by J.J. McAvoy
Publication Date: April 21, 2016
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is.
Guinevere ‘Gwen’ Poe thinks her fiance is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first…
But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiance on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other…
J.J. McAvoy did something in That Thing Between Eli & Gwen that I absolutely love. For me, there is nothing better than characters who start as frenemies and then fall for one another. I love the banter these two characters have. This Con-Artist and Dr. Asshole were good for a lot of laughs, steamy moments and in the end, a heartfelt romance. This book was a total win for me!
Gwen and Eli have something in common. Both of their fiancé’s ran off with each other. On Eli’s wedding day. After this happens, both of them deal with the heartbreak a little differently. Eli throws himself into work, determined to get over Hannah and forget about love period. Gwen is less of a workaholic and more of a free spirit. She has her art and she knows eventually she will have someone again.
“People are sometimes unlucky in love, but I’d rather be unlucky a dozen more times than close myself off and never have the chance to have that with someone.”
You would think with the common ground Eli and Gwen have, the two of them getting along would be a sure thing. You would be wrong. They are opposite and at times, can’t stand each other. I loved their back and forth banter. I loved their quirky friendship. And even more, I loved watching that friendship develop into something more.
“I don’t know what it is. I don’t know how I got here. One moment you were just another woman who got hurt too, and them you were Guinevere. Funny, weird, talented, beautiful Guinevere… I don’t know how it happened, all I know is that I’m thinking about you, and not just like a friend.”
As characters go, Gwen is probably my favorite that JJ has written. I loved her attitude, how she embraced who she was and what she believed in. She changed for no one. Eli was great, too. He was a bit of a jerk at first, but he really grew on me as the story went on. He and Gwen together had an insane amount of chemistry. You could just feel it building and building throughout the story. Once he brought out his softer side, I fell for him, too.
This story was not only fun and fresh, it was also sweet and romantic. I love a story that can make me fall in love, laugh and feel. That Thing About Eli & Gwen is 100% a stand-alone, but I hope that JJ decides to write a book about Eli’s brother, Logan. I adored him! This story is well written, sexy, full of laughs and hit all the right enemies to friends to lovers buttons. Not to mention, the ending was wonderful and the epilogue was perfection! I give this one a full 5 stars!
“You are beautiful. You… Guinevere Aurora Poe, are the most beautiful woman in the world to me. Let me say it. You should hear it.”
About J.J. McAvoy
My name is JJ and I’m a student currently living in Ottawa. I wrote Ruthless People in the summer of 2013 in hopes of giving myself a new type of love and crime drama. I never would have imagined that so many of you would enjoy it as well! I truly feel blessed to have fans like you all. Writing is my true love and having you all love my words is a dream come true.