In kindergarten, Jax pulled out a chair for Jacey and swept the play dough off so that she would sit down next to him and he’s been carving out ways for them to stick together ever since. Though everyone in their conservative, small beach town sees them as a couple, they’re not, exactly. Because while they both want more, they’ve agreed to wait.
Jacey works hard, respects her elders and follows every spoken and silent rule about fitting in and doing the ‘right’ thing. She doesn’t dare give the gossips more fodder from her family, so she’s kept Jax firmly in the friendzone. It takes a hurricane for her to realize timing is everything, but months later she’s still too afraid to put her heart on the line and tell him how she feels. Then plans change – hers for summer and his for college, and Jacey needs to make the most of the time she and Jax have left, or stay stuck in the land of missed beginnings forever
Miss Riki’s Review:
Although there are some truly adorable moments in this very short novella, it unfortunately fell short for me. I needed more in the way of character development to care about Jacey and Jax as the lead characters. For a leading lady, Jacey was a bit on the naive side and I disliked the heavy emphasis on her religious background as a basis for her avoiding a relationship with Jax. I understood her need to avoid the same mistakes as her older sister in the book, but found her reliance on religious overtones to be off-putting and unrealistic. As for Jax, his patience with Jacey is endearing and honest and I connected with him easily. The jellybean secene that the novel is named after is adorable and as sweet as can be, but it was really the only well-written portion of the book. The advanced reader copy I received for review was riddled with grammatical and punctuation errors that took me right out of the story. Eve though this is a short read, I’d pass on it given the chance again.