Successful Texas lawyer, Reade Walker, curses that damn song every time it plays, all too aware of the irony of its lyrics. After all, he has been secretly and painfully enamored with Jesse’s girl, Gwen, for nearly a decade. It was love at first sight for him, but sadly she’s not his girl. She belongs to the one man who betrayed him and knows Reade’s hidden family secret. Yet Reade can’t seem to love anyone except the one woman he can’t have. Or can he make her mine?
When Gwen Clark’s senator husband runs off with his intern and all their money, the ensuing scandal turns her life upside down. Deserted, penniless and desperate to provide for her six-year-old daughter, Gwen has no one to turn to but Reade Walker. The one man her heart desperately wants, but her pride dreads having to ask for help. Despite welcoming them into his home, it seems like Reade can barely stand being in the same room with her anymore, let alone under the same roof—in the same bedroom. But Gwen is determined to get her life back on track. It is past time to rediscover her own dreams…if only she can keep her aching heart from breaking all over again.
-HEA (Happily Ever After) ENDING
-STANDALONE (not part of a series, no cliffhanger, fully wrapped-up novella)
-SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE
-INSTA-LOVE with a MEET CUTE
-HEAT LEVEL: SWEET & STEAMY
– 2020 Holt Medallion finalist for both Published Romance Novella and Best First Book
– 2020 Book Buyers Best Contest for Published Authors Finalist – Romance Novella
– 2020 CRW Beverley Contest Finalist for published authors
-2018 Orange Rose First Place Winner for Best Romance Novella by OCCRWA.org
-2018 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest 1st Place Winner for Contemporary Short
-The Catherine 2018 2nd Place Winner from the Toronto Romance Writers
-2018 Unpublished Maggie Awards Finalist
-2018 Golden Rose Contest Finalist – 2nd Place
-Maine Romance Writers 2017 Strut Your Stuff Finalist
-Pages from the Heart 2017 Finalist
Title: Jesse’s Girl
Author: Tara September
Narrator: Verla Bond
Genre: contemporary romance, unrequited love, friends to lovers
Part of a Series: no
POV: Gwen and Reade
Steam: slow burn to steamy
Jesse’s Girl is the second book I’ve read by Tars September. While a good story I wanted more. It kind of felt incomplete without an epilogue showing Gwen’s divorce being finalized, her custody or where her and Reade ended up moving, if they went anywhere. This also feels like it could become a series with different main characters. Tats September does a great job conveying emotion but Jesse’s Girl fell a little flat. Overall the premise is fun and it could be better with an epilogue. I didn’t really connect with the characters.
I received this audiobook for free by my request from StoryOrigin. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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