Published by Forever Yours on September 1, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, contemporary
Source: eARC from Publisher
Their passion burned hotter than the stars . . .
For Josephine "Jo" Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world's preeminent scientific facilities, she'll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam.
For Adam McCay, physics is simple-it's women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . .
Under the endless stars of a tropical sky, Jo and Adam indulge their every desire. But as their internship comes to an end, their perfect island paradise is threatened.
Was their time together a summer fling? Or is their passion hot enough to last the long winter nights?
When the Stars Align is a new adult contemporary romance by Jeanette Grey. It follow Jo and Adam, as they travel to Puerto Rico for the summer to take part in a prestigious astronomy program. I loved that Jo and Adam at first glance seem like total opposites, but as we get to know them they are really very similar. I thought they balanced each other out in all the best ways. I really enjoyed their story. I should note that my content warning up above should be strongly bolded. This is a very racy new adult book. I loved the summer time romance between Jo and Adam and I thought the sizzle between them was excellent. (I just wanted to point it out for YA readers out there.)
Jo is very guarded girl. I am kind of split when it comes to my opinion on Jo. She instantly rubbed me the wrong way because of the assumption she made, but I was also almost instantly gratified when the author had her feeling chastised in the same instance. I loved that the author used Jo to make the example that she made. It was brilliant, in my opinion. Jo puts on a very hard front, for her own reasons which are later revealed, but as a result she can often rub other characters, and even readers the wrong way. I had my moments where Jo ruffled my feathers, but overall watching Adam peel back layer after layer around her softened her in my eyes. I found myself liking her more as the story went on.
And Adam. My sweet awesome Adam. I have so much respect for him. He came into the story with an “it’s complicated” relationship, and shocker of all shockers- he waited until he dealt with his mess back home before pursuing anything with Jo. How awesome and refreshing is that? Adam and Jo’s love of astronomy made them adorable in my eyes. I loved watching them stargaze at night and do their experiments. One of the strange things about When the Stars Align to me was the makeup of the summer program. And I don’t mean the fact that they all seemed to be model pretty, because that would just be rude to science majors. ::winkwink:: I am talking about the fact that so many of the students didn’t actually seem to be all that interested in the study of astronomy. That was a little bizarre to me. But at least Adam and Jo did love the study of stars.
Bottom Line: When the Stars Align is a great new adult read for people who like the racier and edgier side of new adult. Jo had her annoying moments, but overall this was a really great romance.
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