Jesse’s Girl by Karen Erickson

Jesse’s Girl by Karen Erickson
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

He blew his chance once. Now he intends to blow her mind…

Rick blew it, and he’s never forgotten it. It’s bad enough his best friend Jesse showed his true colors and stole Blair, the girl Rick wanted. Rick never understood what Blair saw in the loser, and still kicks himself for letting her slip through his fingers. But what’s done is done.

Blair is horrified when she realizes that Jesse’s lies cost her the happiness she might have found with Rick. It’s been over with Jesse, but he won’t leave her alone. Help comes from a totally unexpected source—Rick.

When Rick sees them together, he’s confused but tells himself to get over it. Until Jesse lays a hand on her in anger. Now all bets are off. A second chance is all he’s ever wanted and he intends to use it…up against a wall, in his bed, over and over again.

Until she surrenders to the idea that she was meant to be his girl. Forever.

Warning: This book contains lots of delicious, mouth-watering romance and love makin’, including sex against the wall (a personal favorite) and the good ol’ standby, sex in bed.

Jesse is a friend, he’s always been a good friend of mine… well so Rick says, but is it real? And why did she pick Jesse over Rick? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in Jesse’s Girl.

Ms. Erickson writes a great interpretation of the famous Rick Springfield song. It’s a fun trip down memory lane and manages to get the tune stuck in the reader’s brain. I enjoyed finding out what happened after Rick proclaimed that he wanted her back, kind of a throwback to old Hollywood movies. That being said, I would’ve liked to have seen a bit more conflict in the story. The issues the characters deal with are real, and easily identifiable by the reader, but I wanted the antagonist to have a bigger role than he did.

For the hero, I enjoyed Rick. I liked his nice, help everyone streak, but I almost felt that his desire to be the good guy made him the easily stepped on. I admired his need to hold back until Blair was ready – that took guts and fortitude.

As for Blair, she’s the product of rich parents and the victim of smooth talking jerks. She came across as a bit too helpless in spots. As the survivor of an abusive relationship, I could empathize with her fear of men, yet I wanted to see her sport a bit more backbone and say just what she wanted from the get-go.

The love scenes sizzled with passion. You knew these two people were in love, even when they weren’t ready to admit it. Blair’s willingness to trust Rick, I felt, was her redemption. Each time they were together, you felt the tenderness and desire as if you were a part of the story.

If you want a fun story to take a trip down memory lane, then Jesse’s Girl is the novella for you. I give this work 4 cherries.

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