on August 18, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance
One crazy dog—one awkward vet—one naked pool guy—and one life-changing month in California to make friends, fall in love, and twist fate.
Who gets paid to walk a dog and recline by the pool all day? Sydney Montgomery, aspiring museum curator and professional house-sitter, that’s who.
When her aunt and uncle need a house and dog sitter for thirty days in Palo Alto, Sydney can’t turn down the chance to be closer to her sister in L.A. Within twenty-four hours of her arrival, Sydney’s cleaning up runny dog poo, taking an uncooperative pooch to a handsome yet awkward vet, and being rescued from the bottom of the pool by a naked “pool guy.”
Lautner, “pool guy,” has a hot body and a cool persona. With eyes of iridescent blue oceans, he is mesmerizing, sexy, and addictive. What he is not—the pool guy.
Dr. Lautner Sullivan is a college wide receiver turned pediatric resident. He knows how to woo a woman with flowers, pastries, and sweet tea. Lautner is every girl’s dream, but Sydney is not every girl. She’s immune to rainbows, fairytales, pixy dust, and the “L” word.
The attraction is immediate, the friendship is earned, and the love is undeniable. Thirty days is their forever, but forever is not long enough.
This book has burrowed it’s way to my top ten of 2016 hands down. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I picked it up a few days ago but it definitely didn’t play out the way I thought it would.
After reading the synopsis, I thought this was going to be a sweet, yummy read. Well, the first 40-percent of the book was filled with that. The last 60-percent was angst-filled and being an angst-lover I couldn’t get enough.
Sydney is a college graduate, who house-sits in various locales to save enough money to go back to school to finish her dream of becoming a museum curator. While house-sitting for her aunt and uncle in Palo Alto, California, she meets a veterinarian, Dane and their “pool boy” Lautner. With only thirty days until her next job, she ends up falling in love with one of these suitors and vice versa. Well, to be honest they both kinda fall in love with her. Life and fate get in the way and things don’t happen exactly the way Sydney plans.
What did I love about this book? Hm…I don’t think there wasn’t a single thing I didn’t love. There was just the right amount of sexiness and let me tell you-the chemistry was just amazing. The angst was incredible, I actually started to cry at one point at work nonetheless and had to put the book down and go for a walk. But for me, that’s THE BEST feeling when you find a book that impacts you so deeply. Right?
Sydney was a head-strong heroine who wanted to think with her brain and not follow her heart, which got her into trouble a few times. I found myself wanted to scream at her a few times to get her act together and fess up to her feelings. Instead, she wanted to make something for herself instead of letting a guy dictate how her life should go.
“I don’t know how to live if I’m not loving you. It’s like asking my lungs to expand without air, my heart to beat without blood, my eyes to see without light.”
Then there was Dane and Lautner. Both were unbelievable catches; one being a pediatric resident and the other a veterinarian. Seriously, how does one chick get so damn lucky?! I don’t want to say who won my heart but I will say it was by a complete landslide.
Like I said above I didn’t realize that this book was going to make me so emotional. I thought it was just some cute book with a silly dog and a light tone. Nope, instead this book completely owned me. It had twists and turns that not only did I not see coming but also broke my heart at times.
That ending. Wow. It was one of the BEST endings I’ve read in a long time. It was absolutely beautiful and unique and dear God-please just read it so we can both gush about a certain person. I seriously had three separate highlights just from one page alone.
“I love you…only you…always you…forever you.”
Being the fourth book I’ve read by Jewel E. Ann in the past few weeks, I’ve become quite the fan-girl. She has quickly become one of my new automatic one-click authors and I can’t wait to keep reading more from her.