Published April 2012
Series: Accidentally On Purpose #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Emmy thinks her boss Kyle Sterling of Sterling Corporations is a jerk.
So, she sleeps with him.
Emmy tries to put the mistake behind her, but then finds herself snowed in with Kyle. As the snow builds, so does the heat in the house between the two. The problem is that Kyle has a steady girlfriend that he is unwilling to break up with. Emmy cuts Kyle off and starts dating Luke. Even as their relationship takes off, Emmy is finding Kyle hard to shake. He is blatant in his feelings and desires for Emmy, putting her in an awkward situation. She tries hard to resist Kyle, but deep down inside Emmy's motives are shady. When Emmy succumbs to her hidden feelings for Kyle without setting Luke free, devastating consequences ensue.
In addition to her two men, Emmy daydreams about doing violent things to her loud mouthed, opinionated mother.
With some humor and sarcasm, and of course, some tequila, Emmy's world will flip upside down as she deals with the results of "accidentally on purpose" falling for two men at once.
This book has been on my Kindle for ages, and I have no idea that it took me so long to finally open it and read it. I guess that I should warn you about the fact that Accidentally on Purpose is actually a story about a love triangle. I know many readers do not like this type of story at all, and i have my issues with it as well, but I have to say that author L.D. Davis really managed to turn such a “delicate” subject into a story of emotional overload and suspense.
Accidentally On Purpose starts with a late night drunk encounter between Esmeralda “Emmy” Graynes and Kyle Sterling. However, it turns out that Emmy is actually Kyle’s assistant and office manager, and that she hates Kyle for being such a notorious d-head to her and everyone else in the office. Of course, Kyle’s behaviour isn’t changed from that one-night-stand, and Emmy is well aware of the fact that Kyle has a girlfriend. That’s also why she says yes to a date with Luke Kessler, another Sterling employee and lawyer. But Kyle isn’t about to let Emmy go. And frankly, Emmy can’t let Kyle go, either.
“Kyle was a drug and I was the addict. Every time I would try to break it off with Kyle, he would somehow convince me not to, and maybe I didn’t really want to, or I would have stuck to my guns.”
The story that then follows unfolds over almost 2 years, and I was impressed at how well the writing was executed and how suspenseful the story had been made. This book will bring a whirlwind of emotions and you never quite know who you want to side with: Emmy, Luke or Kyle? They all have their flaws as much as they are endearing to some extent. However, by the end of the book, it becomes clear exactly who you want to side with.
“Anyone who can rationalize love through intellect, has no idea what love is, for it is an emotion, and cannot be rationalized. For love is crazy.”
The whole story is told through Emmy’s POV in first person. I really, really liked Emmy as a heroine. She was strong, intelligent, knew how to stand up for herself, yet she still demonstrated a couple of weaknesses, which made her so incredibly real. Also, it is clear that this book is not at all a praise or encouragement for love triangles: on the contrary, there is a heavy moral at the end of the story, and the heroine is literally carrying the weight of her guilt. She desperately wants to make things right, but circumstances make it difficult for her, and she just can’t bing herself to make a choice. The cover of the book (the newest edition at least), is a perfect representation of Emmy – feelings wise. And trust me, I loathe covers with actual faces on them because they block my imagination! But this one: totally fitting.
“At times, I foolishly believed that either Luke or Kyle would give up with ease, wish me well, and move on with their heart intact. Sometimes I imagined that I would choose one of them, but we would all be good friends.”
All in all, the story is very faceted and full of unexpected turning points, so there’s not a single boring page in this book. I was literally hooked on this rollercoaster of emotions!
Accidentally On Purpose has two sequels, one being Kyle’s story after book 1, and the second one being Luke’s POV during the triangle. I truly can’t wait to read more about this awesome author, so I’ll certainly check them out!
|All the feels|