"The narrative and dialogue are fast-paced and sassy, and the chemistry between the protagonists is quite sultry.... Readers looking for an escape and a few good chuckles will enjoy this escapade.”—RT Book Reviews
You've Got Mail meets The Devil Wears Prada when Sarah can't get sexy—but off-limits—Jack out of her head. Torn between the bad boy she can't keep and a sensitive stranger who bares his soul online, her heart and body are in two very different relationships...or are they?
What should have been a sizzling NYC summer has been hijacked by demanding bosses. To cope, I spend my nights cruising Missed Connections, dreaming of finding an uber-romantic entry all about me. Of course, the moment I finally find that Missed Connection, real life comes crashing down in a night of unbridled passion with totally off-limits Jack.
Best. Hookup. Ever.
Gorgeous and wealthy, hot as sin, Jack can give me everything I need—except an emotional connection. That I get from my Missed Connection, the romantic stranger who never fails to make me swoon. But there's only so much of me to go around. Torn between the bad boy I can't keep and the sensitive stranger who bares his soul online, my heart and body are caught in two very different relationships...or are they?
Summer Love Series:
Missed Connections (Book 1)
Summer Indiscretions (Book 2)
Mataya's vapid novel holds little appeal for even the most flexible and generous fan of contemporary romances. Sarah visits the Missed Connections website several times a day, scrolling through posts about chance encounters and looking for her elusive Mr. Right. When an unknown admirer posts a message to her, she starts chatting with him online. At the same time, she hooks up with Jack, her best friend Pete's twin brother, and the sex is as amazing and sizzling as she'd always suspected it would be. She loves how Jack makes her feel sexy, but Sarah is judgmental and hung up on his supposed immaturity. Jack and Pete are both loyal, funny, and sweet, but it's perplexing why they put up with Sarah's narcissism and shallowness. And no matter how Sarah tries to justify it, she is cheating on Jack with her virtual admirer, and the fact that the relationship is completely online is irrelevant. Sarah makes a lot of excuses, wishing she could have an emotional connection with Jack, but she does nothing to take the relationship beyond the physical. Even Sarah's bosses and coworkers have more personality, and readers will have little tolerance for Sarah's whining about her job and love life.
Hero deserved a much better Heroine.
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Judging a Book by it's Cover:
Transparent overlapping layers, watercolor pastel look, sort of vague to the plot, but catchy enough to warrant a closer look. The synopsis sounded light and fun, which sold me on the book.
First person POV, Sarah's POV.
First impressions can make or break anyone or anything and all I could think from the start was that Sarah was really a miserable (+b)(-w)itch who loved to find fault in those around her. It's a wonder she had any friends with the overall general attitude and outlook that she had. She would say she's forthcoming and honest, but she was totally fake to her employers while thinking horrible things about them. She was brutal to Jack. Not a likable character at all. Jack's all grown up, has responsibilities and is quite successful but still enjoys life. The reputation of his youth seemed to haunt him though and he was sick of it being an obstacle. Jack's twin, Pete, is the cliche' Gay Best Friend that she moved in with while unemployed and homeless (yet she still felt the need to belittle Jack because SOMEHOW she was in a better place than him and thought him to be beneath her??). Jack could do a million times better than Sarah and I wanted to yell at him several times for being so hung up on her! Halfway through, Sarah's eyes began to open and she began to see things a little differently, however she still fluctuated from "all about me" to the "woe is me" drama. It made me kinda wish she WOULD HAVE drank the dang Kool-Aid already!
The story lacked any real emotional depth or plot dynamic and dimension. The writing quality started out fairly simple, and shallow and continued along this trend throughout most of the book, up until about two-thirds through. The flow was good. The main conflict was the heroine herself. She was her own roadblock. The reveal and resolution was anti-climactic. Elements of predictability were present, but not overly so. The conclusion is solid and satisfying with a fun epilogue and implied HEA.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.8 ~ Stars: 4