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New Release Review and Giveaway! THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US by Rachel Harris (The Fine Art of Pretending #2)

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About THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US:

One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.

Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.

Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.

For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.

Excerpt:

Planting my feet on the floor, I grab the assignment packet. I thumb through the long list of group dates, taking note of all the partner-time required (a lot), and a rush of endorphins floods my bloodstream. My heart pounds just like it did when I tagged out Jefferson to win last night’s game, and when a relieved exhale parts my lips, I hear Carlos say, “Uh oh.”

“What?” I ask distractedly.

“You’ve got that psycho look in your eyes.” I raise my eyes and he waves a finger back and forth in front of my face. “The same one you had before we egged Crestmont High last week. You’re planning something.”

Adrenaline bounces my knee. “Maybe I am.”

My hand beats out a rhythm on my thigh as I realize that this is exactly what I’d been waiting for. The answer to the itch under my skin. My extreme restlessness. It’s not a new feeling—if I were honest, it’s been on a low simmer for years. Being with Aly just brought it to a boil. I’ve been numb ever since I lost Peyton, and this… this insane marriage project is my chance to finally make things right.

“Tell Abuelita I’ll be there,” I say, returning my gaze to the back of Peyton’s head. “And that I’ll be bringing a girl even she can’t complain about.” From the corner of my eye, I see him stare at me in confusion. “I’m bringing my wife.”

Carlos’s mouth opens in a mix of shock and doubt and I don’t blame him. I saw Peyton’s reaction, too. But I have three whole weeks between now and then, and a plan taking shape in my mind.

Peyton may think she hates me, but that’s only because she doesn’t know the total truth. Soon, that’ll change—but I can’t rush it. I have to start small. Ease into it. Use these dates and outings to show her how much I’ve changed since I was fifteen and screwed everything up.

But I will do it.

“Mark my words, Carlos,” I say, feeling excited about a girl for the first time in a very long time. But then, that’s because it’s not just any girl; it’s my girl. She just doesn’t know it yet. “I’m gonna be the best damn husband in this entire class.”

He looks at me uncertainly, but that doesn’t faze me. I won’t let it. I know I don’t deserve it. Hell, I never deserved her. But I’m not letting anything stop meNot this time. Thanks to Coach Stasi, I’m going to remind Peyton of all the reasons she fell for me in the first place.

And then I’m going to make her do it again.

 

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Review:

Such a cute story!

It was a bit slow to start–we’re pretty much thrown into the middle of things, three years after Justin and Payton broke up and on the day they’re assigned their final class project for Family and Consumer Sciences, and since we get the bulk of the backstory through the alternating chapters of backstory, it took a loooong time to get to the reasons behind it–but once the story got going I had a hard time putting it down. I really liked both Justin and Peyton (and OMG, why haven’t I read The Fine Art of Pretending yet? I’m going to have to soon–just to get more Justin :)); they probably could have done a hundred or so more pages of stuff and I would have happily kept on reading it.

School, work, sleep–whatever 😉

It did feel like the characters were acting a bit older at times than they probably should have–maybe this would have been better as a New Adult rather than YA?–but then the senior class project and Justin’s big decision wouldn’t have worked for the timeline, and I did like that aspect of it quite a bit. (Plus, given Justin’s family situation, it does make sense that he’s going to behave more adult than he is, thanks to his being left on his own so often.) I’m definitely anxious to see where Ms. Harris is going with the next book in the series–there are quite a few secondary characters in this one that I’d like to get to know better.

The Natural History of Us was the second book in the series, but it worked just fine without having read book 1 first. I didn’t honestly realize it was part of a series until I was almost finished with it, and by then I was just psyched to find out I could visit the characters again later on.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Rachel Harris - Author photoAbout Rachel Harris:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!
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