Series: Stand Alone
Author: MK Harkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 15th, 2013
I know this has to stop. Something has to give. A person cannot die of a broken heart. Believe me, I know. I’ve been waiting—and it’s just not happening.
What would you do in the face of the ultimate betrayal? This is the question facing the characters in MK Harkins’s riveting debut novel, Intentional. They will soon learn, however, that when love is involved, nothing is ever quite as it seems.
Mattie and Jeremy are engaged to be married and looking forward to a lifetime of love. It all crumbles away, however, when Mattie comes across evidence of a massive betrayal. Mattie flees to Washington in an attempt to start a new life and meets Cade, a tattooed engineer by day and a lead singer in a rock band by night. Their mutual attraction enflames Mattie, even as her heart still aches for her former fiancé. Just when it appears that Mattie may have found another stab at happiness, her past comes rushing back. As events unfold, it becomes clear to Mattie that things in her past may not have been quite what they seemed. Will Mattie ever learn the truth behind what really happened? And if she does, could it mean a new beginning with Jeremy, or will it be too late?
Readers will instantly be swept up in the saga of love and heartbreak that unfolds. Offering a rarely-before-seen glimpse into the heart and mind of a romantic villain, audiences will find a welcome reprieve from the typical romance novel.
**A copy was provided for review purposes**
Mattie and Sarah who have been best friends since 4th grade move to Sedona, Arizona. Mattie goes to the law firm where Sarah works for lunch where she first bumps into Jeremy Harkins. Sparks fly and soon enough they’re in love despite Sarah adamantly saying he’s wrong for her. Mattie goes away for a few days with work only to return to something totally unimaginable, utterly betrayed she packs up and moves without telling anyone.
Moving to Mercer Island was the best thing that could have happened to Mattie, she meets Cade who is totally hot and covered in tattoo’s, HELLO! They form a strong friendship and even hint at something more if Mattie can manage to get over her love for Jeremy. When things finally start to look up, her past suddenly appears and she’s confronted by whom she tried to escape from.
I thought the story-line to this novel was a great idea, what had me stumped though was the way it was written. I had to repeatedly go back and forth and re-read parts as the time frame kept changing, it was confusing and I had to keep checking the dates.
I liked how the story was told from three different point of views instead of just your usual one or two. (Mattie, Jeremy, Sarah)
Mattie was a doll and I can’t believe all she went through, I felt so sorry for her. Meeting Jeremy was great for her and they were happy, things were finally starting to look up until it all came crashing down.
Sarah was a great character although I didn’t like her at all! The way she kept everything under control and her planning were great to read, she got what she deserved in my opinion, hard right?
I totally loved Cade, it could be due to the fact he not only had tattoo’s but was also in a band, both of which I think are sexy. He totally turned Mattie’s life around and was a great friend, I dread to think what would have happened to her without him around.
Overall I liked ‘Intentional’ but couldn’t get into it completely due to all the date changes back and forth.