Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cross My Heart by Katie Klein

10801027Genre: Romance
Kindle: 225 Pages
Published: March 15, 2011
Series: Cross My Heart
            1. Cross My Heart
            2. Collateral Damage

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

I have always been a complete sucker for really adorable romances that make you all warm and fuzzy inside. This is definitely one of those books that gets you squealing like a little girl, wishing you had something like this.

"Every girl wants a bad boy who is good only to her, and every boy wants a good girl who is bad only for him."

            Cross My Heart starts with a very focused-save-the-world-driven-control freak-miss goody too shoes Jaden McEntryre, who gets partnered up with Parker Whalen, aka; the motorcycle driving- leather jack wearing- dare devil with a bad rep loner. As soon as they meet, their defenses go up and they are ready for a show down. Little did these idiots know, you should never judge a book by its cover. Spending the next two months on this project is going to be very difficult, if they can only be civilized and not try to kill each other at every opprotunity.
            All Jaden wanted was to get this project done, keep her boyfriend happy, and get into Harvard. She didn't expect to get paired up with the most scariest guy at her school, argue with him constantly and start to actually like him. He isn't like what people say he is. He's smart, caring, he has ideas, and he has a remark for everything she says. Parker gets under her skin and Jaden is starting to like that. As their friendship continues they realize there is more to their feelings then they thought. They are perfect opposites, but somehow, they are comfortable with each other.
            As Parker and Jaden get to know each other, life gets in their way. Everything was going smoothly until Parker decides he doesn't want to do this anymore. Hurt and sad over Parker's decision, Jaden starts to refocus her life on getting into Harvard. Unexpectedly, Jaden comes across Parker in the parking lot after school, where there is a drug deal going on. Confused and hurt, Jaden gets caught up in the middle and her life is at risk. Little did she know, Parker has been an undercover cop for a year at her school so he knows what he's doing. But when things go south and Jaden's life is at risk, will Parker be able to save her in time? Will Jaden forgive him for lying to her?
            I know, I know. The concept of this book is total cliché and it isn't anything you haven't read before. But...there's always a but...but the characters and story make this book feel new and interesting. You just have to meet Parker and Jaden, they have a force around them that pulls them together. Their conversations were feisty and firm. I found it entertaining when they argued because it just felt natural. Over all, a good book. Very quick and light entertainment. 

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