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Blurb (from Goodreads):
In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.
Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.
But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Jemma wants to go to film school, and doesn’t want to date the boy her entire family wants her to date – Ryder.
Can Jemma make it to film school? And does she really hate Ryder?
This was a sweet contemporary romance novel, and I liked that Ryder and Jemma didn’t let their parents influence their relationship.
Jemma was quite a harsh girl, she held grudges, and wasn’t going to let anyone dictate to her how she should live her life! She called Ryder a jerk, but in truth Ryder had done one thing wrong, and she had it held against him for 4 years! (Best not to get on this girls wrong side!)
I liked Ryder, and I liked how he continued to love Jemma, and to support her when she really needed it, even when she was being mean to him.
The storyline in this was okay, and we did get some tornados, and unexpected death, and the truth finally coming out to liven things up. Having never been anywhere near a tornado before it was actually quite interesting to read about tornado warning alarms and tarpaulins and parcel tape.
The romance in this was actually quite light, and while we did get a couple of kisses and a bit of flirting, the relationship built quite slowly, and was based more on trust and real feelings than lust.
The ending was pretty good, and I loved how Ryder and Jemma managed to fool their parents into agreeing to their college plans. I do however think that this pair’s relationship is never going to be simple or easy though!
Overall; fun, light, YA contemporary romance,
7 out of 10.