The one that pulled your pigtails.
The one that lifted your dress in front of the entire school.
Now he's that guy in the office.
The one that steals your lunch from the fridge.
The one that gets away with everything.
I'm sure you know him. Everyone knows that guy.
He's a #JERK.
Presley Malone knew her relationship with her fiancé, Jason, had run its course. The second that ring came off her finger, she didn't expect to be the pawn in an immature game played by the office jerk.
His name is Haden Cooper, and he is six years younger than her. Immature and irresponsible, getting drunk and stoned every weekend like he never left college. He rode a motorcycle, carrying a different girl each week. He was everything a jerk should be—insensitive, unreliable, and most importantly, a heartbreaker.
Haden enjoyed playing games, and when it came to Presley Malone, it was all too easy. Miss Know-it-all with her over-the-top OCD was soon going to get a taste of what it was like to live on the edge.
But what starts off as an innocent prank soon becomes an unhealthy obsession.
He is wrong for her and she is wrong for him. It's a battle of the sexes ready to go to war. But in this battle there are no winners, and it takes only one fateful night and six tequilas for their lives to take an unexpected turn that changes them both forever.
Deep into the second chapter of an erotic thriller, I feel the presence of someone beside me. The charcoal grey pants are a dead giveaway and inadvertently, I groan, granting myself some patience to deal with him today. Why the fuck won’t he just leave me alone? I’ve met my share of annoying human beings but Haden Cooper takes the cake.
“I’m taking orders,” he huffs in annoyance.
I give him my full attention and decide to have a little fun with him. After all, he did ruin a blouse that even the dry cleaners declared a write-off for. Yes, I will have fun. Serves him right for being such a jerk.
“At my beck and call? Well I’ll have the roast chicken on rye, lettuce, tomato, and no mayo. I repeat—no mayo.”
He stares back at me without writing down my order.
“You might want to write it down.”
“I have a good enough memory.”
A loose laugh escapes me. “That’s funny, I think Trina down on ten would beg to differ.”
His eyes twitch, caught in an awkward moment. I want to see what pathetic excuse he has for this.
“Really, Haden? I don’t know how men can just screw around with strangers and not even take a moment to remember someone’s name,” I rant.
He leans on my desk and rubs the slight stubble on his chin. “You seem awfully interested in my sex life, Presley Malone. Is there something I’m missing here?”
“What?” I shoot back, almost a little too nervous. “Please, I wouldn’t touch you with a ten-foot pole. No, make it a twenty-foot pole with an extension. God, you’re so insensitive. You don’t care about anyone’s feelings and have zero respect in the workplace.”
“Anything else?”“Plus, you’re a jerk.”
This is a book that will give you the feels, and by that I mean you will feel like bitch-slapping both Presley and Haden. Talk about dysfunctional! I enjoyed every part of this story, but at the same time it was like a train wreck, where I just had to keep going to see where it would end up.
Haden definitely lived up to his #Jerk status in this story, and for the life of me I had to remember that this was supposed to be a man who is 26. I don't have one issue with the older woman/younger man relationship (hell, I'm 4 years older than my husband), but I wasn't too keen on the juvenile antics and games Haden played. But hey, for whatever reason Presley fell for him, even with his hot-n-cold behavior.
What got me was the decision Haden made in the first third of the book, and the fact that he followed through right up until the end blew my mind. But at the same time, if Haden hadn't made that choice, there's a good chance this story wouldn't have been as dramatic as it is now.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Born and bred in Sydney Australia, Kat T. Masen is a mother to three crazy boys and wife to one sane husband. Growing up in a generation where social media and fancy gadgets didn't exist, she enjoyed reading from an early age and found herself immersed in these stories. After meeting friends on twitter who loved to read as much as she did, her passion to write began and the friendships continued on despite the distance. "I'm known to be crazy and humorous. Show me the most random picture of a dog in a wig and I'll be laughing for days."