SQUEEE! The story totally swept me off my feet. It's funny, sweet, light-read, romantic and with a great storyline. If the book cover captured my attention first, the story itself is even worth better. It feels good to read something that is wholesome without that much sex scenes on it (as the trend nowadays), though I don't have any objections on that. It's just that I found this one so refreshing that I could not put it down until I reached the final page.
What endeared me to this story is that it was able to capture all the emotions of a typical teenager Harley who is trying to deal with the issues in life being thrown at her. She is also the pastor's daughter and maintaining a good image is very important. She has this dream of becoming the future wife of the gorgeous and most famous boy in their school - Trent and she's very determined to make her dream come true not until she met the new boy in town - Jason. They met when Jason accidentally bumped her car one day and Jason is the complete opposite of her Mr. Right - he swears, drives this Gremlin car and he doesn't have this "lavender blue eyes" she's been dreaming about. With the appearance of Jason in her life, could he ruin everything? Then Harley convinced Jason to play as her "fake boyfriend" and go on a "fake date" to make Trent jealous and decide of pursuing her.
This story conveys a lot of positive messages like not judging people based from their outside appearances, strong family ties, good spiritual values and doing everything for the things and people you love, etc. The setting of the story is very admirable as well, Shadow Falls is a small community where everyone knows each other. However it has its own disadvantages as well - news and gossips spreads faster and nothing and no one escapes from it. Then there's this rumor about her Mom and her massage therapy student where Harley found herself caught in between telling her Dad about it and just letting it go. I love how Jason was able to help Harley deal with it, comforted her and just being with her at those times she needed somebody to lean on.
Jason and Harley really looked good together though at first their relationship was a fake but as the story unfolded, Harley realized what she was really been missing out. The revelations in this story were flawlessly done. The witty banters of Harley & Jason made me laughed. I completely adored Jason here, he's more than a "hot" guy, he's also attentive, caring, lovable and empathically listens to Harley. How could I not love him! He's so swoon-worthy!
The creek scenes, the luau party, the whole walking with interlaced fingers and the kissing scenes are unforgettable and just amazing. This is one of those stories that you wish there's a second book because you just can't get enough of and don't want to say goodbye yet.
I loved the story - every single part of it. Very refreshing, entertaining, romantic and sweet. Something that would touch your heart and make you fall in love all over again. All the revelations in this story would make you glued on your seat and flip through each page until you finish the entire book.
It's the first book I read from the author but definitely won't be my last....
A must read...:)