Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: The Hardest Fall, , Marriage for One
Series: Love & Hate #1
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Jason Thorn… My brother’s childhood friend.
Oh, how stupidly in love with that boy I was. He was the first boy that made me blush, my first official crush. Sounds beautiful so far, right? That excitement that bubbles up inside you, those famous butterflies you feel for the very first time—he was the reason for them all. But, you only get to live in that fairytale world until they crush your hopes and dreams and then stomp on your heart for good measure. And boy did he crush my little heart into pieces.
After the stomping part he became the boy I did my best to stay away from—and let me tell you, it was pretty hard to do when he slept in the room right across from mine. When tragedy struck his family and they moved away, I was ready to forget he ever existed.
Now he is a movie star, the one who makes women of all ages go into a screaming frenzy, the one who makes everyone swoon with that dimpled smile of his. Do you think that’s dreamy? I certainly don’t think so. How about me coming face to face with him? Nope still not dreamy. Not when I can’t even manage to look him in the eye.
Me? I’m Olive, a new writer. Actually, I’m THE writer of the book that inspired the movie he is about to star in on the big screen. As of late, I am also referred to as the oh-so-very-lucky girl who is about to become the wife of Jason Thorn. Maybe you’re thinking yet again that this is all so dreamy? Nope, nothing dreamy going on here. Not even close.
To Love Jason Thorn is a full-length standalone, which also contains some pretty hot and descriptive sex scenes. *winks*
Okay… wow. That’s it, that’s the review. In all seriousness, I absolutely adore Ella Maise! Her previous book that I read The Hardest Fall was one of my favorite books of 2019! She writes such fun characters and uses all my favorite tropes but brings them to LIFE!
It’s a huge perk to be a bookish person reading about other bookish people! The main character, Olive, is an indie writer. She wrote a book (with the main character based on her childhood crush) and made it big – now, her book is being auctioned into a movie! Yayyyy! There were some really fun author-y scenes scattered in here, and I was happy for Ms. Maise, clearly living through Olive. Best of luck to you, Ella. Someday, you’ll have your shot…
So remember when I said Olive’s book was based on her real-life childhood crush? That childhood crush was her brother’s best friend, Jason Thorne. He’d even half-lived with them back in the day, starting when Olive was eight, all the way until (I think) fifteen? Sooooooo what’s a girl gonna do (as in Olive, the MC author fresh-out-of-college character) when the guy the book was inspired by shows up and plays the part of the main character in the movie version of the book he (unknowingly) inspired? Panic, clearly. All Jason remembers is cute itty-bitty little Olive, his best friend’s silly little sister. Not anymore!
But oh no, she’s older now ? a full adult ? available ? a lovely person ? and he’s intrigued!! ? He missed her ?
Do you know what happens after you start acting like you’re in love with a girl? Or, hell, forget about being in love, do you know what happens when you act like you’re dating each other? Falling for each other? No? Let me tell you what happens: you start to get lost in your own fucking game. You begin to think you’re actually dating each other
Part of what I love so much about Ms. Maise is that she takes tropes we all know and love, and gives them life, so they’re utterly fantastic. The second-chance romance from a childhood crush was done to PERFECTION (Olive’s panic just so well done, please applaud accordingly). Olive is embarrassed and overwhelmed, and really just wants him to leave her alone so she can panic and fangirl alone. He’s a celebrity actor now!! He got better! Lawdy, poor dear.
Then, there’s the marriage of convenience that has to happen because reasons that just really worked for me. Jason and Olive are forced to be in close proximity, love each other not from afar but still privately in their own minds and ahhhhhhh the angsty-ness of it just gave ME life!
Overall, the book delivered exactly what I wanted: a sweet, flirty second-chance romance that was sexy hot in the end. Olive and her inner dialogue was hilarious and cracked me up with her little pep talks. And Jason… oh man. He was always “like Olive’s older brother,” but when he saw her for the first time several years later… something sparked, even if he didn’t immediately notice it, and it was delicious.
It was so interesting to watch his perception change and try to keep his paws off her (even if we were rooting for him to lose). A bit friends-to-lovers on this one was precious ? There were a few things that caused that half star to get knocked off, like the overuse of the nickname “little one” and the amount of drunken Olive we got, but it was so sweet and flirty and fun and ahhhhh I can’t wait to pick up another Ms. Maise book! (Check out other reviews of Kindle Unlimited books)
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Have you read an Ella Maise book? What’s your favorite book featuring a second-chance romance or marriage of convenience trope? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!