Summary (from Goodreads):
“In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.
Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.
But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.”
I absolutely loved the concept behind this book. I feel like I’ve read about 50,000 books where people who shouldn’t be in love are and it was very refreshing to read about people who should be in love but aren’t. (Well, until they are.)
I liked Ryder and I loved Jemma’s friends, although we didn’t spend very much time with them.
The person we spent the most time with was Jemma (the book is told from her perspective) and that’s unfortunate because I really didn’t like Jemma. I thought she was incredibly selfish and thoughtless and prone to letting down other people instead of inconveniencing herself. At the same time, she was also pretty passive and had a tendency to go along with things instead of actually saying how she felt. (For example, she went out on a couple dates with Patrick, who she liked but didn’t LIKE. Most teenage girls would get the difference.)
Still, this is an incredibly unique book and I loved the way the plot unfolded. This is my first Kristi Cook book and I’m very interested in seeing what else she’s done.