Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Heat Rating: SCORCHING (and sweetly innocent at the same time)
Braxton Cole is one of those writers that can truly write anything! I LOVED Clover! It was VERY different from her previous novellas (which I love in all their dirty, sexy, hot goodness). Clover is a book that reminds you of what it felt like to fall in love for the first time, the anxiousness, the confusion, the sweetness and the romance of that love all really shined in this book. This story has a sweet, almost innocence to it while at the same time delivering a good heat level and an INCREDIBLE story about two people seeing each other in a new way one summer day.
Jake and Clover, what a great pair! Braxton Cole does many things well, but my favorite thing about her writing is how real and approachable her characters are. She created such an easy story to fall into and swim around it, that is was really hard to leave these characters at the end (I would LOVE to see a novella or another book about what happens after the last pages of this story). Jake, is a nineteen year old who has always been in love with the girl next door (over the summer). Every year he is just a friend of Clover's brother, until this summer, when something sparks and Clover finally takes notice of Jake. Clover is the "older" woman at twenty-two, who is home only for the summer before she leaves again for school. She isn't looking for anything but to work, have fun stay focused on her goal of graduate school in the fall. Then she sees Jake again after four years and the sparks fly. I really liked that Clover didn't get hung up on the age difference and both characters really stayed true to themselves and didn't have to change to be with each other. My only critique is that I wish we could have seen more of Jake's background when he wasn't on the farm in the summer and I felt like there was more going on with Clover's dad than was explained (small nosey quirk of mine to have to know everything).
I love stories about unrequited love finally getting their chance and this story about it is done very well! Clover is a beautiful story about two young people discovering this new "grown up" version of each other and learning how love can sneak in when you least expect it. There is no angst, no crazy drama and no chaotic emotional roller coaster for the reader to get throw around in, with Clover you get to witness Jake and Clover take their time falling into love and taking that step from friends to lovers. Don't get me wrong, as romantic and sweet as this book is, we are still reading a Braxton Cole novel so there is delicious tension and sexual creativity to steam up your Kindle!
Braxton Cole knocks another one out of the park. Clover grabbed me by the heart, kept the pacing perfect and made my heart sigh with pleasure. There are no too many New Adult books out now that I can personally relate to (and I am fine with that) but Clover let me remember those great summer romances, those feelings, those butterflies and that wonderful sense of just being in love (and it was fun to travel down memory lane with Jake and Clover). I really, really enjoyed this book and if you are looking for a fantastic story with great characters that will leave you wanting summer to never end, then 1-click this book today! You can never go wrong buying a Braxton Cole book, she is my automatically-buy-as-soon-as-I-can-author (and she should be yours too). Enjoy the last bits of summer with Clover and Jake.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)