Finn awakes with a colossal hangover and a pair of girl's underwear jammed in his pocket. It's not the first time he's had sex at a party, but it is the first time he doesn't know the girl's identity. Thinking he'll never see her again he heads to the Jersey Shore for a summer of sun, sand and sex.
While down at the shore, Jess and Finn find themselves thrown together time and time again, eventually forging an unlikely friendship. By the time Finn realizes he's fallen for her, Jess is with someone else. Will Finn be able to convince Jess that he is the one for her, or will his bad boy reputation haunt him forever?
I’m going to jump right into this review with the positives, of which there were many, in an attempt to cushion the blow of my criticisms, because the author seems like such a genuinely sweet, gracious, talented woman. So, here’s the stuff I loved about this book:
With that said, I also had some problems with the story:
But all that being said, given the strength of the positives in the story and the writing voice, I sincerely believe future books from this author will only continue to get better and better. And while this story didn’t resonate strongly with me, I’ll be keeping an eye on this author and expect great things from her in the future.
Full disclosure: the author generously offered a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, but I didn’t take it. I downloaded via Kindle Unlimited.
Design Dude cover review: To coincide with Jennifer's review, I'll start with the positives. The cover design is very clean with an attractive photo that provides many clues that relate directly to the characters and the plot. Would have liked to see a little bit of a wider crop on the image (if possible) but that's nit-picking at best.
My concerns about the cover design center entirely on the clumsy handling of the typography. The title type is rendered in an old-fashioned script font with an odd outline and drop shadow. I understand those effects were probably used to help make the type easier to read given that it crossed over sections of the photos that were both light and dark but that's no excuse. If the photo is creating that many challenges, it's always better to find a new photo rather than compromise other elements of the design. The author name type appears to be unnaturally stretched with an odd amount of kerning between letters and effects that match the title type.
Overall, the pleasing photo dominates the cover which is great. Unfortunately, the designer apparently didn't take the time to find a strong photo that would also lend itself to equally effective typographic solutions. The compromise hurts the end results but not enough to completely ruin the end results.
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