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Jenna is a hard-working waitress who lives with her boyfriend, Paul. She has an old, POS car that is unreliable. At the beginning of the story, she encounters a handsome stranger who gives her battery a jump when the car won’t start, as we learn it is wont to do. Before she can thank him, he drives off.
Subsequently, Jenna returns home only to find Paul in bed with another woman. She goes ballistic, attacking the both of them and running the woman out of the house and then packing her own things to leave Paul, who of course begs and pleads for her not to go, and finds a way to try to turn the whole thing around on her, suggesting her long hours are the reason he strayed. Jenna drives off in a fit of angry tears, only to rear-end the car in front of her. Lo, and behold, it’s the handsome stranger who came to her aid earlier in the evening. Realizing she is upset, he helps set her up in a hotel for the night at his expense. The two begin to get to know each other and indulge their mutual attraction. Shortly thereafter, Jenna begins getting ominous notes from an unknown person, who seems to know more about her than he/she should. The rest of is suspenseful and surprising as it takes a few twists and turns.
I liked this book overall, but there are a few things I would have liked to see in it. I would have liked more background on Jenna and Paul’s relationship, her thoughts and feelings about him. We don’t get to see that, which makes a difference later in the book when she has trouble deciding between Devon and Paul. With the information given, it seems like a no-brainer that she should choose Devon, but there had to be a good reason for her being unable to decide. I found her constant back and forth to be a bit frustrating, and I felt if I’d known more about her relationship with Paul, I might better understand what would draw her back to him.
Devon seems to be a great guy with true affection for Jenna. There is definite sexual chemistry between the two of them, but I also would have liked to have been more inside Jenna’s head as to her feelings for Devon. It was not simply enough for me to have her just say “I love you.” I wanted to really feel her her emotions. In this regard, it was a little flat for me, so I had trouble connecting with her. There was a little more exposition with Devon, so I had an affinity to him from the beginning. When all is revealed in this book, it is an interesting surprise that I didn’t suspect. Well done to Ms. Trejo for keeping me guessing.
If you like a book with suspense and a few twists, you will likely enjoy this story. There are a few editing issues, but they don’t pull you out of the story. It isn’t flawless, but it’s still an enjoyable read.