Release Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.
Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.
Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?
Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?
Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.
My Thoughts: Jude and her sisters made a pact a long time ago, to stay away from all the Vargas boys. They even have a book of broken hearts! The Vargas boys are heart breakers, and good for nothing!
But boy oh boy did Jude get a surprising when she ran into Emilio Vargas and noticed how hot and sexy he was! He made her mad, annoyed, and gave her butterflies in her stomach.
Jude and her father are going to fix his old motorcycle. All they need are the parts, the time, and a mechanic who knows what he’s doing. Pretty easy to find, right? Jude thought so too until she was paired up with Emilio who just happens to be good at his job and quite the guy to fix cycles!
Jude and her father’s relationship is so sweet. He isn’t doing well and Jude is spending her last summer before college helping him out. But she believes deep down in her heart, that if she can restore his motorcycle, he’ll remember and be ok.
And the chemistry between Emilio and Jude is so sweet. I loved the way he talked and the way they acted around one another. He made her blush and laugh.
I also loved Jude’s relationship with her family. Her sisters remind me a lot of my own. They have such funny and sweet relationships. They are there for each other, know when to get serious, and when to joke around.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved this story and how it triggered so many emotions in me. I felt every emotion running through Jude as it was my own. I felt so sorry for her father and wanted to hug him and tell him it would be ok.
Amazing setting, amazing characters, amazing family dynamics, and amazing love!
I think this is the best Ockler book up to date!
Overall: Loved it! I think it’s the best Ockler book I've read! I thought it was amazing and I loved all the characters. Yes, it has romance but it also focused on family which was awesome.
Cover: I actually like it. I like the colors, the book, the heart, everything. I think its sweet!
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