I met him over five years ago, when I was still going to the University of Tennessee. I was on spring break and having drinks at a local bar called Havens at home in Huntsville. That was the exact moment when my path collided with Jamieson Wellington and my life was forever changed. He was unlike anyone I had ever met before. I knew I would never be able to forget him after that night, nor did I want to. But unfortunately for us, fate was not kind.
Now as I sit on this airplane about to leave for my bachelorette party in Las Vegas, I look up to lock eyes with the one person who continuously haunts me, day and night. I fight back a sick feeling in my gut, knowing my life has just forced me to a crossroads. I feel the static electricity in the air between us and I know I’m not strong enough to resist him. I never have been, but this time I have so much more to lose. This time Jamieson may just ruin me completely.
Review by Amanda
Lovely Distraction is the story of Jenna and Jamieson. When we are first introduced to the pair, Jenna is on her way to Las Vegas for her last hurrah before her wedding. However, as we all know what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas.
Jenna and Jamieson have a tortured and tormented past - he is the man that left her devastated and heartbroken, and unable to find a man that will ever measure up. She has finally moved on with her life and is on the cusp of marrying Cain, when Jamieson intervenes. A drunken night in Vegas results in a night that Jenna cannot remember. Although the damage has already been done, Jenna flees home to the sanctuary of her friends and family.
As truths of the past begin to surface, Jenna realises that not everything between her and Jamieson was as it seemed. Jamieson desperately wants to rekindle the romance with Jenna, but will it be a case of too little too late. Will Jenna be able to finally put the past behind her and move on - and will she do it with or without Jamieson?
I freaking LOVED this book. I have been an avid fan of J.J. Dorn since the release of her first book, and I can honestly say, each book shows growth in such leaps and bounds - it is truly amazing. I loved these characters, I loved the secondary characters - and I loved the fact that we were kept constantly guessing with regards to the story line.
Jamieson is the epitome of what all of us want in a man - he is successful, charming, easy on the eyes and a freak in the sheets. The relationship that he has with Jenna is tumultuous at best (for reasons that you will discover throughout the book). He is someone that sacrifices himself for his family and as a result of that he loses the one thing that held more value to him than any riches. We get to see his torment and his pain - and it is a palpable, living thing.
When we meet Jenna, one of the things that I really related to about her, is that she is just your average girl - she has hang ups as we all do, about not being enough. Her world is turned upside down by Jamieson who makes her feel like she is the most beautiful girl in the world. However, Jenna's heart is left tattered and torn by the relationship she has with Jamieson and we see her struggle to rebuild herself, and we see her comparing every man to the incomparable Jamieson. Although, Jenna was knocked down, she certainly wasn't out - and I loved her tenacity and strength of will. There were times that I wanted to just take her aside and ask "What are you doing - leave him alone now?" but that is what I loved about this book - it stirred up really strong emotions within me.
I also loved the secondary characters in this book - we get to meet Jenna's family, who are beloved. They are close knit and watch a lot of trashy television, this will make you laugh out loud.
We also meet the inner circle of friends - and I swear, I fell in love with Julian as soon as I started reading. Jenna's girlfriends are her rock - and I really love the relationship between three strong women, building one another up as opposed to breaking each other down.
Finally, we have Ethan, Jamieson's older brother... SWOON! He is mine - and I am putting my dibs out now even before his book is released. His character is devastating, in the best possible way - I cannot wait to read more about him.
This book switches between the past and the present, but it is done in a really skilful and well written way - there is no confusion and the flow is seamless.
I am giving this book 4.5 magnificent stars - I am a HUGE fan J.J. Dorn and you continue to make my reading heart incredibly happy.
Meet J.J. Dorn
J.J. Dorn lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and terrifyingly maniacal cat, Pippa Kiddleton. J.J. also lived in Oklahoma City for six wonderful years where she attended law school and worked as an attorney. She currently owns three American Paint Horses. She has been riding and competing since she was a very young child. J.J. competes on a national level with her horses. When she isn’t spending time at the barn, she is busy working on her next novel. Please visit www.jjdornbooks.com for more info. There are frequent sneak peeks of current projects!
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