Title: Prom Queen
Series: Bad Boy Homecoming #3
Author: Katee Robert
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 27 June 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from NYT Bestselling Author Katee Robert.
Jake Davis had it all in high school—a scholarship to his college of choice, a promising football career, and the gorgeous prom queen for a girlfriend. And then he lost it all when he was injured right after graduation. Ten years later, he’s mostly made his peace with that, and now runs a company that provides women with dates for special events. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that the ex who left him in the dust needs a fake boyfriend for their high school reunion…
Jessica Jackson used to be the mean girl to end all mean girls. But life didn’t turn out like she’d thought it would, and now she’s twenty-eight, single, and works as an insurance agent to A-listers instead of being the A-lister like she’d always dreamed. She can’t go back to her home town and admit just how thoroughly she’s failed, so she lets her friends set her up with a fake date for the reunion.
The second Jessica realizes that her fake date is Jake, she tries to call the whole thing off. The problem is the chemistry between them is even hotter now than it was when they were teenagers. Against her better judgment she lets herself get drawn into Jake’s arms again—and into his bed. But time doesn’t heal all wounds—sometimes, it actually makes them worse—and if Jessica and Jake can’t learn to forgive each other, their second chance might not last the weekend.
Jessica was the ultimate queen bitch in High School, over the last ten years she has had a lot of time to reconcile her behaviour and deal with the guilt and regret she carries with her. Life hasn’t exactly turned out as she had planned when she left Catfish Creek in her dust. Having burned a lot of bridges in her need for escape, Jessica finds herself in the position of hiring a date for the 10 year reunion to avoid judgement from the people she tortured during her high school reign; as well as providing a barrier between herself and her first love, Jake.
Jake carries a lot of bitterness toward Jessica from her callous departure when he needed her the most, following an injury that ended his hopes of a football career. Although Jake has become very successful in the time they have been apart by providing an elite dating service for women. None other than the dating service Jessica uses to hire her date for the reunion!!!
Jake vets all the new applications so he is the first person to see Jessica’s application and takes it upon himself to get a little payback on Jessica. Although Jake is ultimately a good guy and he is able to see the changes Jessica has worked hard to make in the period they have been apart.
Jessica has worked hard on overcoming her emotional barriers that translate in the bitch persona she embraced in high school. It is obvious from the moment we meet Jessica’s mother as to why Jessica needed to create the barriers in the first place. Constant criticism and disparaging remarks ensured Jessica had little control over her life growing up, resulting in a fragile self-confidence and the need to inflict the same pain she was in on others. While this only served to add to Jessica’s negative view of herself it was the only way she had some control at the time.
Jake was aware of the real Jessica beneath the defence mechanism all those years ago, but the woman Jessica has become takes Jake pleasantly by surprise, calling into question his actions with the fake date.
It is obvious that neither Jessica or Jake have fully moved on from their relationship in High School and the chemistry is more than evident at their initial meeting. Sparks soon fly out of control but can Jessica and Jake reconcile their new lives with their rekindled feelings.
I really liked how Jessica took ownership of her faults and worked hard to alter the negative tendencies into something positive she could be proud of. Rather than reverting to her learned behaviour in the face of criticism, Jessica continues to make progress in becoming the type of person she wants to be. Jake is utterly adorable and a good guy to his core even when he tries to be bad 😉
I really like the interconnected characters within this mini-series, ensuring the need to want to dig deeper into all of their stories.
I have to say I desperately wanted an epilogue for Jessica and Jake to be able to witness where the future would take them. I would also love for Jessica’s friends, Brooklyn and Cora, to get their own stories because there are definitely hints within the narrative that they have their own stories to tell 🙂