel and fun summer fling aspect of it all.
And a big thumbs up to the cover. I'm definitely a fan.
Read When: You want a summer romance that's both sweet and steamy.
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