Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Clover by Braxton Cole

Clover Watson wants more from life than what she can find on her daddy's farm in southern Oregon. Young, smart, and driven, she has a plan and she refuses to be distracted from her goals. After four years at the University of Washington in Seattle, she heads home for the summer with her diploma and an acceptance letter to graduate school at University of Portland. She's sure she’s got things all figured out.

Except for Jake Feldman. He was one of her childhood friends, and she hasn't seen him since she left for college four years ago. This summer he's back in town and all grown up -- sweet, handsome, and completely smitten with Clover.

At first, she thinks a harmless summer fling is the perfect reward for her hard work at school. But as the summer continues and their romance grows, Jake challenges everything she thought she knew about herself and her plans. When the end of summer comes, Clover is forced to evaluate what she really wants, but can she find a way to write Jake into her life?

I'm gonna tell you a secret...I rarely read blurbs any more. I go solely on past reading experiences with an author or close friends who's opinions I trust. After reading Blown I didn't need any convincing to pick up Clover. And I'm glad I did.

We get to spend a summer falling in love with Clover Watson and Jake Feldman. Jake has crushed on and been in love with Clover since he first laid eyes on her, despite her being three years older. But for Clover he was always the neighbor kid who was friends with her baby brother and spent the summers with his Aunt. It's not until Clover is home for the summer, after college, that she sees the boy she knew has grown into quite the desirable man. Their history together only strengthens their romance and allows them to see if what they feel is just a summer fling or will survive them each going back to the lives they left behind. It's a summer of counting down the days and wishing the end would never come. Clover's plan is to go back to Portland to start a Masters program while Jake is to go home to his parents in Salem and community college.

There are moments of doubt for Jake as he pushes down feelings of inadequacy, not believing his luck that Clover finally would want to be with him, that she's in a league he'll never be apart of. The thing is, never, not once does Clover ever see that. Even when she's not ready to voice her love for Jake she always makes sure to tell him and show him just how important he truly is to her.

During the course of the book you spend the summer in the present with Clover and Jake but you also spend the past nine summers in flash back chapters that show the reader who they were as children and the lives they led, where they came from and how they became who they were to each other. This is vitally important because in the present there is a force threatening Clover that exposes a dark secret in Jake's past. 

I genuinely loved all of these characters and their story. I however wanted so much more. The ending both satisfied me and left me feeling like wait what's next? I had a few questions left unanswered and struggle with even if they are that important to answer because in the end Jake and Clover got their moment and that's all I truly wanted.


Braxton Cole lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends most of her time holed up in her office writing stories. When she's not writing, she can be found riding her bike, hiking the fabulous local trails, chasing her kids, or wishing that her thumb was a little more green. She has a bad habit of killing what she tries to grow, but hasn't given up hopes of one day being a successful urban farmer.
Braxton writes erotic romance because romance is the stuff that makes life great, and sex is fun. The two belong together, both in life and in fiction.
Twitter: @braxcole

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