Book Review – Discovering Us (True Love #1) by Harper Bentley

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Ellen has loved Jagger since she was five and he was seven when they kissed through the chain link fence at school. She’s had their wedding planned since she was twelve and is ready for a happily ever after with him, but life just isn’t that neat and tidy. Although they lost contact over the years, which broke her heart, during Jag’s senior year in high school, sophomore Ellen catches his eye once again and their friendship is back on. When things between them gradually develop into something more, Ellen wants to give herself completely to Jag, but he’s not so sure he wants to risk their relationship in taking things to the next level. When Jag is drafted to the Dodgers as the hot, new pitcher of the team, Ellen decides to go with him, transferring colleges and leaving her friends and family behind. But things get more and more complicated when busy schedules, a slimy agent and a supermodel disrupt their lives, which makes Ellen question whether they’ll ever get their perfect forever.

This is the first book of the True Love Trilogy.


5 Star Review

I knew when I started this book that it ended in a cliffhanger.  But I thought, I can handle it, maybe it won’t be a HUGE CLIFFHANGER. . .I was WRONG!!!  How?  Why?  NO!!!!  I can’t even believe it ended like that, I was literally screaming at my kindle!  I NEED MORE!  But all that said, this is a really great book!  It is the kind of story that grabs you and you can’t stop reading because you need to know where it is taking you. 
“They say nothing improves the memory more than trying to forget.  Well, this “They” can bite me.”
Ellen and Jag have been best friends since she was 5 and he was 7.  They grew up together.  But as Ellen got older the attraction to him grew.   She had her first kiss with him, fell in love with him, and then he broke her heart.  After that they grew apart and didn’t talk much for 5 years.  But during Jag’s senior year of high school he starts to notice sophomore Ellen has grown up and slowly they become friends again.  Gradually friendship turns into a relationship and gets serious quickly.  Jag does not want to take things to the next level but Ellen is ready to give herself to Jag completely!  But after prom when she is ready, Jag explains to her that he doesn’t want their relationship to be about that because she is special to him and he doesn’t want to ruin anything with her.  (so sweet… he was always so concerned about her feelings, well almost always…)
“Rebecca had thought it was sweet what Jag had said, telling me that good things come to those who wait, to which I’d snarkily replied that coming comes to those who don’t, which made her laugh.”
They are both in love with each other and realize that with him going away to college, it is only going to get harder, so they wait. After a few years, Ellen is beyond frustrated.  She hates missing him so much.   But when jealousy causes Jag to make an impromptu trip to visit her, finally she gets to see what everyone talks about. . .and she can’t get enough!!!
“Now, I’d read a lot of romance books, some I was sure that if Mom knew about they would’ve sent her on a cleaning frenzy for days trying to keep her mind off what her only daughter had been mentally digesting, but I never knew that what was written in those books was freaking real.”
When Jag is drafted to the Dodgers, Ellen decides she is going to transfer schools and follow him to California.   They are both so excited to start this adventure together.  But not everything is going as planned.  With hectic schedules, a slimy agent, and a supermodel staking her claim on Jag. . .Ellen is questioning whether forever is really an option. 
Discovering Us is told from Ellen’s POV and I loved her quirky personality.  Her and Rebecca are hilarious together!  And you can’t not love Jag. . .even when I wanted to strangle him!!!  I mean can you really hate a sexy man in baseball pants? Not possible!  You will be left begging for more!  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Discovering Us- Harper Bentley