by Beverley Kendall
***This book is also listed under the title Only For You.
College freshman Olivia Montgomery is thrilled at the chance to start over, escape the rumors that plagued her in high school. And she can finally put her juvenile crush, Zachary Pearson, where he belongs--in her past. Then her unrequited love strolls into her French class, shattering Olivia's newfound peace, and the feelings she'd thought buried for good come rushing back. Now she can't shake her unwanted attraction to the one guy who can twist her stomach into knots with just a smile...but has never given her the time of day.
Zach's good looks may have always gotten him his pick of girls, but it's the star quarterback's skill on the football field that gives him his pick of the Big Ten colleges. To escape the crushing demands of his win-at-all-costs father, Zach opts for a private university in upstate New York where...his present and past collide. And the one girl he's always wanted but can't have--and a class trip to Paris--turn out to be the ultimate game changer that has him breaking every one of his rules.
Recommended for readers +17 and up
Publisher: Season Publishing LLC
Publication Date: January 18, 2013
This book has been published under the title above, When in Paris, but also by the title Only For You. I will review it under the title I was approved for by NetGalley. Also, regarding the cover. Romance covers seem to be a love 'em or hate 'em type deal, so for me, I've learned not to judge romance books by their covers.
This book is written in dual point of view, switching back and forth from Olivia to Zach, which allows for the reader to gain deeper insight into the psyche of each character. There were a few stereotypes here: virginal girl falls for the super experienced guy, everyone is hot and has no trouble attracting any member of the opposite sex except for the one they really want, the relationship jumps from non-existent to much, much, more quite quickly.
But. There's more here. Olivia is a bit naïve and clueless about many things, but she's an independent person, living on campus quite self-sufficiently, and she doesn't stoop to doing stupid things to gain Zach's attention. Zach is a complex character of his own, tangled up in the pressures of an overbearing father and a clingy, unstable ex-girlfriend. He's not a Neanderthal (I seriously read too many books where I would be calling the cops on the main male character) and he doesn't treat Olivia like a bimbo. When the two of them end up on a class trip in Paris together, inhibitions fall away and they allow themselves to indulge in their feelings for one another.
I actually don't think that's too unrealistic. People behave differently on vacation all the time- it's that sensation of being away from reality for a short period of time. It's when they return home that they need to figure out how to proceed.
Rating: Worth a Look
I liked this one. There's more to both characters than what you see on the surface, and despite a few clichés, the writing is honest and the storyline has more depth than I expected. I've already requested the next one!
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.