Overall Rating: 4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Can a “player” find love? Is he redeemable? Or is he doomed to “play the field” forever?
In Rebecca Jenshak’s The Fadeaway, Joel is the consummate manwhore. He has no interest in relationships. Anyone to warm his bed for a short time is fine with him.
One day, Joel walks into the campus’s coffee shop and becomes instantly attracted to Katrina, giving her the nickname “Kitty.” His sole purpose is to bed her and move on. Unbeknownst to Joel, Katrina is a single mother and letting him into her life will make it much more complicated.
After months of weekly visits to the coffee shop to woo her, Joel finally persuades Katrina/Kitty to go on a date with him under the auspices of helping her with her screenplay. One date turns into another. Before he realizes it, he has stopped his man-whoring ways, and he finds himself wanting to spend more time with Kitty and her son. Unfortunately, relationships are not Joel’s “thing,” and he realizes he might be in too deep. Will Joel choose the eternal single life, or will he find his HEA with Katrina?
I’m not sure about most readers, but I really do love a redeemable player. There is always something amazing when they realize that it is better to be with one person than sleeping with different girls every night of the week. At his core, Joel is a good guy. He comes from an amazing family, he has the ability and interest to play in the NFL, and he cares for others, although he hides it behind a mask of humor. In this story, after all of those positive qualities, he can also be incredibly frustrating, as it takes him some time to figure out his life.
Thankfully, Jenshak has created an amazing heroine in Katrina. For all that Joel puts her through in the story, she has the maturity to handle her feelings about him. Oftentimes, the heroine pushes back as a way to earn back the hero when he walks away. This isn’t the situation with Katrina. She shows so much maturity in simply wanting the best for Joel as a friend. And it’s her maturity that eventually brings them together. I loved this about her. She was my favorite part of this story.
This is a story about an unlikely character (Joel) finding his forever in an unlikely place (Katrina). It’s full of humor and angst and sweetness and love. Rebecca Jenshak has quickly won me over as a new author in my reading repertoire. I’m always a little afraid of new authors, but after reading The Assist and The Fadeaway, I gobbled up her book, Electric Blue Love, and realized that I’m now a true fan of her books.
You should definitely read The Fadeaway. You will love these characters and their story.
In love and romance,