Book Review: Clover by Braxton Cole

Clover.Final.standardSynopsis

Clover Watson wants more from life than what she can find on her daddy’s farm in southern Oregon. Young, smart, and driven, she has a plan and she refuses to be distracted from her goals. After four years at the University of Washington in Seattle, she heads home for the summer with her diploma and an acceptance letter to graduate school at University of Portland. She’s sure she’s got things all figured out.

Except for Jake Feldman. He was one of her childhood friends, and she hasn’t seen him since she left for college four years ago. This summer he’s back in town and all grown up — sweet, handsome, and completely smitten with Clover.

At first, she thinks a harmless summer fling is the perfect reward for her hard work at school. But as the summer continues and their romance grows, Jake challenges everything she thought she knew about herself and her plans. When the end of summer comes, Clover is forced to evaluate what she really wants, but can she find a way to write Jake into her life?

 

3.5 star review

Braxton brings us a sweet story about childhood crushes and first time loves.  Clover will that will take you on a journey over year between one boy who had his heart taken by girl at such a young age and never got it back.

Clover grew up in a small town with her father and younger brother; she was always wise beyond her years and always knew that she wanted a bright future away from the fields of country that surrounded her growing up.  Never paying attention to boys growing up she focused on school and reading.  She is smart and funny and knows exactly where she is going in life.

Jake spent his summers as a child being shipped off to his Aunts farm in middle of nowhere USA.  He was such an unhappy kid, not having the greatest parents in the world that never showed him love and always yelled.  Over the years going to his Aunts was his haven away from the yelling and neglect he received from his parents but he never understood why he wasn’t good enough and why they didn’t love him.  Like most young kids Jake fell for “the girl next door” who just happened to be a few years old but from the moment he saw Clover he knew that she was the one.  He spent his summer following her and trying to be near her, hoping that maybe one day her eyes would finally open and she would finally see him.

Clover is not a little girl anyone – 22 years old now and visiting her father and younger brother right before she starts her masters she runs into Jake and well let’s just say Jake is not the same tall skinny scrawny kid he was when they were growing up.  Even though he is 3 years younger than him he is all male from his thick jaw, to his bulging biceps, to his rock hard stomach and his thick muscled thighs he is heaven on a stick and Clover wants a taste.

The chemistry between Clover and Jake is explosive – I guess after knowing someone forever but really finally seeing them will make you feel things and think things you never thought you would.  The relationship blossoms and unfolds quickly.  There is something about Jake that Clover can’t get enough of and Clover has always owned Jakes heart but he is scared because she is all woman and even though he is 19 there are things that he isn’t sure he is ready for!

Clover and Jake know that their romance is short lived with the summer winding down.  After all Clover will be heading off back to Portland for school and Jake will return to his 2nd year of college in Salem.  As the time starts to tick by faster than either would like you watch them struggle with what to do.  Clover never gives up on anything she starts but she starts questioning what she wants now.  Jake has always grown up thinking he isn’t good enough – to this day he feels like he can’t give Clover everything she deserves and needs and letting her go and walking away from her will probably be best.  Then there is their love for each other – it’s natural and real, passionate which makes it so much harder to say goodbye.

Will Clover walk away from Jake in August and return to school to finish her dream or will Jake become her new passion – her new dream?  After giving his heart to Clover years and years ago will he be able to get it back and tell her good-bye before leaving the farm back to his real life or will he fight for her, for them and prove to himself that despite everything he knew growing up that he is good enough for her, he can love her enough, he can give her everything she needs to be happy?

Read and find out!  Cute, cute story Braxton – thank you for letting me experience Clove and Jake!

Ena