My not-so-secret affair with romance novels
After reading No Reverse’s blurb, I was intrigued by the premise… The whole high school love/unplanned pregnancy thing always calls to me, and I was excited to dive into this book. Now that I’ve finished it, the story certainly wasn’t what I had expected. I persevered to the end because I wanted to find out once and for all if Josh and Cassie would end up together, only to get to a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers and had no idea there was one in this book – otherwise I probably wouldn’t have read it. That said, I gave the book 3 hearts: Here are the other reasons why: There’s a love triangle vibe going on, which normally I despise. I know it adds to the drama, but it really depends on each story. I usually get a sense of who’ll end up together in the end… but in No Reverse, I truly had no idea what was going on in Josh’s head. The man gave me severe whiplash. Lenor or Cassie. Cassie or Lenor. Seriously dude, make up your mind! I kept reading and waiting for some redeeming quality to come out, but it was all for naught. Josh just rubbed me the wrong way and I couldn’t seem to make myself like him. As for Cass, she wasn’t all that likable either. I didn’t understand her or her thought processes, and the whole thing with her, Josh, & his fiancee just screamed soap opera dramatics to me. Overall, I don’t really know how to feel because the only reason I kept reading was to get to the end & see if they would end up together. There was a lot of teeter-tottering that I didn’t enjoy but I kept plowing ahead because I needed the HEA. Going into this, I had expected it to be standalone… and I was kind of upset to learn that it wasn’t. And while the story apparently isn’t finished, I haven’t decided whether or not I’ll be reading the sequel just yet.
A girl who needs to undo the past.
A boy who wants to forget it.
In love, there’s no way back.
At high school in Steep Hill, Kansas, Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways.
Five years later, Josh has breezed through Georgetown and is about to finish his post-grad degree at Oxford University. He is set to join a lobbying group on Capitol Hill, owned by his new fiancée’s father. For Josh, the sky is now the limit… only he must first take care of a tiny legal matter: technically, he’s still married to the girl who broke his heart.
Meanwhile, Cassie has been waiting tables in Steep Hill to pay for her sick grandmother’s care. On the day of the old lady’s funeral, Cassie is served with two sets of papers. Josh is asking for a divorce. Her heart squeezes, but, well, he moved on a long time ago. But the second envelope shakes Cassie to the core. So, for the first time, she leaves Kansas and heads to good ol’ England.
There, Cassie finds that Josh has not just “moved on,” he’s freakin’ engaged to some blue-blooded heiress. The feelings Cassie had buried deep rush back to her. But no matter if he keeps thrusting the divorce papers under her nose, she needs him to save the only person she loves more than Josh, more than life itself…
Marion’s parents are terribly disappointed with her… They wanted her to have a serious job, providing financial stability and social standing. For years, she really tried to make them happy; she studied hard, got into top schools, graduated with honors and found a high-achieving job. But deep down, Marion was miserable. She never wanted to be a top executive, brokering deals in New York, London or Tokyo. Marion wanted to be… a ROMANCE WRITER. She wanted to spend her days in that good ol’ tracksuit of hers, in front of her laptop, popping down Oreos like there was no tomorrow. She wanted to fall in love with a different man each time she wrote the first line of a new book (while being happily married to the most handsome man in Great Britain). That’s exactly what Marion does these days, and it makes her incredibly happy. She loves to share these happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.