Review: America's Sweetheart by Jessica Lemmon (Real Love #5)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept.

Jessica Lemmon's Real Love series is back with its fifth release, America's Sweetheart, and it's a second chance romance between a starlet in the middle of a career-damaging scandal and the ex-boyfriend turned professional builder she left behind. Allison Murphy and Jackson Burke were teenagers when they fell in love, but when they were twenty, a temporary summer internship in California led to Allie and Jax ending a relationship that was supposed to last forever. Ten years later, Jax is proud to have his very own construction business, and while he and Allie may have parted ways a decade prior, working on her parents' place wasn't something he was going to say no to. Finding Nina Lockhart on their front step, however, leads to unexpected reunion of sorts, what with Nina actually being his ex, Allie, who's running from controversy and an accusation of theft from one of the industry's most beloved stars and her boyfriend throwing her under the bus rather than defending her. They were once friends turned lovers, and now, Allie and Jax are...nothing, so why does it feel as if they could be something again?

I did NOT like Allie. She came off as rather selfish, putting herself first almost. Every. Single. Time. Yes, at one particular point in the story, she did put Jax's feelings ahead of her own, but jeez, that was after she had already hurt him and I'd already lost count the number of times she'd done that by then. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with putting your ambition ahead of other things BUT when you start disregarding the feelings of other people simply because of said ambition, then that kind of makes you a self-centered individual in my eyes. Heck, I had actually hoped that when she did put Jax's feelings first, it would be the start of something good, but nope, till the very end, it was Jax who put Allie ahead of anything and everything else, including being away from the business he had started, his family, and his hometown. Sigh. Add to that the confusion with regards to the POV and how it suddenly switched in the middle of the book without warning and then bounced back and forth in the latter half. I usually love Jessica Lemmon's books, but America's Sweetheart sadly didn't click with me. It gets three stars. ♥

Release Date: 02 October 2018

Date Read: 02 October 2018

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