July 9, 2015 | by Stacia | Not You It’s Me

by Julie Johnson
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)on July 7th, 2015

Genres: Contemporary, Romance



Gemma Summers is unlucky in love. She’s known it since third grade, when her first crush blew a spitball into her hair, and a decade-long string of bad dates, boring sex, and abysmal morning-afters has done nothing to improve her prospects.

But when a random radio call-in contest lands her courtside tickets to the hottest playoff game of the season, Gemma’s luck may finally be on the upswing — even if it doesn’t exactly seem like it when the dreaded jumbotron kiss-cam lands on her and her date, who’s too busy ignoring her to notice…

Chase Croft doesn’t date.

Despite ample opportunity as Boston’s most eligible bachelor, the reformed bad-boy would rather put his energy into taking over the family business than weed through a world of gold-diggers to find an honest woman. But when the beautiful girl in the seat next to him becomes a courtside spectacle at the hands of her loser boyfriend, he can’t help but step in and save the day.

One kiss. Two strangers. No strings attached.

The only problem is, Chase is used to getting whatever he wants. And after kissing Gemma once, he knows one thing…

He wants more.

NOT YOU IT’S ME is a full-length, standalone contemporary romance about a girl who doesn’t believe in love… and the man who changes her mind. Due to sexy-times and strong language, it is intended for readers 17 and up.

I went into this book in a bit of a book slump. So, I thought what better way to get out of it then to read a light-hearted romance?! But to my surprise Not You It’s Me was also funny and had a few dramatic moments in there as well. This was my first experience with one of  Julie Johnson’s books; but I enjoyed her witty-banter and easy flowing writing so much that I will be reading more from her!

“You’re my karma, sunshine. And I’m pretty sure you were made for me.”

Gemma Summers has pretty much given up on men. She doesn’t trust them, has never been in love, and the one try she gave at a “real” relationship he turned out to be a rat bastard. So, when a sexy mysterious guy saves her from several embarrassing moments at a basketball game she expects him to be like all the rest of the men that have been in and out of her life. Well, Chase Croft is definitely not like anything she has known before!

I loved the banter and funny little games (two truths and a lie was hilarious) that Gemma and Chase played with each other. I also loved the sexual tension between the two of them… talk about fireworks! I did find Gemma to be a bit irritating at times. She is a sweetheart and definitely speaks her mind, but I don’t know that she always thinks before she speaks and then there were times when she had the chance to really lay it all out there and get things off her chest, that was the one time that she had nothing to say (keeping it spoiler free here LOL).

“I’ll stay, sunshine. For you, I’ll stay.”

Not You It’s Me, is a standalone and I don’t know that the author has any plans on continuing these characters stories. However, I would like to put my vote in for Phoebe or even Parker getting their own book. I would also like to see where this characters end up, as the book ended a bit quickly for me with no epilogue (I NEED an epilogue– gotta have an epilogue in a book). Overall this was a book that made me laugh, held my attention, and was an unexpected read.