Book Title: Knowing Jack
Author: Rachel Curtis
Release Date: January 17th, 2014
Publisher: Rachel Curtis
Series: Book 1
Pre-Order Link: none yet
Synopsis from Goodreads:
I am not a slut, although I’ve been called one often enough. Yeah, I spent three months screwing one of my college professors, but I was crazy about the guy. Then he broke up with me.
I am not a bitch, although people like to say I am. I kept our relationship secret. I’m not responsible for telling the university administrators about it, but a lot of students still blame me for getting their favorite professor fired.
I am not a drama queen, although everyone thinks I am now. When I got a few nasty messages, I just deleted them. When I got the threat, I assumed it was someone being stupid. I still think that’s all it was. My parents worry, though, so they hired me a bodyguard. Now Jack follows me around, intimidating everyone who approaches me and looking obnoxiously hot.
This is what I am. I’m Chloe. I’m a twenty-year-old art history major. Kind of shy, although I pretend not to be. Stubborn enough to stay here for my senior year, even though everyone hates me.
And I’m stuck with Jack.
He calls me “Princess,” but I’m not a princess either.
Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Just once, I’d like to read an NA book that includes real issues that people who have just become legal adults, face. I mean, I’m getting extremely frustrated with the formula that most NA’s are following right now. Being in your early twenties is much more than going to school and having sex. I mean, really.It involves finding your career path, forming friendships and establishing new boundaries with parents.
The synopsis of this one seemed interesting so when I started it, I had high hopes. Those high hopes were dashed fairly quickly. I liked Chloe in the beginning.Especially how she was determined to return to the school where her reputation had been trashed. It took a lot of courage for her to return to school and I was hoping that her strength would sustain throughout the book.
The thing with Jack just went really fast. I mean clearly Chloe was not committed to this so called “man fast” Basically 3/4’s of the book was straight up erotica. I have no problem with erotica, but in an NA book, there has GOT to be more to the plotline.
The biggest frustration I had was with Jack. He was obsessive,controlling and called her princess all the time. Just no. also he practically laid claim on her after the first time they had sex. I mean, if that’s not a controlling move, I don’t know what is. He said she was his.Controlling much? Women are not possessions asshole. He’d freak out when an old male friend of hers talked to her and then justified his reasoning for practically laying out the guy by saying.
“I don’t want to control you. I want to keep you safe.” -Jack-
No, just no. That is a statement made by many controlling men. They are trying to assure the woman that they are doing this for their own good and because they care about them.
Jack also cared way too much about what his father said. I would even go as far as saying that he was incapable of living his own life, away from his father’s influence. His past was also glossed over which really bugged me. I wanted to know why he was basically playing keep-away with his heart.
I liked Chloe when she was on her own. She was stronger alone than when she was with Jack. She was definitely more confident when he wasn’t around. He turned her into a weak, sex-crazed woman.
I really didn’t like this book at all. Jack and his asshole tendencies ruined this book for me.So I’ll be giving it 2 stars.