(Silver Strands, #3)
By: Lexi Scott
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Published: Aug. 18, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance
Genevieve Rodriguez’s life isn’t panning out the way she’s always envisioned. At all. Not only is she exactly one “D” away from getting kicked out of school, but her heart is in pieces after her long-time crush marries someone else. For Genevieve, sunny Silver Strand has never felt more dismal.
Then Adam Abramowitz, her super-cute, super-smart physics tutor—who never seems to notice even her sexiest tops—tells her his Visa is about to expire and he’s going to have to return to Israel.
Suddenly the words pop out Genevieve’s mouth before she can stop them. “Marry me.”
At first, it’s a joke…until it’s not. Because in that brief, unexpected moment, everything changes. The rules. The boundaries. And Adam and Genevieve are about to discover what happens when you push the limits.
Genevieve has been getting tutored by Adam for a while now. So, when he confides in her that he is looking at being deported back to Israel, she vows to help him figure it out. However, at her brother’s engagement party where not only are her aunt’s and family members asking her when she will get married, but her life-long crush is giving her pitying looks while snuggling close to his new bride, Genevieve blurts out the one thing that will shut everyone up and solve Adam’s problem. You guessed it, her and Adam (who just so happens to be one of the caterers at the event) are getting married! The only problem is, while they went into this expecting it to be a short-term platonic deal, as the wedding day approaches they find themselves taking the sanctity of marriage a little more seriously. This is a great case of friends to lovers where the line gets blurred but neither person is willing to fully cross the line and admit what they truly want.
Own Me rocked my world! I honestly wasn’t excepting much but a nice romance story but WOW! I mean, there’s no fancy footwork, no smoke and mirrors. Own Me is in fact a sweet romance, but it’s one that consumed me until the very end. I mean, here you have Genevieve who is the baby of a large Hispanic family. Everyone thinks she slacks off and doesn’t take life seriously. Then you have Adam who is from a very small Jewish family. A family where it’s pretty much just him and his disapproving father. To add to that, Adam is a total nerd. He’s in the states studying yeast. Yes, YEAST! I honestly don’t get it but I suppose someone needs to review and catalog what happens to yeast in different settings. Right? Yeah, I still don’t know about that, but that is what I loved about them. You have Adam who is all science-y and is a little OCD about having things on flash cards and data charts. Meanwhile, you have care-free Genevieve who wears impractical high heels and tight clothes, and is a serial dater. Genevieve is totally the yin to his yang. These two were absolutely PERFECT for each other.
“She’s the funny, outgoing beauty. I’m her serious, geeky friend. I think there’s a pretty popular sitcom based on this exact situation.”
I liked that the authors–yes, it’s a duo who wrote this amazing story–didn’t add some crazy drama in to spice things up. That for me is what really made this story amazing. It’s honestly two really good friends trying to help each other out, who then ultimately fall in love. Sure there’s the whole immigration looming over their heads but that’s about it. Nothing abnormal or overly dramatic. OH and the immigration “interrogation” (as Adam called it) was amazing. Kind of reminded me of that clip from The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. I mean, you have this immigration’s employee asking Adam about where they store their toilet paper and he just goes off into this tangent about abuelita’s and creepy crochet dolls. It was pretty funny. In fact, some of the spastic things that Adam does and says throughout the book was hilarious.
Not only was the story funny but oh-my-word does the author like to steam up the pages. I mean, seriously. Just wow. I didn’t know that nerdy Adam could get so sensual in the bedroom. My goodness. Yeah. I just need to move on.
Obviously, I could go on and on about this book. I loved it! Own Me has believable characters, humor, seriously sexy scenes, and great writing to back it all up. It is great as a stand-alone which is exactly how I read it. However, after reading this, I am definitely going back and reading the previous two books.
If you’re wondering what I’m talking about with The Proposal reference here’s a clip I found on Youtube. Enjoy!
Their wedding. There were just so many touching parts to it that I was swooning all over the damn place. This is just one of the parts (and the shortest) that stuck out to me.
“Down at the impossibly long aisle, Adam waits for me under the chuppah, his hands clasped behind his back, his face blank with terror.
Until he catches my eye.
His forehead furrows and he dips his head. He rubs a hand over his face and looks up, eyed wide. And I realize my scientist husband-to-be was wiping away tears.