Friday, October 14, 2016
Review for Constellation by Jennifer Locklear - 4 out of 5
She's intelligent, beautiful, and emotionally numb.
He's older, sophisticated, and harboring secrets.
Up-and-coming executive, Kathleen Brighton is ready to launch her family's firm into the next level of success. Polished and professional on the outside, Kathleen's personal life is a source of constant struggle and letdown. But after one night alone with Jack Evans, her sexy new colleague, her life takes a turn toward erotic intensity.
Torn between her instinct to guard herself and her irresistible desire for Jack, Kathleen has only known heartache. And when she finds herself in the middle of a shattering personal crisis, she must trust fragile and uncertain bonds to survive. Will Kathleen conquer the demons of her past to find a future worth fighting for?
MY REVIEW -
This ended up being a lot different then I originally thought it would be, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing because the story was interesting and I wanted to keep reading till I finished it. This is a more mature romance then I usually read, and I can appreciate that the characters have a sense of maturity that is often lacking in other romances. Kathleen and Jack are co-workers, and have recently connected romantically. There are definitely some steamy sex scenes and intense moments between the couple, and they were written really well and felt genuine. Jack is divorced; somewhat recently, and he also has a 7 year old daughter. His wife left him and their daughter to move back home, so she lives in a different state, but is still involved with her daughter. Kathleen feels strongly for Jack, and he feels strongly for her, but both have some issues that prevent them from fully engaging in their relationship. Kathleen doesn't want to cause problems with Jack's daughter and ex-wife, so she sort of withholds herself, and when something devastating happens, it begins to put a strain on their relationship. I get where Kathleen is coming from, but I wanted her to be a bit more selfish and to realize that it doesn't have to be so cut and dry, and she needs to work on her self confidence; she is a strong woman, but she doesn't stand up for herself very much. I was disappointed with some of her decisions and I also was disappointed in some of Jack's actions, but for the most part I enjoyed their relationship and they definitely have passion and a deep connection. Constellation felt like a story rooted in reality to me, and the characters felt like they have layers. This story is told all from Kathleen's POV, and I was disappointed to find out that it ends in a cliffhanger. I will definitely read the next book because I'm curious to see how these character's stories will end up.