Most of my youth came with spiral notebooks filled with doodles, wedding plans, and “Janelle York” looped in bubbly handwriting.
However, one night in Vegas changed everything.
I woke up to more than just a fantasy of my brother’s best friend.
Five years later, I’m standing on his doorstep confronting him about the secret he kept from me.
If you think this is the story of how we rode off into the sunset together…
You’re so wrong.
But if you think this is the story of how Holden blackmailed me into living with him…
You couldn’t be more right.
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The first thing that struck me was the title, so simple, but straightforward, and along with the cover I realize Janelle would be for sure a sassy kind of girl.
The story begins with her waking up in a hotel room in Las Vegas after a crazy night of celebrations at the end of her brother’s wedding. Night of which Janelle remembers absolutely nothing, but above all she doesn’t remember she spent the night with the boy she always had a crash since she was a little girl: Holden, her brother’s best friend, who is actually grown at home together with all of them.
For Holden it’s a shock to find out that Janelle had been so drunk the night before to forget everything happened, and this mess inevitably affetto their friendship that was really special.
Janelle disappears for years with the excuse of her studies, her home appearances were fast, and years later she finds out Holden has failed to tell her many important things and she is forced to face him at home to claim revenge.
But Holden is able to break a deal with her: she will spend time with him, six months under the same roof, and then if she’ll want to do so, she will be free to leave.
In five years, so many things have happened, things about Janelle is in the dark and Holden wants her to come closer to her family, because she has become almost a stranger, while Holden has been a constant presence for them and a point of reference.
Their story is fun. Their coexistence is a bit of a challenge, they know so well how to “read” situations without need for words, and the attraction they feel for each other is clear and puts some pepper in everyday life. Janelle is a hot head and I found her a bit vindictive and immature.
I preferred a lot Holden, his way of being so understanding, to stand by her side and help her to understand everything happened in her family.
It’s a beautiful story, cute, easy to read and in more than one occasion I found myself smiling, seeing how Holden comes to terms with Janelle. I loved it.
About Leddy Harper
She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.
The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.
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