Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 7, 2016
Series: Summer Love #1
Genres: New Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Missed Connection: I saw you standing there, and I was struck by your eyes. Gorgeous, but not as gorgeous as your smile.
Thanks to her job at a crazy New Age spa, what should have been a sizzling NYC summer is being hijacked by demanding hippie bosses. To unwind, Sarah spends her nights cruising Missed Connections, dreaming of finding an uber-romantic entry all about her. Of course, the moment she finds that Missed Connection, real life comes crashing down around her in a night of unbridled passion with someone completely different: totally off-limits Jack.
Best. Hookup. Ever.
Gorgeous and wealthy, hot as sin, Jack can give Sarah everything she needs—except an emotional connection. That she gets from her Missed Connection, the romantic stranger who never fails to make her swoon. But there’s only so much of Sarah to go around. Torn between the bad boy she can’t keep and the sensitive stranger who bares his soul online, her heart and body are soon in two very different relationships…or are they?
Missed Connections is the first in a new, new adult contemporary romance series, called Summer Love by Tamara Mataya. Tamara is an author that I have read multiple books from and I have really enjoyed them all. I have to say, I think Missed Connections is probably my least favorite of the 4 or 5 books I have read by her. It is still a good read, and I still really enjoyed it, but I really loved all of her other books, and this one fell a little flat for me. Don’t get me wrong, I liked a lot of things about the story. First, I love the idea of a romance based on the craigslist missed connections section. And I liked the characters and getting to know them.
This story follows Sarah and Jack, and I loved getting to know the various sides of Jack. I found the romance to be a lot of fun, if not a little predictable at times. I feel like I am in the minority with this story, I think this is going to be a book that people absolutely swoon over. I found it be a big choppy, and because of that I couldn’t really fall into an easy pattern with this story. It took me a while to warm up to the characters- Jack especially. And Sarah’s naeiety grated on my nerves. But I liked most of the characters more as the story went on.
Overall, Missed Connections is a fantastic concept. One that I think a lot of fans of contemporary new adult romances will absolutely love. However, this one fell a bit flat for me. It was still enjoyable, but ended up being just an ok read for me. I do love Tamara Mataya’s work and she is still an auto-read author for me, because she is such a great writer. I just happen to like her other books more than Missed Connections. But you should read it and see what you think about it! (Then come back and let me know.)
To celebrate the release of MISSED CONNECTIONS, Tamara has written this missed connection post between a fictional couple. Can you guess who these characters are?
I’ve been staying here for a while now. You don’t say much, and I’m forced to hang out with your friends instead of you. I don’t know what it is about you…but I see beneath the gruff exterior and I think I understand there’s more than the snarls you give to those around you. Someone hurt you once when you were younger and foolish and maybe not as charitable as you could have been to a stranger, but I don’t think it’s right that you be punished forever. I just wanted you to know that while it’s new and a bit alarming, I see there’s something sweet and almost kind about you. I wonder why I didn’t see it there before. P.S. This has nothing to do with the fact I caught a glimpse of your HUGE…library. –Pretty Bookworm
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