Recommended by: The 3rd in the Stepp Sisters trilogy.
From the Back Cover: You have got to be kidding me! On a night like this, when most sane people are home to escape a blinding snowstorm, I happen to run into Millbrook’s biggest jerk, Nathaniel Peck, the boy who broke my heart at my junior prom. The one who kissed me on a dare and let his buddies laugh at me. Well, eat dirt, Nathaniel Peck, because you might have noticed me on the covers of a few magazines under the heading: Supermodel. I live in New York City now. I will be leaving as soon as the weather clears. And frankly, if it were a choice between kissing you or braving downed electrical wires, I’d have to think about it.
It’s official: I’ve regressed. It’s just that I can’t stand the Cult of Nathaniel Peck that has come over this town. Okay, so he is Chief of Police. So he did make sure I got home safely. So he didn’t try anything funny with me. So that old smirk has been replaced by a sexy, sad smile…No. People just do not change that much. Somewhere inside Nate is the same leering, conniving womanizer I remember. And I intend to prove it….
My Thoughts: I had my mind made up before I ever opened the book that I wasn’t going to like it. Why? Because I didn’t like how Nathaniel treated Marty in Wanting What You Get. I thought he was a jerk. And I thought this book was going to somehow try to reform him.
By page 40, I realized I’d made a mistake. I sympathized with Nate ~ felt so bad for him for what happened, and the fact that he wasn’t bitter. He was trying to make a better life for himself ~ be a better person. By page 50, I knew I’d really stepped in it. I liked Nate. I thought he was truly a decent guy and he was trying to be a good friend to Marty. And they were both suffering for it because though they tried to be friends, they both wanted more.
What didn’t I like? The use of the word “darling”. I just don’t see Nate using the word. But then again, I’m more of a “honey” kind of gal.
For me, this was between a Good and a Very Good read. I liked it. I’m almost sad to see the series end. I like the Stepp sisters and the world they live in. Luckily, I own the books now so I can revisit their world whenever I want to.