Julie Johnson is an author that I happened upon about a month or so ago. I knew she was amazing after I read, Like Gravity, but after reading, Not You It’s Me, she’s skyrocketed to the top of my list of must read, favorite authors. She writes amazing stories that pull you in, and captivate you right from the get go. Her characters are interesting and easily relatable, and I promise, you’ll always find a new book boyfriend with her at the helm.
Not You It’s Me, had me hooked from the very first chapter. It’s a romantic comedy with just enough suspense to keep your heart racing. The novel starts with our heroine, Gemma Summers. She’s never been one for relationships, but feeling pressured by her married, kid toting friends, she decides to give it a try. And she’s been trying…for four months. Ralph isn’t even her type, cheap haircut, pudgy physique, wardrobe consisting of sports t-shirts and track pants. He doesn’t even look her in the eye half the time. Luck is on her side when she calls into a radio station and wins courtside NBA playoff tickets. If that doesn’t save her floundering relationship, nothing will.
Ralph is excited, so excited that he spends the entire game on the phone to his friends gloating about how he won playoff tickets. Gemma is determined to have a good time, and it’s working, until the kiss cam lands on her and her soon to be ex-boyfriend. Luckily, this is where our hero enters the story. Chase Croft, ex-playboy billionaire, trying to turn his life around. He swoops in when Ralph leaves Gemma hanging and gives her a fairytale kiss that the whole world sees, thanks to broadcast television.
Chase in all his alpha male glory saves the day, and knows immediately that he wants more with Gemma. But there are secrets from his past keeping him away. Only secrets never really stay secrets, do they? Now Gemma is vulnerable to a very real threat, and Chase’s reasons for staying away are gone. But Gemma has demons of her own that she’s fighting. Plus the press are making life increasingly difficult for them both.
But sometimes it’s worth it to take that leap, to trust in your heart and give hope a chance.
I loved this book so much that I wanted to re-read it as soon as I finished. It was a funny, sexy, suspenseful read that will keep you enthralled until the very last page. This isn’t a typical girl vs. the alpha male billionaire story that you’re used to. They have more in common than you’d expect. And that gives them the strength to stick together and help each other through the hard times. “The past holds pain, the future holds promise,” applies to both of them. You’ll fall in love with the main characters as well as the secondary characters. Gemma’s friends are a hilarious addition to her already snarky way of thinking. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. I give it 5 big stars!
Rating: 5 Stars
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Reviewed by April