When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey | ARC Review

August 31, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 7 Comments

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When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey | ARC ReviewWhen the Stars Align
by Jeanette Grey
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: September 1, 2015 by Forever Yours
Format: eARC
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2.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Their passion burned hotter than the stars . . .

For Josephine "Jo" Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world's preeminent scientific facilities, she'll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam.

For Adam McCay, physics is simple-it's women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . .

Under the endless stars of a tropical sky, Jo and Adam indulge their every desire. But as their internship comes to an end, their perfect island paradise is threatened. Was their time together a summer fling? Or is their passion hot enough to last the long winter nights?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Jo thrives to do better, to be better. When an opportunity arises for her to travel to Arecibo, Puerto Rico to do research on the biggest radio-telescope in the world, she jumps at the chance. Her focus is only on doing research, not making friends and certainly not a fling, who comes in the form of Adam.

I saw this cute cover on Netgalley, read “Puerto Rico” in the description and I immediately requested it. I mean, I live in Puerto Rico and this is the first time I find a book where it’s setting is Puerto Rico so I was very pumped and excited. Sadly, I was disappointed. Instead of talking about all of the wonderful things that Puerto Rico has, all the author mentioned was how hot it was over and over and over again. I did liked that the author really embraced and explained very well how the radio-telescope looks. I had never been and it is like… Probably an hour from my home so I had to search for pictures online and ask my friends that have been to it before so I could really picture it. The author also mentioned Mosquito Bay, Vieques, which has a bioluminescent bay that is so gorgeous! I really loved that she incorporated this into the story.

radio telescope arecibo bioluminescent bay vieques

But what truly frustrated me is our main character, Jo. She made me want to stop reading this book a lot of times. I couldn’t connect with her at all—there was no way. I mostly kept reading for Adam and the other research students because they really were entertaining. But Jo acted like an ignorant woman for the most part of the book and would act childish at times. She was doing research along with other students. The girl Jo was rooming with always tried to be nice to her and went out of her length to invite her to their activities and Jo always kept saying she was better off not spending time with them… People who really were genuine and kind. As you can see, I was very frustrated and irritated by Jo. I just wish Jo hadn’t been so unlikable to begin with. There was some character development but I would have loved if she had gone through more development because it was needed. Adam was a sweetheart and a very down-to-earth guy. He really tried to help Jo in changing for the better and would motivate her 24/7.

I think the story was focused solely on Jo, instead of branching out more in her friendships and relationship with her father. I would have loved for the author to explore Jo’s relationship with her dad. Now this is a very big deal throughout the book but it is only mentioned by Jo. She doesn’t spend time with her dad or anything until near the end and it wasn’t much. Even with my rating, I would recommend this book. Just because I didn’t connect with Jo, doesn’t mean others won’t. I stated my reasons for why not liking her but others love characters like Jo so I still would recommend it. And I would still give this author a chance because her writing is really good and the way she describes a scenery is wonderful.

If you really want to know about my beautiful island of Puerto Rico, you should totally check out the article 37 Reasons You Should Never Visit Puerto Rico. The title is sarcastic, just in case.

About Jeanette Grey

RITA® finalist author Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing.

Never content to do just one thing, she is published in new adult, as well as contemporary, futuristic, and male/male romance. Her short fiction has appeared in two consecutive annual editions of Best Erotic Romance, and her novella, Take What You Want, was named one of Library Journal’s best books of the year.

In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.

She is a member of the Professional Authors Network of Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of Capital Region Romance Writers. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.

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7 responses to “When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey | ARC Review

  1. I’ve read a whole lot of books just because they mention a California setting, so I understand the excitement. Especially so in your case, when there aren’t many books with a Puerto Rico setting. That stinks about the main character, though.

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  2. Awe, that stinks, Gen. The cover of this book is amazing and sucks the book didn’t match up. Definitely awesome that PR was the setting, but it didn’t do too much for it…especially when the pics you’ve sent me of PR are GORGEOUS 😀

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