Date published: February 18th, 2014
Publisher: Literally Alpaca Illustrations, LLC
Synopsis: When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.
Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.
What I Thought:
I've always loved second chance stories. I'm not quite sure why. I think it has to do with rediscovering the love a couple has. It gives me hope that love can be reclaimed if it ever feels like it's gone. I was really hoping Jake and Emma would be able to find their way back to each other.
I was a little confused when I read the prologue. I wasn't sure if it was a flashback or something that had been taken out of the book. It may have just been he fact I was reading something that hadn't been formatted properly for my e-reader. All of that fell away once I started reading the first chapter.
While I liked Jake and Emma, I wasn't sure why they'd parted ways in the first place. When that part of their story was shared, I was as surprised as Jake. I really did think Emma was callous then and I didn't like her very much at that moment. However when I saw how she was when he was around at the wedding and got to know her, I liked her even if I still didn't fully understand her reasons. I didn't really understand what Gaby's motivation was to invite Emma to her wedding and be part of it. However I did know Emma was a good friend to go back for it even though it caused her great distress.
The story is engrossing and there is a lot going on with the wedding everyone is attending as well as the reveals of Emma's life. I felt so bad for her and happy she'd found her way out of that. There were some moments of laughter and lots of moments that made me go, "Awww."
My eyes even got a little watery as I read about the heartbreak they both experienced. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the rest of the Knight brothers books.
About the Author
Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure. She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.