Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
Jemma and Ryder’s relationship was rocky and frustrating most of the time, but there were secret and intimate moments between them that created the tension perfectly. Their families, and in particular their mother’s, have pushed the two on each other since birth, hoping to unite the Cafferty and Marsden clan’s through marriage. Backfiring on them, Jemma and Ryder seemingly hate each other, but it is really a fine line between love and hate.
The circumstances that brought these two together were believable and intense and it created a further bond that was even a little deeper than what they had grown up with. Basically, I loved this so so much. It was sweet, romantic, swoony, and had great family dynamics, all thrown in a southern setting that was so perfectly described, I (as someone who lives in Canada and has never been to the south) felt like I had lived there in Magnolia Branch with Jemma and Ryder my entire life.
Read this book everyone. It is the perfect summer read, even though i read it in the dead of winter.