*I received a free copy of Jilted from Loveswept via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: Love Hurts #2
Published by Loveswept on 11 July 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love.
Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.
Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.
Jilted was a feel-good romance, second-chance-at love story that had lots of obstacles in the way for the two main characters.
Bennett really has a way to reign in her readers, and that’s exactly what happened when I started reading Jilted! Both Eden and Coop were great characters, which made understanding where Coop was coming from in the beginning a bit easier to deal with. And everyone who has ever chatte books with me know that second chance at love is one of my all time favorite tropes! Eden and Coop had both been through their personal hell, but meeting up again didn’t exactly make things any easier for either of them.
Jilted starts with Eden finding out that her fiancé has cheated on her, and after making the paparazzi aware of the fact, she decides to disappear to her hometown. Where she hasn’t been back since she started to become famous. Hiding in the mansion her grandmother had left for her seemed like the best idea. Until she realized that the mansion was Coop’s home as well now.
Jilted has many humorous moments, and even more hot ones! Coop and Eden trying to decide who got the best room, when to stay clear of each other, and how to try to stay away from each other was a hoot! There was a lot of animosity against Eden, though, and she couldn’t understand why nobody wanted to talk to her – apart from the one girl in high school she hadn’t ever really hung out with.
Fairly fast paced, and well written, Jilted was a hot romp of a read, but also touched on deeper subjects, like how people think they ‘know’ celebrities. And how even those who actually do know them can make mistakes when it comes to their personalities and how they would deal with things – or not – when there was trouble. Bennett always manages to make me feel sated with her stories, and this one really hit the mark! Written in first person, present tense, with dual point of view, the story flowed nicely and made me a happy reader.
Tonight I was publicly humiliated, lost my fiancé, and I already feel the terrible wight of anxiety pressing down on my chest, wondering what tomorrow’s headlines are going to bring. I really hate this town sometimes.
I’m not a long-term type of guy, and this is well known in our little town of Newberry not only because the residents have watched me be a playboy my entire adult life, but because I’ve made it very clear to more than one lady that I’m only into casual dating.