Series: 20 Something Book #3
Author: Amy Patrick
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Release Date: October 10, 2014
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Related Books: Still Yours, Still Beautiful
About Still Me:Fall in Love Like a 20 Something...
This is the 3rd book in the New Adult 20 Something series, but is a standalone novel and can be enjoyed without having read the previous books in the connected series.
23 year old Kenley Moran is going through a mid-life crisis… WAY early. Pushed since childhood by a nightmare stage-mom to use her looks to “land a rich man”, she’s reeling from a broken engagement and regretting the day she gave up her career in TV news for a guy.
Now Kenley’s determined to change her life, shunning makeup and fashion and fighting her way back into the highly competitive career she loves, off-camera this time. When she lands a producing job at Worldwide News Network in Atlanta, she plans to keep her head down, work hard, and prove she’s not just another pretty face. And vows NO ONE is EVER going to make her compromise herself again.
WNN anchor Larson Overstreet has it all—old money, good looks, a prestigious job, and more women than he can count throwing themselves at him. Problem is... none of it is real. He’s known his whole life that people are only interested in him for his fortune and his famous family name, in that order. Except for Kenley. The shy news producer isn’t interested in him at all.
Working closely with the anchor of her new show, Kenley’s dismayed to feel an instant spark. Larson’s everything she doesn’t want. He’s too good looking, too charming, and worst of all, too rich. She’s not looking for another big money honey. In fact, she’d prefer a nice little guy from the mailroom, maybe a guy who lives at home like she’s been forced to do.
But when they must travel together for a special report, Kenley realizes Larson’s not the spoiled pretty rich boy she pegged him as, and she’s not as immune to him as she’s pretended to be.
Now, even at the network level, what happens behind the scenes is the real story.
STILL ME is a sweet and sexy New Adult contemporary romance and is intended for readers 17+.
Recommended for: Twenty-somethings (obvi), anyone who likes seeing preconceptions blasted to pieces, contemporary romance junkies.
I’ve been waiting for Kenley’s story. From the first book, you knew things wouldn’t end up like she thought they would.
And I’m not going to lie, Kenley’s outlook is something that’s a hot button for me. I despise when people, fictional or real, let preconceptions and stereotypes cloud their judgement of a person. I get that preconceptions and stereotypes can’t always be avoided in the society we live in. I just met a bunch of accountants the other day and, yeah, I was expecting them to be somewhat boring and nerdy (no hate, my boyfriend is one of the most boring and nerdy accountants I know and I love him to death). But that didn’t mean I went in to the encounter with set-in-stone opinions. Just…expectations.
And it bothers me when people prematurely make up their mind about someone and aren’t open to changing their minds. Especially when it’s as adamantly as Kenley was with Larson.
But then I really, really liked how it all unfolded.
Another thing that bothers me is when heroes in romance novels are a little too persistent. In real life, it would come off as creepy or stalkerish when the heroine keeps saying, “No, not interested,” and the hero ignores it.
But Larson was only persistent to a point. He tried, he put in his due diligence, but then he got the message.
Then, he got a little more ninja about it. He won Kenley over once he stopped pursuing her.
And I loved the whole, “They’re stuck together so they better damn find a way to get along,” thing. Nothing reveals how you really feel about someone quite as well as being stuck in isolation with them. It’s like that experiment where you trap people in a waiting room and watch them all go crazy waiting.
About Amy Patrick:
Amy is a two-time Golden Heart finalist (2013 and 2014) who writes Young Adult fiction as Amy DeLuca and New Adult romance as Amy Patrick. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons and actually craves the heat and humidity of Mississippi, where she grew up. She’s been a professional singer and news anchor and currently narrates audio books as well as working as a station host for a Boston TV station.