Cross My Heart by Katie Klein

1 Oct

ImageTitle: Cross My Heart

Author: Katie Klein

Published: March 2011

Pages: 225 (ebook)

True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Jaden pretending not to notice. . . .

Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past-a reputation-and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there’s no reason why, when they’re assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.

As they bond over Edith Wharton’s tragic novella, Ethan Frome, the “bad boy” vibe Parker plays begins to dissipate. Soon, Jaden finds herself shedding her own “good girl” image: sneaking around to be with him, confiding in him, and ultimately falling hard for this leather-wearing, motorcycle-driving loner who plays into the rebel stereotype.
Still, Jaden can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to Parker than he’s letting on. He’s hiding something from her, and discovering the truth means reconciling the Parker she’s grown to love with the person he really is. Because it’s possible that his life inside the classroom-everything Jaden knows-is one, massive lie.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

My Thoughts:

I had this book for a long, long time and I truly regret that I waited so long to read it. I shouldn’t have. This book was amazing! It’s a great YA romance that keeps you flipping the page like you can never read the book fast enough. It was the classic good-girl/bad-boy love story with a whole lot of twists that make it a unique, brilliant, romance!

Jaden and Parker’s relationship started out strained but little by little they grew to trust and confide in each other. Parker helped Jaden to let go and see that being perfect isn’t what its cracked up to be and Jaden helped to tear down the defensive wall that Parker put up to keep everyone else out.

The thing I loved most about Parker was that he was a sweet bad boy. He had the looks, the leather jacket, and the motorcycle, but without the jerk personality. In a lot of the books the bad boy starts off by being an annoying, crude, pompous ass, but Parker starts off being quiet, reserved, and sweet and I just loved him! 🙂

The end of this book is like a slap in the face! I did NOT see it coming! It was so clever and worked in to the whole plot so perfectly. This book was just amazingly written and was developed so well that even with an ending like it had everything fell right into place and made perfect sense.

I loved this book and will definitely read it again. It is a must read!

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