For the Longest Time by Kendra Leigh Castle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3 Second Chance Stars
For the Longest Time is about second chances. You may be that nerdy girl in high school that got picked on, but that doesn’t mean that’s still you years later. Maybe you can get that jock after all.
I like the idea and concept of For the Longest Time. Who doesn’t like the nerdy girl turned swan (sort of). I wouldn’t say Samantha is a knock out, but she isn’t awkward anymore and she’s very sure of herself. Years ago, she’s had the biggest crush on Jake, the popular jock in school.
Jake was popular and with being popular comes with popular and mean friends. Friends that tease and tormented Sam throughout high school, leaving slight emotional scars on Sam’s part.
Now, Jake is the local vet and notices Sam back in town.
It’s a cute plot and there are some elements that I enjoyed very much. I liked Sam. At times she did annoy me because she was so sure on Jake being a jerk, she never really gave him a chance, even after the guy begged for a date. I like a chase and then I like there to be some nice banter, but I felt Sam was just too hung up from past issues to get to know him.
Jake is adorable. I like a Hero who is a pet lover, especially to cats. I wasn’t very fond of Jake’s friends because he kept the same ones from high school and they kind of never changed. I understand kids can be mean, but as an adult, you would think some would grow out of it. I guess it adds some nice dynamic.
My main issue steams from the flow of the read. I felt like the pace was a bit slow and it took about 50% of the book before Jake and Sam even got to their first date. Also, the interaction between Sam and Jake was very limited. There was a lot of dialogue between friends and family verse the book about the main couple.
I would consider this a very light chick-lit book with mild romance. It’s a cute book with a cute plot and if you don’t like too much romance, then this one is for you.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review