Learning to Love
by Jennifer Wilck
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Dina Jacobs is a single librarian who has never fit in due to her off-the-charts intelligence, frizzy hair and rounder-than-socially-acceptable figure. She left her past behind until she receives an invitation to her ten-year high school reunion, and all her insecurities return.
Adam Mandel is a single corporate attorney who just missed his third deadline at his father’s law firm, the law firm where he is up for junior partner. With his reputation on the line, Adam needs all the help he can get to convince his father that he deserves the promotion.
When Dina and Adam run into each other on a deserted road, Dina thinks Mr. Flashypants can’t possibly be interested in someone like her. Adam thinks Dina is just the person to help him improve his reputation. Lies and insecurities force them to take a look at themselves. Can they trust each other to look beyond the surface?
“Cold?” Adam turned and stopped in front of her.
She nodded, and he adjusted her scarf, the backs of his fingers caressing her cheeks and jaw. His warm breath tickled her nose and up close, she could see flecks of silver and brown in his eyes. A small scar marked the top of his cheekbone, beneath his eye, and without thinking, she touched it.
He froze, a sharp intake of breath making Dina realize she’d actually made contact. As if the texture of his skin beneath the tip of her finger wasn’t enough evidence.
“I’m sorry,” she said, drawing her hand away.
“No, it’s okay.” He took her hand and held it against his cheek. She could see his pupils dilate, feel the rasp of stubble beneath her palm.
“How did you get it?” she asked.
“A fight in the third grade. Tommy D teased me for talking to the girl everyone used to make fun of in class. So I decked him. He got me back and we both got detention.”
Dina couldn’t help smiling. “Aw, you were her knight in shining armor.”
He reddened. “You’re the only one who thinks I was.”
“Not true. She probably thinks so as well. Since I know who my competition is, I’ll have to give you my ribbon to carry or something.”
At his look of confusion, she continued. “In medieval times, a lady gave her knight a favor, such as a ribbon, and he’d joust for her.”
Taking her hand from his cheek, he raised it to his lips and kissed the backs of her fingers. “So you want me to fight for you?”
Ever read a read a book and you just couldn’t put it down? Sure, everyone has one of those or a couple of hundred. And sure you’ve heard bloggers say that all the time but with this one, I really couldn’t put it down. This is my first book by Ms. Wilck and definitely won’t be my last.
Her writing is raw, real and emotional. What could have been a typical book about opposites attracted, throw some major family issues, the girl has some major insecurities about herself and THEN throw in some mean girls from high school? This book surprised in so many ways and I loved it. Dina and Adam surprised me. While Ms. Wilck tried to make Adam a player and somewhat an alpha male, I read right through him. He was nothing but sweet. Plus, he really just wanted someone to love and for someone to love him back. I won’t go into that because that’s a major plot point and its relatable on all the levels. Adam really is a sweet guy and a HUGE romantic. The flowers and cards. *swoon*
Dina is the girl that you WISHED you were. No seriously. She has her own issues but nothing that you or I haven’t gone through or maybe still go through. The high school reunion is epic. I hated mine but I went anyway and Ms. Wilck is right about one thing…the mean girls NEVER grow up but you can be and will be better than them. Dina, through all of her insecurities, knows that she loves Adam but can she really trust him when the tough get going?
As mentioned in her bio, she writes Jewish characters. I grew up with a bunch of friends that were Jewish so reading the temple scenes were great. It makes me miss those times with them. BTW, I’m not Jewish. However, growing up we did celebrate, in our gentile ways, with our friends. If I had a niggle of a complaint, I wish that we learned more about Adam and his faith. But hey, he showed up and it was fantastically done.
I love The Wild Rose Press and their authors. This book is another hit from them and I hope that more people find it to read. The romance is a slow burn, the writing is emotional and real and the characters are people that you actually wish you could be friends with. I couldn’t put it down and neither will you.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end with happily ever after.
In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. When she’s not writing, she loves to laugh with her family and friends, is a pro at finding whatever her kids lost in plain sight, and spends way too much time closing doors that should never have been left open in the first place. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate.
She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters. She’s published with The Wild Rose Press and all her books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Wild Rose Press.
She can be reached at www.jenniferwilck.com or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Wilck/201342863240160. She tweets at @JWilck. Her blog (Fried Oreos) is www.jenniferwilck.blogspot.com and she contributes to Heroine With Hearts blog monthly http://www.heroineswithhearts.blogspot.com.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE:
Jennifer Wilck will be awarding a $15 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.