Ten years after being voted Most Likely to Succeed, Kelsey Moore is still living in her hometown, still working in her family’s flower shop, and too embarrassed to attend her high school reunion. Only the chance to reconnect with her study buddy—and secret crush—Nathan Barrow tempts her to go.
Nathan isn’t sure why he came back for the reunion after spending the past decade working abroad. But when he runs into his former lab partner, Kelsey, he’s sure glad he did. The chemistry between them is as potent as ever, and when she offers him a weekend of wild, no-strings-attached sex, Nathan knows he’d be a fool to say no.
Nathan can’t be tied to one place for long. But the more time they spend together—in and out of bed—the more Kelsey wonders if their reunion could become something more permanent. That is, if Nathan is still interested when he finds out she’s been less than honest with him about her life since graduation…
What attracted me at first to this book, and the Girls Most Likely To series that it kicks off, was the cover. It had that old-school high school yearbook thing going on. It was bright, bold and colourful – a nice change from the oft-overused pastel palette.
And to the story itself….
That’s some hot opening scene action between Kelsey and Nathan – you can feel the 10 years-plus of pent-up need coming right off the page. Very sexy. They make for a very well-matched pair.
I like the setting of the school reunion for this series. It brings back a whole lot of memories of school for me (even though my high school experience was different – I went to an all-girls school in Sydney). The pub they all meet in reminds me of some of the dodgy pubs I used to frequent – furniture that smells like stale beer, feet welded to the sticky floor. Good times!
This was a quick read, as would be expected from a novella, but I didn’t feel as if I missed out on anything in regard to character or plot development. There was that dark moment/misunderstanding where Kelsey does react adversely to Nathan’s ill-thought-out attempt to help her with work. However, there was no flouncing off, victim-victim stuff which was great. I also really loved that there was no epilogue, no sudden babies or quickie weddings – just the two of them being together, looking forward to their future together.
I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. I’ve got to admit, I am a bit of a sucker for reunion/second-chance stories at the moment, thanks to stories like Most Likely to Succeed.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5
Release date: 25 March 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.