Once upon a time, Jake and Fiona were the perfect high school couple ready to take on college life together. But that all came to an unexpected and heartbreaking end when Fiona took the advice of her recently jilted mother and decided to leave Jake behind and see what else the world had to offer. It’s a decision she’s regretted ever since, made even worse by Jake’s careful avoidance of her in all the years that have passed. So when she gets the chance to work on the same movie set that’s making use of Jake as a stuntman, she sets out to right her worst wrong and convince the one that got away that they were always meant to be.
The Verdict: I wasn’t too thrilled with Jake when we met him in the previous book, but I should have known Melissa Foster would give this once inconsiderate, womanizing man a heart no woman could resist.
Fiona wasn’t necessarily acting entirely selfishly when she bailed on Jake so many years ago. Turns out she was following the not-so-sage advice of her mother, a woman who at the time had little faith in men and didn’t want to see her daughter blindly build a life around juvenile love. But time didn’t give Fiona a new perspective or lead her to a happily ever after with anyone else — not even close. And despite growing up in and often returning to the same small town, Jake was careful not to cross path’s with Fiona ever since. Life in L.A. gave him plenty of empty hook-ups, but it never quite eased the pain of losing his first love. Normally I’d find it a little silly for a guy to turn his back on love simply because a woman once left him. But in Crashing into Love, it’s clear that Jake’s world was upended when Fiona left him, and given his age and subsequent professional success, it’s no wonder that he decided to keep things entirely casual and random from then on out.
Fiona, though, realized what she really knew all along — that there would never be room in her heart for anyone but Jake. However, where your typical romance novel would probably have had her being all self-deprecating but unable to stay away from Jake, this one stands out in the way that Fiona simply put her heart on the line and went after what she wanted. There was, of course, some resistance from Jake, not to mention his playboy reputation and carefree L.A. lifestyle to contend with, but Jake began to man up quickly rather than completely hide behind the pain of their shared past, and while it took him a while to completely give in, the strong chemistry and little concessions they began to make to their feelings made for one hell of a story leading up to the happily ever after.
Because theirs is the story of a movie stuntman and a successful geologist finding their way back to each other, there are a handful of what many would classify as cliches, such as the ready and willing women pretty much throwing themselves at Jake.
However, rather than being your usual contrived drama, they and other details, like the paparazzi and shallow friends, were smartly used to illustrate Jake’s successful career and avoidance of relationships, and it added some authenticity to the obstacles these former high school sweethearts faced in rekindling their romance.
As I’ve come to expect from Melissa Foster, Crashing into Love is another hot, sweet, entertaining romance that embraces the kind of story-lines we romance addicts love, while adding new twists to keep things interesting and different.