Overall Rating: 4 Stars
To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
Jason Thorn… My brother’s childhood friend.
Oh, how stupidly in love with that boy I was. He was the first boy that made me blush, my first official crush. Sounds beautiful so far, right? That excitement that bubbles up inside you, those famous butterflies you feel for the very first time—he was the reason for them all. But, you only get to live in that fairytale world until they crush your hopes and dreams and then stomp on your heart for good measure. And boy did he crush my little heart into pieces.
After the stomping part he became the boy I did my best to stay away from—and let me tell you, it was pretty hard to do when he slept in the room right across from mine.
When tragedy struck his family and they moved away, I was ready to forget he ever existed.
Now he is a movie star, the one who makes women of all ages go into a screaming frenzy, the one who makes everyone swoon with that dimpled smile of his. Do you think that’s dreamy? I certainly don’t think so. How about me coming face to face with him? Nope still not dreamy. Not when I can’t even manage to look him in the eye.
Me? I’m Olive, a new writer. Actually, I’m THE writer of the book that inspired the movie he is about to star in on the big screen. As of late, I am also referred to as the oh-so-very-lucky girl who is about to become the wife of Jason Thorn.
Maybe you’re thinking yet again that this is all so dreamy? Nope, nothing dreamy going on here. Not even close.
This was such a cute, unique story that was executed very well! The entire premise: a girl who has been in love with her brother’s best friend for most of her childhood becomes a successful author who writes a story based on this love, then, when that book is optioned for a movie, that same boy she loved is offered the part as the main character. Such a fun premise that didn’t disappoint.
And, yes, while the storyline was very fun and sweet, it also had just enough depth. The characters were well-developed and well-rounded. Jason wasn’t overly perfect, he has his demons and reasons for those demons.
I’m not going to lie, a lot of what made me love this book was the fact that I’ve totally been in Olive’s shoes before. I used to have a huge crush on my brother’s friend, so all the flashbacks to Olive and Jason’s childhood interactions were so real for me! LOL!
It can be hard to find a unique storyline in the world of contemporary romance, so even more kudos to this book for finding one and bringing it to life.
Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars
I believe this is the first book I’ve listened to narrated by Lidia Dornet and I was not disappointed. She has a great voice and wonderful voice-acting, though she isn’t my favorite female narrator, I still really enjoyed her performance.
And, as I’ve said before, I love me some Sebastian York. 🙂
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
Maybe it is because of my own familiarity with the whole falling-for-your-brother’s-friend thing, but the butterflies were definitely active for this book!
Re-read Worthiness: No
I likely won’t reread this one, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because there weren’t any scenes I feel like I absolutely must relive.
Bookshelf Placement: Maybe
I certainly would buy this book if I found it for an awesome price!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars
I actually think I liked Jason more when he was younger — I love how he treated Olive when they were teenagers — as an adult he was a bit of a hot mess.