Someone Like You by Jennifer Gracen
The Harrisons #2
Someone Like You was such a wonderful read! I was pleasantly surprised by More Than You Know and then even more thrilled with this one. I love the Harrison family and how much they support each other. Pierce was such a complex character and he’s wonderfully written, flaws and all. Pierce has felt like an outsider with everyone in his family except his sister, Tess. But in this one, we see Dane reaching out and trying to rebuild their relationship and even Charles proves that he loves and cares for his brother. Pierce has some deep seated self-hatred stemming from growing up with his acidic father who constantly put him down. Watching his father verbally attack Pierce and try to tear him apart was so sad and poignant.
A note to other authors out there: this is how you write a reformed playboy that your readers will actually love. Jennifer Gracen really showed us that Pierce wanted to change and was working hard to make it happen. He knew his past was wild and crazy, but he wanted to be judged on who he was now. We’re told about Pierce’s promiscuous past but it’s never thrown back in his face by Abby. Can I say how much I appreciated this?! I hate when heroines have to constantly shame the hero for his past actions; it’s just not attractive. Abby might have been uncomfortable and she certainly struggled with some of Pierce’s past but she understood why he acted like he did and she truly saw him for who he was trying to be instead of who he used to be. I also loved that Pierce genuinely wanted to date Abby. He said he was changed, that he wanted more than just flings and one night stands, and he proves that by explicitly stating his desire to exclusively date Abby. He doesn’t just keeping sleeping with her without defining what’s going on.
I felt so much for Pierce in this book but I also enjoyed Abby. She’s a little stuffy and uptight because she didn’t want to make another mistake by trusting the wrong man but she also couldn’t hold out against Pierce. That being said, she had no problem calling Pierce on his crap. It was so sweet to see the way Abby supports and tries to built up Pierce’s self image. Even when they have their big fight, she recognizes that Pierce is trying to push her away to protect himself from rejection. She’s still angry and pissed that he’s doing it but she continues to see through him.
5 out of 5 stars
Pierce Harrison—yes, that Pierce Harrison, black sheep of the wealthy Harrison clan—has come home to his family’s luxurious Long Island compound. The big question is why the dangerously sexy soccer star agreed to coach a kids’ soccer team. His co-coach Abby McCord should be grateful. Instead she’s fending off some seriously smoldering advances from the scandal-ridden athlete. Good thing bad boys are so not her type . . .
Abby is definitely not lacking in passion, but the sweet-faced beauty needs to learn a thing or two about taking a team to the championship–and a whole lot about how to let a man into her once-broken heart. Pierce definitely knows how to make the moves, but will Abby trust that the bachelor the world has condemned as a scoundrel can settle down with the one woman who has taken hold of his heart?
Published by Zebra Shout on April 26, 2016
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