All That Jazz
There’s something totally inconvenient about falling for your best friend’s brother. Especially when he’s a pompous, arrogant, albeit annoyingly sexy a-hole that you’d like to punch or kiss to death at any given moment. But when he does something unforgivable, will there there ever be a second chance for first love.
The summer Jazz turns eighteen, a stupid favor will blur the lines from friends to lovers between her and Joey Butler, leading to a summer will change the course of their lives forever. Now for three years they’ve pretended there’s nothing between them anymore and Jazz is finally ready to move on with the rest of her life and from what Joey did to her. But when Joey finally admits that Jazz is the one he’s always wanted, all bets are off.
This is a full length, standalone contemporary, friends to lovers and second chance romance. It is a spin off from the Eversea series and may therefore contain minor spoilers. This book is recommended for ages 17+ due to strong language and sexual situations.
I was super excited to read All That Jazz as soon as I found out it was a second chance romance. Cue irrational addition overload including squealing now.
Starting ATJ I was a little surprised at how Jazz (our h) reacted to Joey/Joseph (our H) upon his return to town. It was just BAM! weak-kneed puddle of goo. I couldn’t understand why she was so willing to stay where she was and endure the situation. I understood the phone call. I understood the conflict inside her, but I wanted to smack her into reality and say GET OUT NOW! And Joey made no sense to me. And honestly, when I go to the end, his initial interaction with her sorta made less sense. It was a little much for me…at first.
Before you say, “Oh, well, I don’t think that sounds like something I want to read” glance up and remember, this is a four cup book.
It was the end of high school, and the beginning of the rest of our lives.
Then it was summer.
I lost a lot of things that summer.
That summer changed me forever.
The timeline of the story goes present-past-present, so a ton of questions that the first bit created were answered as I kept reading. And I read it in an evening. One.
As I continued Jazz and Joey’s journey (told completely from Jazz’s POV) I began to see what contributed to her gooeyness in the beginning. She’s dealing with a lot of heartbreak, and like any 18 year old, she doesn’t do it in the most spectacular way. While I found her slightly obtuse at times, I sympathized with the fact that she just wanted some control. So much of her life was floating along in a sea of uncertainty it’s only right that she would be a little self-absorbed and singularly minded. Note – I said a little. Jazz is an amazing friend to Joey’s sister, Keri. She’s ambitious, loyal, caring, and full of heart.
And then there was Joseph. This dude. Joey is not exactly a surprising character. I knew his motivations, his intentions, and he reasoning for most of the book. Yeah, still a fan. I’m not the reader that needs characters to shock me or prove me wrong to love them. This is a guy who has seen what happens when you give up your dreams for another person (spoiler: it didn’t go well). Did he make a jerk move? Yes. Did I hold it against him? Yeah…not so much. Any animosity I felt toward him disa-freaking-ppeared by the end. Poof. Gone.
The push and pull between these two sucked me in from beginning to end. All That Jazz was an emotional story that left me wholly satisfied and content.
I received this book through a giveaway from the fabulous Romance Reveal Box. If you are looking for a way to find amazing new-to-you authors, you should check them out!