She didn’t know what she was missing…until he found her.
Maxwell Knight was positively trouble, dangerously good-looking, and seductively charming. He was everything Jeanella didn’t need in her life. Only Maxwell didn’t see it that way. His pursuit was relentless, making her even more determined to push him away.
Fresh out of college, life was simple and plain for Jeanella Mefferd. Every part of her life was smooth sailing; her friends, her job, and even the guy she’d started dating. Then one night, while at dinner, she spotted someone who made her feel things she’d never felt before—dangerous, heart pounding and breathless heat. Thinking she would never see him again, she brushed it off, but when she started to run into him unexpectedly, all she could think of was how he made her feel with his sweet flirtations. Everything about Maxwell Knight screamed trouble, especially when she found out he was her new boss’s son. Now, heading to a New York fashion show, would she be able to focus on her career instead of Maxwell, who had been scheduled to attend with her? As much as she tried to forget their encounters, his good looks, smooth words and determination to win her over gravitated her toward him. The next thing she knew, her mind was utterly consumed by him. Would she be willing to ignore all the dangerous signs and jump into his arms? Or would she miss out on the chance of finding something great?
Release Date: July 24, 2013
Review Copy: ARC, Mobi.
Being recommended this by a blogger I trust(Brittany from Spare Time Book Blog) I knew I was going to enjoy it but had no idea to what extent. This book had me almost in tears with its beautiful and mushy words and then broke my heart into pieces, making me want to scream and cry all at the same time. It's like a melody that fills you, pulls you in and yet there is an undertone, a hint of sadness and struggle. But it's beautiful in its complexity and has beautiful notes that pull it all together to make it something wonderful and captivating.
When starting this read I was prepared for a NA and I was not disappointed. Clarke created a realistic setting that housed characters that were easy to relate to and fall for. The writing flowed perfectly, with a pacing that pulled you along with no room to get board or wander. The fact that things got a little more interesting/complicated with the workplace situation kind of made me laugh because heck you knew that Max was going ti win the war.
I genuinely have a large amount of love for Jenna. She wasn't perfect but she was so real, what girl doesn't try and guard her heart at some point. Thing is that she seemed to always guard her heart and played everything safe, not wanting to risk her heart. That is kind of what made her easier to relate to was her hesitation and the fact that she analyzed things, not just jumping in without a second thought. But being young only happens once and Jenna grows, learns that sometimes the safest bet isn't the best best bet. Her growth was gradual, realistic but with all honesty I loved ever step she took. Jenna is definitely a top five fav for contemporary females.
To start Max came off as your typical cocky bad boy. He was the embodiment sexy and he knew how to get what he wanted but there was so much more to him it seems. Everyone needs a Max and I know it's hard to believe but I a, serious. This guy ended up being sweet, considerate and a complete gentleman. Though I did find myself a little irritated at times because you knew he was keeping secrets and you knew they were the kind that could change it all, I had to take a step back and realize there was a reason for it.
Jenna and Max had a great chemistry with nothing that was forced or rushed, though some people may feel their attraction was a little quick. Realistically if you think about it attraction is something that you either have or you don't it's everything that comes after that you have to work for and Jenna and Max had to fight for what they had. There was no insta love but there was insta attraction and put in Jenna's shoes heck I would be the same damn way. I will admit fully that I may have melted into a a puddle a few times just thinking about him. Max is for sure sexuality put into a nice suit and Jenna the girl that preferred the safe road instead of the rough road was seriously in for a treat.
With the end of this read cleaning things up wonderfully for Jenna and Max but kind of trailing off with Matthew and Becky (Jenna's BFF) I can't help but hope the next book I read will be on those two! M. Clarke (aka Mary Ting) has blown me away with her debt in New Adult and I look forward to reading more of it in the future! Sexy, emotional and addictive only grazes the surface of this novel. With vivid characters, exploding chemistry and perfect pacing I could not put this one down! If you are a fan of the NA craze that has been gaining speed I highly recommend picking up Something Great!
About the Author
M. Clarke aka Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.