Title :

As Good As New

Author :

Jennifer Dawson

Series :

Something New #4

Release date : 29 Mar 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb :

He was the high school hottie. She was the teacher’s pet. But in private, none of that mattered…At the tender age of six, Penelope Watkins fell for her best friend’s brother, Evan Donovan, future hunk. By the time they were teenagers, they were having heart-to-hearts…and hot and heavy top secret make-out sessions. All that changed when Evan’s father suddenly died. Abruptly, Penelope lost him to grief—and to his true love: football. But now an injury had ended Evan’s NFL career. The notorious bad boy was in a depression no one could penetrate, except maybe the one woman who still knew him best—and still wanted him most…Penelope is the last person Evan wants to witness the wreck he’s become. So when she shows up at his door he’s less than welcoming—even though the sight of her brings back the same old rush of desire. As a teenager, the emotions overwhelmed him. Now, when he wanted to be overwhelmed, Penelope wasn’t playing. She was telling the golden boy it was time to man up. It may have taken a concussion for Evan to realize it, but that’s exactly what he wants to do—starting with her…

Review :

“As Good As New” is not my first book by Jennifer Dawson – but it was my first from the “Something New” series – and I can honestly state that it is indeed readable as a standalone novel.

After reading “Crave” last year it was no question for me that I was going to like this authors writing style (unless she would have changed something significantly) – So it was an easy decision to pick up this book as the plot seemed more than interesting.
And I was not disappointed.
I am honestly not sure if I really “liked” Evan very much in the beginning – he seem superficial at best.
But Penelope was an easy likeable character. I loved her from minute one.
And I wanted to “high five” her when she read Evan the riot act in his apartment to set him straight.
If a book features a second chance love – I would like it to be like this – strong characters that show their ability to grow and change without loosing themselves in the process.
Recommendable read
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