AS GOOD AS NEW by Jennifer Dawson: Review

Posted April 8, 2016 in Reviews / 0 Comments

AS GOOD AS NEW by Jennifer Dawson: ReviewAs Good As New by Jennifer Dawson
Series: Something New #4
Published by Zebra
Publication Date: March 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

He was the high school hottie. She was the teacher’s pet. But in private, none of that mattered…
 

At the tender age of six, Penelope Watkins fell for her best friend’s brother, Evan Donovan, future hunk. By the time they were teenagers, they were having heart-to-hearts…and hot and heavy top secret make-out sessions. All that changed when Evan’s father suddenly died. Abruptly, Penelope lost him to grief—and to his true love: football. But now an injury had ended Evan’s NFL career. The notorious bad boy was in a depression no one could penetrate, except maybe the one woman who still knew him best—and still wanted him most…
  
Penelope is the last person Evan wants to witness the wreck he’s become. So when she shows up at his door he’s less than welcoming—even though the sight of her brings back the same old rush of desire. As a teenager, the emotions overwhelmed him. Now, when he wanted to be overwhelmed, Penelope wasn’t playing. She was telling the golden boy it was time to man up. It may have taken a concussion for Evan to realize it, but that’s exactly what he wants to do—starting with her…

 

Review

I cannot get enough of this series and I binge-read it when I’m looking for a sexy pick-me-up. Ms. Dawson has a knack for combining tortuous angst and off-the-charts sexual tension in a way that keeps a reader hooked and coming back for more, and every book just gets better. 

Can two people who were each other’s first love, first heartbreak and first everything find their way back to each other through the secrets and distance that have built a wall between them?

Penelope Watkins fell in love with her best friend’s brother when she was six and he was her first, but only for one night and then he shattered her heart. For fifteen years, they have kept their distance from each other, but now she is the only one that can reach him. 

Evan Donovan just lost the only thing that defined him: his football career and his family is concerned about his well-being but no one can reach him, except Penelope. She challenges and excites him in every way, and he can’t go back to their previous frosty relationship any more.

Honestly, Evan was a man-whore that did not deserve Penelope, but underneath that is the teenager who believed his father when he told him that he was only good for football, the boy who never had a chance to mend his relationship with his father and who has always felt like an outsider in his own family. 

Penelope is a champion at her job, but when it comes to her personal life she’s very insecure and has always been, but she hides it under a very competent facade. Both of them are very complicated and sometimes frustrating characters, struggling with unresolved hurts and trust issues, but Evan redeemed himself by fighting for Penelope and giving her the space she needed to deal with her own issues and trust that he would always be there for her.

AS GOOD AS NEW is passionate, humorous and delightful, with snappy dialogue and I loved catching up with the couples from the previous books. I hope that we get Sam, Sophie and Charlie’s stories soon.

 

 

About Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.

Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.

These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.


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