Sandie and I almost always share what we’re reading with each other. Usually she’s reading something that she’s excited about and tells me about it. Then later on when I get a chance, I read it too. I knew I wanted to read this book, because Sandie’s excitement about it was infectious. So when I recently realized that the Kindle version was on sale, I didn’t think twice about clicking Buy Now. I was immediately glad that I did. I absolutely LOVED it and developed my latest literary crush on Jase Garrett. He’s the kind of guy I hope my daughter will meet someday (although, on second thought, maybe not until she’s older and out of the house!). So here’s why we love Jase Garrett:
What does he look like? Jase is tall and lean. He has wavy, chestnut hair with blond streaks. Jase also has green eyes and one of those quirky mouths that look like they are always about to smile.
What does he do? Jase is a junior in high school. He plays football and is training for a possible college scholarship. He also works for his father at his hardware store and most importantly, he lives next door to Samantha Reed.
Who does he love? Samantha “Sam” Reed, the posh and beautiful girl next door
Why him? Jase is an amazing guy. He’s an awesome big brother to his many younger siblings and a dedicated son to his hard-working parents. Jase is one of those quietly confident guys who is charming and sweet to everyone. He’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty and he genuinely cares about people, especially his family and of course, the love of his life, Sam. Jase is easy to talk to, because he’s a great listener. He loves cars and spends his free time fixing up his Mustang. Needless to say he’s very handy (!) and can fix just about anything. He constantly helps Samantha and even Tim Mason, despite the fact that he’s not crazy about Sam’s old friend (at first). Jase is pretty much the opposite of the stereotypical YA love interest — you know, the cocky jerkface with a hidden heart of gold; with Jase, what you see is what you get, and that’s a very good thing indeed.
Swoon Worthy Quotes:
“Um. So … Are we going to study?”
Jase slides his thumbs behind my ears, rubbing the hollow at their base. He’s only inches from my face, still looking into my eyes. “You bet. I’m studying you.”
“You have to kiss me,” I find myself saying.
“Yeah.” He leans closer. “I do.”
But here’s the truth: In movies, it’s never half so lovely as it is here and now with Jase.
“Shhhh.” He pulls on my lower lip gently with his teeth, then fits his mouth to mine. First so careful, and then so deep and deliberate, that I can’t think of anything at all but his smooth back under my hands.