I Kind of Loved It!
The Do-Gooder by Jessie L. Star was a book that kept me intrigued from beginning to end. This was the first book by this author that I’ve read, and it definitely will not be the last.
From the prologue all the way through the epilogue, I was drawn into this story and was unable to put my Kindle down. Lara and Fletch’s story wasn’t your typical romance, and all the twists and turns that Jessie L. Star took us on kept me hooked.
Lara feels after all the things she’s done in her past she needs to atone for her “sins” so she becomes the campus “Do-Gooder” and does good deeds for people who need them. No one really understands truly why she feels the need to do them, even Fletch who was there and a part of the reason why she does this, but it’s her own form of punishment to herself. Fletch gives her crap all the time for it, and every time he confronts her about it, you can feel the sexual tension between the two of them radiating off of your Kindle. It’s only a matter of time before things escalate between these two, you can sense it as a reader and all of the other characters in the book can sense it too.
These two have a history, and both of them see it differently. They see that night, and the years leading up to it differently and have handled everything since that night in different ways. Fletch wants Lara to learn to let go and move forward with her life, but she can’t. Only when they both seem to come to a truce of sorts do they really seem to see things from the other’s point of view.
I really enjoyed watching these two sort of let their guards down around one another, but I knew it was going to blow up. Fletch wanted Lara, but he knew he wasn’t going to get all of her, so he was still hesitant with her and Lara didn’t know what to do with Fletch so even though things were good with them, it was only a matter of time before things got bad. I just wasn’t expecting it to get so bad. My heart broke for Fletch when everything came out, but then it also broke for Lara as well. She had to come to some hard realizations about everything she’d gone through in the past three years and make some hard decisions and truly start letting people help her and let people in.
I not only loved these two characters but also Merry, Lizzy, and all of the other secondary characters in this book. All of the people that Lara didn’t want in her life as friends, but truly cared about her and were there for her no matter what. This book was beautifully written and had a story that captured my heart and kept me intrigued from beginning to end. There was no “fluff” added to this book, it was just an amazingly written story about two people figuring things out the hard way. I highly recommend this book for all lovers of the New Adult genre, this is definitely a must read!
I have received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review.