A Mean Girl’s Second Chance Romance: Prom Queen by Katee Robert

A Mean Girl’s Second Chance Romance: Prom Queen by Katee RobertProm Queen (Bad Boy Homecoming, #3)
by Katee Robert
Release Date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
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three-half-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

A high school reunion is about to get down and dirty and a whole lot more complicated in this new erotic romance from NYT Bestselling Author Katee Robert.

Jake Davis had it all in high school—a scholarship to his college of choice, a promising football career, and the gorgeous prom queen for a girlfriend. And then he lost it all when he was injured right after graduation. Ten years later, he’s mostly made his peace with that, and now runs a company that provides women with dates for special events. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that the ex who left him in the dust needs a fake boyfriend for their high school reunion…

Jessica Jackson used to be the mean girl to end all mean girls. But life didn’t turn out like she’d thought it would, and now she’s twenty-eight, single, and works as an insurance agent to A-listers instead of being the A-lister like she’d always dreamed. She can’t go back to her home town and admit just how thoroughly she’s failed, so she lets her friends set her up with a fake date for the reunion.

The second Jessica realizes that her fake date is Jake, she tries to call the whole thing off. The problem is the chemistry between them is even hotter now than it was when they were teenagers. Against her better judgment she lets herself get drawn into Jake’s arms again—and into his bed. But time doesn’t heal all wounds—sometimes, it actually makes them worse—and if Jessica and Jake can’t learn to forgive each other, their second chance might not last the weekend.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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I can always expect Katee Robert to deliver sexy, and fun romances with her stories. I was particularly intrigued by Prom Queen because it not only featured a second-chance romance, but it told the story of a former mean girl. That’s not the kind of heroine that you normally see in romance novels, so I was looking forward to seeing how Katee Robert would work with that. I thought she did a really nice job, and I had fun reading Prom Queen.

Even though Jessica was a mean girl in high school, often tormenting her classmates, she’s reformed now. You can tell that the guilt of her past actions was slowly eating away at her, and she regrets her behavior. Throughout most of Prom Queen, she was very vulnerable, and still struggling with her guilt, but by the end she grows to accept her most and to move on from it. I do wish we had had more flashback scenes showing Jessica in her mean-girl days, because we’re only told about how she was a mean girl. I think it would have made her growth more believable had we seen those flashback scenes. Although I wasn’t fully convinced of Jessica’s character, I was full-on swooning over her love interest, Jake. What a great guy. He goes in to the reunion fully expecting to exact his revenge, but he’s just not the revenge type of guy. Despite how deeply Jessica  hurt him by leaving, he was a complete sweetheart to her. He totally had his alpha side to him too, but not in an overbearing way. He was protective, sexy, and a truly amazing love interest.

The second chance romance was also one of my favorite parts of the story. Katee Robert knows how to pen a good, achy romance that makes you feel all the feels and she did exactly that with Prom Queen. There’s a lot of hurt between Jessica and Jake, and though they dive into their sexual chemistry fairly quickly, they don’t fully become emotionally attached until they’ve had a conversation about their hurt feelings. I really did love the two of them together, especially with how accepting and forgiving Jake was towards Jessica. He could have easily tormented her further, but he’s just not that kind of guy. I thought Jake and Jessica were very much of a complementary couple, in that they fit well together, and helped each other be better versions of their selves. As always, Katee writes seriously steamy sexy times scenes that had me fanning myself!

All in all, Prom Queen was a really good book that I found myself devouring. If you haven’t read any of Katee’s books, then you need to change that ASAP, especially if you enjoy sultry romances and couples that work well together. Katee Robert is a queen of romance!

Excerpt

Excerpt from PROM QUEEN
Copyright © 2017 Katee Robert

Taking a fortifying breath that did nothing to fortify, she scrolled through her texts to find the number that had shown up last night. The words were short and to the point.
I’ll pick you up at the airport.

Nothing there to tell what kind of man she’d ended up with, and she’d been too cowardly to text back anything other than a generic agreement. Now there was nothing left to stall with. Jessica hitched her purse higher up on her shoulder and headed through security. The big red line tiled into the floor was a point of no return in so many ways. Why did I think this was a good idea?

Her mama didn’t raise a coward, though, so she lifted her chin and marched forward. No matter who this guy was, she’d faced down worse. She’d been worse. It couldn’t be more horrifying than the Miss Texas Teen USA pageant of 2005 where that little brat Misty Brennan cut holes into her dress and she didn’t realize it until she was out on stage and had her pink polka dot bra showing to the audience and God. Jessica had powered through that and walked out with second place, and she’d power through this, too.
She joined the people from multiple flights crowded around the baggage claim, her body practically vibrating from nerves. The scent of too many people in too little space assaulted her, but she was more focused on the faces she didn’t recognize from the plane. Too many, all filtered in with the travelers—there was no way she’d be able to pick him out of the crowd. Her date had her picture, so he’d have to be the one to approach. What if he doesn’t? What if this is just karma giving me one last kick in the teeth?

Oh, for God’s sake, stop being so dramatic.

“Jessica.”

A thrill shot down her spine, quickly eaten up by a dread so strong, she wished the ground would open and swallow her whole. She shot a look at the nearest exit, but if she took off now, she’d have to admit that she fled instead of turning and facing her Number One Nightmare.

Jake Davis.

Praying she was wrong, she turned slowly to face him. Nope. That was definitely Jake Davis, ex-quarterback, ex-boyfriend, just all around ex when it came to Jessica. And he was definitely way better in real life than he’d been in the pictures she’d seen while she was creeping on him. Her heart picked up and her body sparked to life in a way it hadn’t in far too long.

Something like ten years.

She was staring. She couldn’t stop. Jessica licked her lips, her breath stalling in her lungs when his green eyes met hers. His eyes had always been one of her favorite features—a true green that brightened depending on what he was wearing, framed with thick, dark lashes that had always made her jealous when she was a teenager. Going by those eyes, Jakes would be judged downright pretty.

At least until you saw the rest of his face. His hair had darkened over the years, closer to brown than blond, and his lantern jaw was covered with… “What the hell is that on your face?”

He blinked, the only outward sign that she’d surprised him.

“Nice to see you too, Jessie.” He touched his scruff. “A lot’s changed since you left.”
Her gaze jumped to his right shoulder. There was no outward sign of the injury that had started the end of it all, but then, he was wearing a light-weight black T-shirt, so it wasn’t like it would show. Focus, Jessica. “What are you doing here? Are you picking up someone for the reunion?” There you go. Nice and casual.

“You might say that.” He kept looking at her like he could see the inside of her head.

Another new trick.

She glanced around, trying to be subtle. The baggage claim had started to clear out, and there weren’t any conveniently gorgeous men standing around alone. Where was her date? Now would be the perfect time for him to sweep in and do the job she’d hired him for. “I’m here with someone.”

“I know.”

She frowned. “What are you talking about?” On second thought, escaping Jake before she met her date was probably a better choice. She didn’t want to have to deal with meeting this new guy and trying to pretend they’d been dating forever. And how was she going to explain how she’d magically lost him between getting off the plane
and the baggage claim.

Cora’s so-called perfect plan was teetering toward disaster.

“Your order from Diamond Dates.” He gave her a slow, knowing grin that she felt all the way to her toes, and offered his hand. “Jessica Jackson, I’m your date for the reunion.”

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  • kindlemom1

    Oh a former mean girl. Definitely not something you see every day. Glad this was a good read for you Nick.

    • Definitely not! Thanks, Ali!

  • I LOVE Katee Robert! She writes some of the best steamy romances. I ended up not requesting this one because I’m so behind on ARCs right now. lol And because I wasn’t sure how I felt about it being a former mean girl. I was worried I wasn’t going to like her character much, but from your review, it sounds like I should have given it a chance after all! lol Great review!

    • Yeah, she knows how to write steam well! Aww boo! I hope you get a chance to read this one though. I think you’d like it. 🙂

  • This looks cute Nick. I am finally listening to Forbidden Promises. I had to wait forever for the audio arc. This looks different and lighter. Of course I am a sucker for second chance romances.

    • Eep! Yes! This is lighter than Forbidden Promises, but still so good! 🙂

  • I’m glad the author was able to show Jessica was reformed and felt bad for her actions. Jake does sound like a sweetheart. I do love a good second chance romance so this might work for me. Wonderful review, Nick! 🙂

    • Give it a try, Rachel! 🙂

  • Second chance romances aren’t normally my thing (the angst is too much for my sensitive heart!!!) but this one sounds awesome. I can’t say that I’ve ever read a romance about a former mean-girl either, so that definitely has me intrigued. Plus, total swoon for love interests who are protective without being OTT.

    • I secretly love the angst and pain! 😉

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed this. It’s not really my kind of read though. I’m not really big on second chance romance tropes. I don’t know why but I don’t like them that much. Also, the whole mean girl thing turns me off, even if it was handled well.

    So glad you enjoyed it, though!

    • Thanks, Quinn. They aren’t for everyone and understand.

  • What I like about this book is that they sat down and had a talk about hurt feelings. I like that they communicate.

    • I love couples that communicate too. I get tired of miscommunication drama!

  • I have a weakness for second chance romance in fiction, even though I would NEVER entertain the idea in real life. I like that the heroine is a former mean girl unlike the usual innocent and idealistic MC you usually get with romance. Will keep this one in mind for when I’m next in the mood for romance reads.

    • Same! I love them in books, but in real life? HELL NO!

  • Jazmen Greene

    This sounds pretty good. I’ll have to look into this author. She’s definitely new to me! Nice review!!

    • Her O’Malley’s series is my favorite!

  • I’m a fan of second chance romance stories…depending of course on the original circumstances. Sounds like a good one.

    • Yeah they can get pretty angsty, but this wasn’t as bad.

  • You are right, you rarely see mean girls in a romance, but I love seeing characters being redeemed. Everyone deserves a second chance right? And I do love this type of trope.