Series: Jade #2
Publisher: Self Published on November 1, 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Rewind Challenge
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Now that Garret’s decided he’s no longer following the rules of his wealthy family, he can finally develop a closer relationship with Jade. Things are going well, but Jade still worries that being with Garret is only temporary. And because of that, she’s not sure how much of herself and her past she’s willing to let him see.
Garret does all he can to assure Jade that the two of them can last, but convincing her of that is difficult when she’s never trusted anyone. So he has to show her, by being there when she needs him the most, even when she tries to keep him away.
The mysterious letter from Jade’s mom still haunts her and now she’s getting threatening phone calls. Someone from Jade’s past will stop at nothing to keep his secrets from getting out. And his number one secret is Jade.
Check out my review of Choosing You (Jade #1)
“‘It’s because you’re not running from stuff anymore.’ He cups my cheek and wipes the remaining tears off my face with his thumb. ‘You’re dealing with it.’ ‘I don’t want to deal with it. Dealing with it sucks.’ ‘I know it does. But sometimes life sucks and you just have to deal with it.’ It’s true. But it’s not fair. I’ve already dealt with enough in 19 years. I can’t deal with any more.”
I absolutely adored the first novel and HAD to know what happened with Jade and Garret!
Knowing You continues the story of Jade and Garret. The letters and phone calls that Jade has been getting are still coming, and eventually someone ransacks her dorm room. This is followed by a wide array of events that I can’t even mention because they include major spoilers.
This novel was even better than the last one! All of the things with the mystery caller comes to a head with events that I couldn’t see coming. Out of all of the things that happened, I could only see one of them coming, and even then I was iffy about it. This novel definitely has the ability to surprise its reader. In addition to that, there were scenes where the suspense had my heart pounding in fear. It was able to induce emotions that I haven’t felt in a while when reading a novel.
“I’m Jade, the sarcastic, independent, smart ass who has no interest in marriage or weddings or rings or any of that stuff. And yet my stupid heart skips a stupid beat when that stupid boy tosses out the idea that someday he might marry me.”
Jade continues to be the tough girl that I loved in the previous novel, maybe even more so in this novel. Jade is under a lot of duress, especially in the last few chapters of this novel, but she handles it amazingly, given what she is experiencing. Her strength to deal with things shines through more than anything in this installment of the series.
“‘What do you think of this one?’ He’s pointing to the house next to him; a white two-story with black shutters. ‘It’s nice, I guess.’ ‘You don’t like it. Okay, we’ll keep looking.’ ‘What are you talking about?’ ‘I was trying to find us a house. You like this neighborhood, right?’ ‘We’re not looking for houses, Garret. We’re 19. So stop it. You’re freaking me out.’ He catches up to me. ‘That’s why I said it. It’s funny to watch you get so freaked out by the idea of a future with me.’ He pauses. ‘Well, I guess it’s not that funny.’”
Garret was definitely a staple in this novel. At this point, he’s gotten his dad to back off of him and Jade, which I really loved. He went to some pretty extreme measures to do it, and I loved him for it. He still had things to deal with, but it wasn’t nearly as big of a plot line. But what he did do was support Jade with what was going on, taking on the role of her protector, which was definitely a plus in my book!
“‘Yeah, I got the hint,’ I say, laughing. ‘Goodnight.’ He kisses me. ‘I love you, Jade.’ He waits for me to say it back but I can’t do it. I can’t keep getting closer to him. I need to start pulling away from him. I let myself get far too deep into this and now I need to get out, even though my heart is screaming at me not to.”
Jade and Garret’s relationship in this novel is more established than it was in the previous novel. It was nice to actually see them together and working toward the same thing. They were as cute as ever, but the romance wasn’t as focused on in this novel as it was in the previous novel due to all of the stuff with Jade and her stalker/caller. But it definitely was present in this novel and of what we did see, it was adorable.
Knowing You was another great addition to the Jade series. It promptly continues the story where Choosing You left off and was filled to the brim with unpredictable happenings. It’s definitely worth the read.