ARC Review + Giveaway: When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey

29 Aug 2015

Book Title: When the Stars Align
Author: Jeanette Grey
Series: Standalone
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Their passion burned hotter than the stars . . .

For Josephine "Jo" Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world's preeminent scientific facilities, she'll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam.

For Adam McCay, physics is simple-it's women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . .

Under the endless stars of a tropical sky, Jo and Adam indulge their every desire. But as their internship comes to an end, their perfect island paradise is threatened. Was their time together a summer fling? Or is their passion hot enough to last the long winter nights?




"Drawn in by gravity, fueled by a fire as old as the universe itself. He was never letting her out of his orbit again."

I've never been happier to stumble across another book that took me by absolute surprise! For that I have to thank my lovely girl, Feifei who brought this to my attention. Pretty cover, wonderful blurb and a story that left me reeling with such happiness after putting it down. There's a part of me that wants to re-read some scenes just to relive all the amazing moments again!

The story itself is very simple one on its own. Josephine 'Jo' Kramer has just landed a summer internship in Puerto Rico under a prestigious astronomy programme. While there with a few others, she met Adam McCay but they started off on the wrong foot. When they got paired up to work on a project, it won't be long till they acknowledge the undeniable sparks between them.

Initially, Jo was a rather hard heroine to love especially with her broody attitude and locking everyone outside of her world. She had no intentions on making new friends and only determined to work her arse off on her internship. But I was willing to look past that as I actually became more intrigued with her character instead. The more I learnt about what made up her insecurities, the more I accepted her and understood her actions.

Adam on the other hand is absolutely swoon-worthy, gah!! He's the dream guy; he got the looks and the brains and a wonderful heart of gold. The only problem was that Adam still hasn't gotten over his last love. Battling over his new-found attraction for Jo, he has to make a choice between fighting for the present or hold onto the past. I absolutely LOVED how Adam chose to sort out his feelings first before attempting anything with Jo. This is the level of maturity I would expect from a NA read and it delivered here.

"And if we ever kiss- when we kiss, it's going to be when I can give you everything. Because that's what you deserve."
I'm also in love with the setting of this book, the real places described and used by the author in this read really piqued my interest till I had to actually go look them up online. There was one scene where Jo & Adam visited Vieques Island which is known for its night view where the ocean water sparkles. And oh my gawd, it was breathtakingly gorgeous!!

The picture above is in actual fact the real place itself. In that moment, I truly believed that Jo & Adam swam in a universe of stars. It was such a beautiful, romantic moment that has been etched into my memory now. Definitely adding that to my bucket list of places to go ♥

When the Stars Align was definitely a solid read from start to end for me and one that I'm genuinely happy that I gave it a shot. It had a good balance of angst and romance, the steamy scenes were deliciously hot and the characters were so well-developed throughout. The story flowed well for me and the push-pull between the MCs was one that I could appreciate without getting really annoyed or frustrated at.

Definitely one of the better NA reads I've had this year and cannot wait to read more from this author!

When the Stars Align is a standalone contemporary New Adult romance read.

ARC kindly provided by Forever Romance via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Jeanette Grey

Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When she isn't writing, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.

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