Just A Fling
Rating: 3 Stars
Law student Dawn Mathison's steamy summer romance with solar developer Callan Marlowe is just a fling... until it isn't. Swept off her feet-and into lots of different positions-by the sexy Brit, Dawn believes Callan is The One... right until he dumps her. But that was last summer. Now, she is living her dream with a kick-ass job in New York City and couldn't care less about Callan. Not one bit. Truly. Callan left Dawn broken-hearted, confused, and pissed-off. But, dammit, he doesn't do serious relationships. Not after his past. It doesn't matter anyway because he'll never see Dawn again. Which is for the best. Really. When a twist of fate brings Callan back into Dawn's life-and into her office-their sizzling attraction reignites. Maybe this time around, they won't get too serious. But fate has a sense of humor. Because Callan thinks Dawn is The One who can help him. And maybe turn their hot affair into something more?
Where do I start? I think this book had a lot of potential and maybe most of the things are a me issue. I mean the book is well written and has some incredibly funny moments in it. But it was so predictable that it hurt. Like it was pretty clear early on what Callan was hiding, but it was just a build up, that really wasn't necessary for a romance novel. Maybe like a thriller. The story goes from the present day when Dawn and Callan bump into one another, to randomly shifting back to the one summer they had together. And it drove me crazy because it was just sexual attraction, no intimacy was really built between them. The whole summer is just Dawn convinced they are going to be together for ever and Callan only seeing her as a fling.
Perhaps most annoying, Dawn who has always been a high achiever and goal oriented just randomly gives up caring about school and law because she's so focused on Callan... she's ready to change her whole life... and she isn't even in a relationship really. They know next to nothing about one another. When they meet again and she decides to give him another chance, he sees her as a way to fix what is wrong with him... Like somehow she is supposed to cure the trauma he suffers even though he hasn't seen a professional. I just really struggled with this one. I think that it is completely possible that these were just me issues. However, I wanted more. I think it would have been better if it ended without a HEA.