Author: Teagan Hunter
Series: Texting #4
I love you, he said.
Forever, he said.
Turns out, he lied.
When he leaves me high and dry after a cross-country move, I push him out of my life as much as I can, which is hard to do when the guy who broke your heart also happens to be the most famous dude in town.
After a disastrous year, he’s aiming to rehab his reputation, and I just so happen to be aiming for a promotion at the paper.
So, we strike a deal, and it’s a win-win all around.
Besides, what’s the harm in a few dates to charity galas anyway?
He’s arrogant, a total jerk. There’s no way I’ll fall for him…again.
I used to love him. Now I hate him…I think.
For me, Romantic Comedy was a genre I usually ignored and I just picked one up when I wasn’t looking for something worthy of remembering. But, Teagan Hunter and her Texting saga has shown me that that genre could be fill with so much joy and good memories!! I’m going to miss these crazy characters. Yes… this is the last one :(. It has been a superb experience and the fourth book has nothing to envy to its older brothers.
This time we get to know Shepard much better (yes, THE Shep!!) taking the apology tour after some trouble in a bar fight. That tour puts him in collision path against Denver, an old flame. They didn’t part in the best of terms, but Shep is eager to show her that he has changed. Will he be able to get rid of his cowardice or will try to hide everything until it is too late to solve his problems? Denver’s heart was broken once… can it endure another fail?
The plot is the classic second chance scenario were the players don’t get along. Well, Shep wouldn’t have any issue starting something with her, but Denver hates the guy after what he did to her in college (which was not very nice of him…). But, we are in the presence of a Texting book, so you may expect that the angst and drama are set aside and banter, weird jokes and a bit of surrealism take their place. And, we are glad. This book is a feast of wittiness that made me laugh half of the time and put a really huge smile in my face the other half. It made me feel good. Nah… it made me feel f***ing great!! Teagan’s sense of humor is an experience itself. One I would recommend until the end of my days.
But, even though the banter is a huge chunk of the book, the story is not lacking in other aspects. Yes, there is a bit of drama pending over their heads all the time. You know what I mean if you read the first book. This is the same Shep who shared with his friends a photo of Delia showing plenty of skin (nude photo, if you prefer economy of words…). The same guy we all called a jerk (keeping it nice…) and swore we would never give him the time of day. That same guy is one of the main characters of the fourth book. That should be enough drama for you. If he wants to have someting serious with Denver, he has to tell her about what he did to his brother’s girlfriend. I loved Shep’s struggle with that one. He was scared shitless about coming clean and, like a good procrastinator, he keeps pushing the deadline in order to enjoy one more day with Denver. That was weirdly sweet of him.
Shepard is the huge surprise. I started the book with a strong opinion of him and telling myself: “I don’t care how cute you are, or how sexy your grin is, or how lickable your body looks. I don’t care if you are in pain or having an epiphany. I HATE you! And nothing that you do will change the fact that you are the BAD guy“. A couple of chapters into the book I changed my tune to: “You are SO cute and funny and good mannered. And it is obviously you want to be in the right path and all the rest are just a bunch of idiots who don’t give you a sceond chance…“. Somehow, this book made me like Zach a little less by making me like Shep a lot more (I won’t give him the book boyfriend card, though. I still have some pride…). In a matter of paragraphs, the roster of heroes and villains was inverted and I couldn’t do anything to avoid it, nor I wanted to. Only a true master of their own characters can achieve something like that. With Shep’s redemption I really felt the love of Teagan towards her creations.
Other aspect of the book I really enjoyed was the getting all of them together in a wedding. It was equally sad and awesome. The latter because we get to enjoy even more banter among characters that we met in the previous books (even though I won’t forgive the lack of Caleb or Robbie, but that’s just me trying to be tough and failing). It was nice to remember why I loved them. But it is also sad, because it felt like the classic ending of a long standing TV show. You know those big gatherings only mean one thing: the journey is almost over. It could also mean a musical chapter, but that would have been a bit weird for the book.
This is the end of Texting, but not the end of Teagan’s peculiar sense of humor. She has already published the first book of a new Romantic Comedy saga that it has been a fast addition to my TBR list. One I have the intention to read before the end of the year. Fingers crossed!