Can’t Get Enough of You
Midway through Can’t Get Enough of You I found myself enjoying the story despite the multitude of scrawled reviewer’s notes to the contrary. In the first few chapters, I wore my pencil down to a nub writing “Infodump!” and “Stilted Dialogue!” and “I don’t care what she’s wearing!” on every other page. Unfortunately, I would have had cause to continue in that vein until I closed the book. What made an otherwise unbearable writing style bearable however, was the story.
Jenna Gaines had a childhood sweetheart in Scott Hendricks. They were engaged and in college together with a set plan to get their degrees and marry soon after when Scott changed the plans and answered the siren call of the NBA. He wanted Jenna to go on the road with him for at least his first year playing, but Jenna viewed this as a breach of promise from Scott (choosing basketball over her) and broke off their engagement. I did not hesitate to write Jenna a little FYI in the book margin that playing professional basketball, loving his fiancée, making tons of moolah and setting them up for life, were not incompatible, but she held on to her grief for much of the book and Scott accepted his guilt in their breakup as his due.
When Can’t Get Enough of You opens, it’s around ten years after they had parted and Jenna is back in her hometown of Detroit, as is Scott. She’s at her old university as a professor and he’s back there as a chemistry student. Of course, the sparks fly but Jenna manages to beat each and every one off with her Independence. Capital I. The only thing more annoying than her insistence on being independent (which frankly, I equated here with being stubborn) is her indecision (I Love Him, I Love Him Not) and her wilful blindness (He Loves Me? He Loves Me Not!)
Apart from Scott’s reappearance in her life, Jenna has finally found her long-lost siblings. When she was five, she, her twin sister and her brother were separated. She grew up in a loving foster home but never stopped wishing to be reunited with her family. Twenty-five years later, she has enough funds to hire a private investigator and succeeds in locating her brother and sister. Jenna’s relationship with Lincoln is easy but there are many rough patches to navigate with her twin sister who has had the roughest life amongst the three of them. In contrast to high-powered attorney Lincoln and PhD-professor Jenna, Leah strips at seedy clubs in Las Vegas. She’s envious of Jenna’s wealth, respectability and her man, and because Jenna continues to play ‘I Don’t Need You – Stay With Me!’ with Scott, an insecure Leah sees a chink in the armour to attack.
I didn’t agree with all of Jenna’s choices in how she dealt with Scott and her twin, but I did appreciate the seriousness of both situations and the story set-up was enough to hold my interest. In addition, Jenna and Scott did have an attraction (beyond sexual) that I believed in and so I was invested in getting to their Happily Ever After. However, if I had been any less interested in the characters, the at-times awful dialogue would have made for a torturous read. I think I got lucky. Since it’s truly a mixed bag, you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth it for you.