Series: Eversea #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Format: eBook, 358 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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Eversea, a love story, is a Winter Rose Contest FINALIST 2013. Emilia Pisani of Simon & Schuster (judge) says "Great southern flavor!" and "Jack is an alluring leading man!"
An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her married and much older director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.
Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family's historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided ... and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.
“If I’d known you were in my future, I would have chosen differently.” – Jack
“If you had chosen differently, you would have never found me.” – Keri Ann
How can you not love Jack and Keri Ann? I certainly couldn’t resist them. This book absolutely sucked me in. Somewhere along the way this summer, I became a bit enamored with books with one famous and one “regular” person. It started with T. Torrest’s Remember When and has grown from there.
Keri Ann was a small-town girl with sass. She was real. She was feisty. It wasn’t like she was living under a rock and didn’t know who Jack Eversea was. She knew. She knew his movies. She was a fan, but not a huge fan. She was able to separate the real Jack from the characters he portrayed. There’s no doubt in my mind that she fell in love with the real Jack. What started out as an unlikely friendship based more or less on a chance encounter, grew into something beautiful and took me along for the ride.
“He was like a bright and beautiful rogue planet. He pulled the entire galaxy into a gravitational wobble until he got close enough to suck you in and tilt your axis head over heels.”
Jack was the perfect leading man. It goes without saying that he’s absolutely gorgeous. But, he’s more than that. He’s sweet and thoughtful. He’s vulnerable. Keri Ann gave him a lot of grief for being conceited at the beginning of their friendship, but I didn’t get that vibe from him. It was apparent how much he cared for Keri Ann in the things he did for her and in their banter. They had tons of chemistry, but it went well beyond that. I loved the back and forth in their dialogue. I loved that Keri Ann gave him “what for” when he deserved it.
“I was never one to pull a band aid off slowly. Besides, we could be struck by lightning right now and I don’t think I’d feel it or care. I want you inside me, Jack. Now. Not slowly, but like right now.”
But, because nothing can ever be easy in the books I love, with the characters I love, there’s much more to this story. A clause written into Jack’s contract states he has to remain in a very public relationship with an incredibly manipulative (and more than slightly evil) actress named Audrey Lane. We don’t see Audrey much in this book, thank goodness, but she does drop in just long enough to drop a soul-crushing twist that ruins everything.
“How did he look at me?” I whispered, suddenly craving validation of Jack’s feelings from anyone but myself and my subjective imagination.
Joey sighed, resigned. “Like you were the last chopper out of Baghdad, the last IV in the field hospital, the last funnel cake at the fair. Jesus, I don’t know.”
This book made me feel all the feels. I laughed and cried along with the characters. I enjoyed the perfect mix of romance, humor, angst, and sexy time the author delivered. The small-town setting was well-executed. The characters had depth. I loved (almost) all of them. From the best friend, Jazz, to the brother, Joey, and even the cook, Hector. They were all wonderful and left me wanting more. The book ended with a pretty shocking cliffhanger. The next book literally can’t get here soon enough. Sigh. Is it November yet?