REVIEW – Knowing Jack by Rachel Curtis

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Synopsis

I am not a slut, although I’ve been called one often enough. Yeah, I spent three months screwing one of my college professors, but I was crazy about the guy. Then he broke up with me.

I am not a bitch, although people like to say I am. I kept our relationship secret. I’m not responsible for telling the university administrators about it, but a lot of students still blame me for getting their favorite professor fired.

I am not a drama queen, although everyone thinks I am now. When I got a few nasty messages, I just deleted them. When I got the threat, I assumed it was someone being stupid. I still think that’s all it was. My parents worry, though, so they hired me a bodyguard. Now Jack follows me around, intimidating everyone who approaches me and looking obnoxiously hot.

This is what I am. I’m Chloe. I’m a twenty-year-old art history major. Kind of shy, although I pretend not to be. Stubborn enough to stay here for my senior year, even though everyone hates me.

And I’m stuck with Jack.

He calls me “Princess,” but I’m not a princess either.

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Review

I picked up Knowing Jack having heard nothing about it. The synopsis intrigued me, but it certainly didn’t give anything away. I went in without any expectations. Chloe makes the mistake of falling for one of her professors. When their relationship is revealed, all hell breaks loose. The students on her college campus hate her for getting a favorite teacher in trouble and soon she is facing death threats. Her parents hire Jack, a bodyguard to keep her safe after she refuses to leave school. Jack doesn’t see protecting people as just a job, it is his mission in life. Especially after an incident leaves him a bit damaged. As Chloe and Jack spend all their time together, the line between them begins to blur.

“I’ve always known one thing is true. Let go just a little, and you let go of everything. And then there’s nothing left to hold the universe together.”

The chemistry between them is incendiary and I was just waiting for it to combust. I enjoyed their interactions and their electrically charged conversations never disappointed. Listening to them go back-and-forth with each other was one of my favorite parts of the book. I liked that this story was a bit different from other bodyguard stories I have come across since it took place in a university setting and included all the aspects of collegiate life. Chloe is a complex character. She is a student away from home and should be enjoying life and making mistakes. Suddenly she finds herself with Jack as a shadow, constantly being watched and followed. The author did a great job portraying Chloe’s struggle between needing independence and wanting to have Jack near.

“That’s it. Everything is different now. The universe has shifted. And the stasis is gone.”

The author succeeded in depicting the emotional journey of the characters. I was right there riding that rollercoaster of transforming feelings with them. The storyline was unique and maintained a level of mystery throughout the book that kept my interest. I’m still unsure if this book is supposed to have a follow up written at some point. My impression was that it was a standalone novel, in which case I had a couple issues with it. I would have liked to learn a little bit more about Jack as a person. We got to know him professionally, but he really didn’t share much of himself with Chloe. I wanted more from him. Honestly, I was not a fan of the way the book ended. It did not leave me with that feeling of relief and overall calm you get when you know the characters ended up right where they should have, but that is just where I, personally, like to find myself at the end of a book. I enjoyed Chloe and Jack and their story and it is definitely a fun read.

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