Damaged In-Law by Colleen Masters
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
After high school I left my family and the world I grew up in, vowing never to return to such a screwed up place…but I also left behind him…
Jackson Cole—he was my childhood crush, the most popular guy in school, and the heir to a billion dollar estate. He also happens to be a devilishly handsome movie star, a cocky, chauvinist prick…and my identical twin sister’s fiancé.
When I get the devastating call that my sister Avery has died suddenly from a drug overdose, I have to go back home and face the people who’ve caused me so much pain—my parents, neighbors, family friends…Jackson.
When I see him again it’s like no time has passed. It’s sickening to think that after all these years, after all that’s happened, he still has so much power over me. I try to deny my feelings, to tell myself that I hate him…after all, what kind of monster crushes on her sister’s fiancé?
Then he lays a bombshell on me: He and Avery were in the middle of filming a new movie, his magnum opus, and he wants me to pick up where she left off.
The role comes with a million-dollar salary. I’ll play his co-lead, his romantic love interest…sex scenes and all.
But Jackson leaves out one little detail…
…Filming starts this week.
This is a stand-alone Contemporary New Adult Romance novel. No Cliffhanger. Content suitable for mature readers, contains sexual content and harsh language.
I found this book to be quite enjoyable! This had everything I didn’t know I was looking for in a book. It had characters with a past connection, great chemistry, a hot actor…I couldn’t put it down.
I loved seeing Jack and Callie reconnect after suffering a horrible loss. And I couldn’t wait for the scandal that would happen after they got together.
I thought it was interesting that Callie was able to step into the roll that Avery (her twin sister) hadn’t even started filming before she died. I don’t know why but I just expected that they would recast seeing as Avery hadn’t filmed even one scene. Since Jack had the pull to get Callie cast in her sister’s place, I was a little surprised that the movie studio dismissed him so easily later.
I really hated Callie and Avery’s parents. I wish something had happened to them, that they were disgraced or something. They seemed to get off scot-free. And don’t get me started about their dad’s business partner. I was really hoping that when Callie and Jack went public near the end that the business partner would be outed as a creep and get in trouble. I was glad that the head of the studio and the director both got in trouble. But I wish all the bad guys had had a comeuppance. I was also slightly disappointed that the movie was shelved, apparently permanently. I would have liked to see Jack and Callie get their jobs back and a new director hired to finish the movie.
But overall, I really enjoyed the story between Callie and Jack. The flashbacks to them as teenagers really helped developed the connection between them.
I can’t wait to read the next book by Colleen Masters. :)
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*