When in Paris... / Only for You written by Beverley Kendall
Publication Date: December 30th 2012
Series: Unforgettable You #1, The Language of Love #1
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College freshman Olivia Montgomery is thrilled at the chance to start over, escape the rumors that plagued her in high school. And she can finally put her juvenile crush, Zachary Pearson, where he belongs--in her past. Then her unrequited love strolls into her French class, shattering Olivia's newfound peace, and the feelings she'd thought buried for good come rushing back. Now she can't shake her unwanted attraction to the one guy who can twist her stomach into knots with just a smile...but has never given her the time of day.
Zach's good looks may have always gotten him his pick of girls, but it's the star quarterback's skill on the football field that gives him his pick of the Big Ten colleges. To escape the crushing demands of his win-at-all-costs father, Zach opts for a private university in upstate New York where...his present and past collide. And the one girl he's always wanted but can't have--and a class trip to Paris--turn out to be the ultimate game changer that has him breaking every one of his rules.
The book starts in French class when Olivia Montgomery locks eyes with Zachary Pearson her longtime high school crush. Unbeknownst to Olivia, Zach also shares the same attraction but was giving her the cold/cool attitude because he couldn’t act on his feelings. Apparently, Olivia’s mother had an affair with his uncle which resulted in divorce. As a result, he was trying to deny his attraction to her and was pretty much indifferent.
Their friendship started when April, Olivia’s best friend invited her to have dinner with another friend Troy, Zach’s roommate. April and Troy try to match them up together as it was pretty much obvious that they had something going on. So starts the love/hate relationship between the two. A field trip to Paris changes everything and they become intimate; with Olivia thinking that they are a couple and Zach thinking that it is only a friends-with-benefits thing. Things blow up when they return to school when Olivia finds out that Zach is not serious with her coupled with the fact that Zach’s crazy ex Ashley, keeps on calling him. They do not talk for a while until Ashley appears in Olivia’s dorm and collapses, resulting in a 911 call, which reveals all. Zach still had been communicating with Ashley because she had suicidal tendencies and he could not, in his good conscience, not talk to her. Olivia understands and Zach talks to Ashley’s parents and says that he does not want to be involved with her anymore. The parents agree and said that they will get help for her. Olivia and Zach go home together and officially start their new relationship.
When in Paris… is a new genre for me – YA/Chic-Lit type. I am actually surprised that I liked it. Olivia and Zach really had an explosive relationship with a lot of sexual tension. Another thing that I liked about the book was the first-person telling of the story. I especially like that Ms. Kendall wrote Zach’s POV and I loved getting a feel of his thoughts and feelings. His POV is also realistically male.
Olivia and Zach are a perfect match, I thought. I love how both of them don’t really know each other apart from what they assume what each other is until they got to know each other. Their relationship progresses in a way that is slow but building up to love. I have to admit, this sort of sounds like my love story (LOL).
One thing that I did not like about it is that the ebook had flourishes in between Olivia’s POV and Zach’s POV that it cut off a few words. I hate it when this happens, although I know it is not Ms. Kendall’s fault. This is a peeve of mine and I just have to say this. Another thing that I thought could have been explored was Olivia finding out about her mom’s relationship with his uncle. It was not actually mentioned in the book but was implied that Olivia is mad with her mother, with her father living in an apartment. I thought that there should have been more emphasis on this because I think this should have been the major problem and not about Ashley. Although Ashley had an integral role in their relationship, I thought it was not a really big enough impact overall.