Jason Thorn… My brother’s childhood friend.
Oh, how stupidly in love with that boy I was. He was the first boy that made me blush, my first official crush. Sounds beautiful so far, right? That excitement that bubbles up inside you, those famous butterflies you feel for the very first time—he was the reason for them all. But, you only get to live in that fairytale world until they crush your hopes and dreams and then stomp on your heart for good measure. And boy did he crush my little heart into pieces.
After the stomping part he became the boy I did my best to stay away from—and let me tell you, it was pretty hard to do when he slept in the room right across from mine.
When tragedy struck his family and they moved away, I was ready to forget he ever existed.
Now he is a movie star, the one who makes women of all ages go into a screaming frenzy, the one who makes everyone swoon with that dimpled smile of his. Do you think that’s dreamy? I certainly don’t think so. How about me coming face to face with him? Nope still not dreamy. Not when I can’t even manage to look him in the eye.
Me? I’m Olive, a new writer. Actually, I’m THE writer of the book that inspired the movie he is about to star in on the big screen. As of late, I am also referred to as the oh-so-very-lucky girl who is about to become the wife of Jason Thorn.
Maybe you’re thinking yet again that this is all so dreamy? Nope, nothing dreamy going on here. Not even close.
Title: To Love Jason Thorn (Love & Hate, #1)
Author: Ella Maise
Publication Date: December 3, 2015
Genre: New Adult/Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I devoured this book in practically one sitting. It was well-written, had a fake dating/marriage trope (which I’m a sucker for), and hit all the right romantic marks. I’m about to write a lot of negative things about this book, but just know, I really liked it! I just have to get some things off my chest.
Jason was a little bit toxic in my opinion. Not horribly so, but a little bit. He was kinda aggressive with some things or just didn’t get Olive’s consent before doing things. I didn’t love him when he was like that (which, tbh, was 70% of the time), but it didn’t make me hate the story. Also, why was he so slick as a kid? Not buying it.
I wish Jason and Olive would have talked about their feelings or about anything really, before jumping into bed together. I needed more of an emotional attachment rather than just a sexual/lust attachment. Things were sorta talked about towards the end of the book, but in a Jason-is-aggressive and Olive-is-in-love-with-him kind of way. I just needed more emotional bits.
Also, I was kinda by upset the way they handled things with Olive’s family. They never really had a wedding and never really had a good talk with them. I think they deserved more.
Okay. Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll remind you how much I liked this book. It had lots of really cute moments, lots of extra steamy moments, and some fun ones too. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and felt like everything was paced out really well.
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I'm All Booked Up YA says
The best friend’s brother is always a fun trope!
The Book View says
Yes! It adds an extra layer of drama to things