Book Reviews: Not You It’s Me / Cross The Line / One Good Reason

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Author: Julie Johnson
Date Pub: Jul. 7th, 2015, Nov. 10th, 2015, May 30th, 2016
Series: Boston Love
Stars: 4.0 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Genre: Romance, Rom-Com, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
POV: Single, Third Person


NOT YOU IT’S ME

Gemma Summers is unlucky in love.
She’s known it since third grade, when her first crush blew a spitball into her hair, and a decade-long string of bad dates, boring sex, and abysmal morning-afters has done nothing to improve her prospects.
But when a random radio call-in contest lands her courtside tickets to the hottest playoff game of the season, Gemma’s luck may finally be on the upswing — even if it doesn’t exactly seemlike it when the dreaded jumbotron kiss-cam lands on her and her date, who’s too busy ignoring her to notice…

Chase Croft doesn’t date.
Despite ample opportunity as Boston’s most eligible bachelor, the reformed bad-boy would rather put his energy into taking over the family business than weed through a world of gold-diggers to find an honest woman.
But when the beautiful girl in the seat next to him becomes a courtside spectacle at the hands of her loser boyfriend, he can’t help but step in and save the day.

One kiss. Two strangers. No strings attached.
The only problem is, Chase is used to getting whatever he wants. And after kissing Gemma once, he knows one thing…
He wants more.

NOT YOU IT’S ME is a full-length, standalone contemporary romance about a girl who doesn’t believe in love… and the man who changes her mind. Due to sexy-times and strong language, it is intended for readers 17 and up.


CROSS THE LINE

Phoebe West has been head-over-heels in love with her brother’s best friend for as long as she can remember. 

Not that he’s bothered to notice.

Despite several mortifying attempts at seduction and a decade’s worth of unrequited pining, nothing Phoebe does seems to make any impact on the man she’s obsessed over since her bra-stuffing days. She knows it’s time to let him go, though just the thought is nearly enough to shatter her…

Nathaniel “Nate” Knox has only ever seen Phoebe as one thing: forbidden.

There’s a darkness in Nate, the kind you can’t avoid after years working in special forces and private security. He’s no good for anyone — especially not someone as sweet as his best friend’s little sister. He knows he can’t have her. Not ever. Even if she makes him feel things he barely recognizes…

Some lines aren’t meant to be crossed. 

When an unforeseeable series of events sends Phoebe stumbling headfirst into danger, there’s only one man who can protect her. Though, in his quest to save her life, he may just break her heart…

CROSS THE LINE is a full-length contemporary romance about a woman who can’t seem to walk away… and the man who’ll go to any length to keep her safe. Due to sparks flying, suspenseful moments, steamy scenes, and one sassy heroine, it is recommended to readers ages 17 and up.


ONE GOOD REASON

Zoe Bloom has her life figured out. 
After a childhood spent begging for scraps on Boston street corners, she’s clawed her way to a successful career and a safe place to call home. She knows exactly what she needs to survive — a bit of money in the bank, a roof over her head, food on the table. Friends and family are a luxury she can’t afford. And forget about frivolous romantic entanglements. She can barely juggle her own problems; she certainly doesn’t have time to handle anyone else’s crap…

Parker West has spent his life running.
From responsibility. From obligation. From the corporate CEO position he’s always been expected to take over. He’d rather climb Kilimanjaro than sit in a board meeting with stiffs in suits. When a crisis at the family company forces him to return to Boston, he has no choice but to stop chasing adventures — temporarily. As soon as things are back in order, he fully intends to sail off into the sunset…
Until he locks eyes with a mysterious blonde who screams trouble and sets his senses on fire. For the first time in his life, Parker doesn’t want to run. In fact, when it comes to Zoe… he may want to do something he’s never done before.
Stay. 

ONE GOOD REASON is a full-length contemporary romance about a girl who’s spent her life just trying to survive… and the man who finally teaches her how to live. Due to some sexy scenes, suspenseful moments, and a foul-mouthed heroine, it is recommended for readers ages 17 and up.dividerreview1

Of all these three books, I enjoyed the most was Parker and Zoe’s book, One Good Reason. I did loved all three but the last one was the one that I liked especially Zoe. Her tragic past and how determined she was to solve her parents’ death made me love her even more. And Parker West. Jeez, this dude was one persistent alpha male. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell <3. They’re like oil and water. Fire and gasoline.

“Maybe I can send him sailing straight into the Bermuda Triangle… then I’ll never have to deal with him again.”

Parker West liked to wander around the globe, so him being Peter Pan was fitting. He never had a reason to stay until Zoe aka Tinkerbell.

“You’re my favorite kind of adventure.” – Parker to Zoe


In Cross the Line, Phoebe this girl made me laugh out loud. The prologue when Knox sang her R. Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly was pretty funny!

“We should say something.” I stared from the mound at the base of the maple tree to the boy with dirt under his fingernails sitting beside me. “They always say stuff at funerals.”…
“He paused. “I’ll say something.”
My eyes were wide on his face as he cleared his throat, closed his eyes, and grabbed my hand. I stared at his fingers — large, grimy, and tangled with mine — and felt comforted for the first time since I discovered the bird an hour before.
His voice was steady and serious as he started speaking.
“I believe I can fly,” he intoned somberly. “I believe I can touch the sky.”
My eyes locked on his face. Whoa. He was like a real priest.
“I think about it every night and day,” he continued in that even voice. “Spread my wings and fly away.”
He was like… a poet.
He cleared his throat again. “I believe I can fly.”
“I believe I can fly,” I echoed, in awe of his originality.
(Looking back I can’t believe, even at five, I didn’t recognize R. Kelly lyrics when I heard”)

Phoebe’s been in love with Knox for a decade and she knew he could never reciprocate.

“I don’t know how. How do you stop wanting someone you’ve dreamed of for most of your life? He’s a habit I don’t know how to break.”

He couldn’t reciprocate because duh bro-code. That stupid bro-code. But the heart wants what it wants.

“I owed you a dance,” he says simply, like it should’ve been obvious.

“There’s no music.”

His lips brush my ear, ” Put your head on my chest.” I do.

“You hear my heartbeat?”. I nod, cheek rubbing the fabric of his shirt.

It’s beating for you, little bird”, he murmurs, holding me closer, “That can be our music.”

“But you can’t hear mine,” I whisper, voice cracking.

He pauses, ” I can heart it Phoebe. I hear it in my soul. I set my life by it’s every beat.”

Oh you Nate Knox, behind that steel armor was a romantic! ❤


In Not You It’s Me, Chase was also an amazing hero. He’s alpha and protective. Once he got a taste of Gemma Summers, he wouldn’t let go. Gemma’s pretty funny heroine. She had a lot of bad luck being in love. But she finally scored one and guess what? He’s a freaking billionaire. AHH! Awesomesauce!

“The past holds pain;the future holds promise.”

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