Monday, September 2, 2013

(W)REC(K) A BOOK: Courted


My name is Yanna Everleigh. I used to think playing hard to get would be enough to keep gorgeous, sexy billionaires away - well, at least the kind who didn't do love at least. But I was wrong. If anything, it just made my billionaire get even, leaving us both brokenhearted.


His name is Constantijin Kastein. He blows hot and cold, acting like he doesn't know the meaning of romance but then he sweeps me off my feet with the adorable little things he does. He makes me want to be his, even though he seems to want other women, too. But he's also Netherland's #1 playboy and I'm the only virgin he hasn't been able to bed. I have to be sure he doesn't just see me as a challenge.

Maybe if I ask him to court me - maybe if I pretend other men are also courting me - pretend that I'm like him and I can want other men, too - maybe he'll finally stop trying to seduce me.

Or not.
- Goodreads


A little more than two weeks has passed since Yanna saw Constantijin. She's miserable despite efforts to keep thoughts of him at bay, and one late night at work, as she's passing the windows of his dark office, she pauses to make herself look like the kind of bimbos he only seems to go for. She looks away, then back at her reflection- and screams. She gets in trouble with the night guard while Constantijin's trying not to laugh out loud- lol! -and after he gets her in his office, she and Constantijin share a moment of laughter at her ridiculousness. And then he tells her, she wins. He will court her. But there are conditions, like their courtship being a secret and there being no other suitors. He clears up why their courtship should be on the down low for now, but she says 'no' to the last part.
"Our courting has begun."

Their days of courting is super cute and squeal-worthy (Hell, I did it at least three times) but when he leaves for a business trip, he makes her promise him that she isn't entertaining any other suitors. She doesn't want him to think that she's something easy to conquer, and she certainly doesn't want the playboy to know how much she likes him, so she tells him it's none of his business. *Sigh*. And after a few days of his business trip  being extended, she gives in and Googles his ass. He's at functions, looking dashing in the pictures with Selena on his arm. But then she sees another photo- of the two entering Selena's hotel room at three in the morning.

Yanna feels sick with hurt, and when he does return, she let's him have it.

"I didn't peg you to be the type to ascribe to double standards."

Oh shit. She realizes what's happened, and she cries, telling him she was only ever seeing him, and when she can't talk anymore or take in his white face, she runs, crying. By this point, I feel bad for her, but at the same time, it could've been avoided if she's just been honest with him! But anyway...

She avoids his attempts at apologizing and attends a function for work with George, and eventually gets introduced to Constantijin's mother. The mom is hilarious and agrees that her son's an ass, but it's an almost endearing conversation among the women, and when she dances with Constantijin, he gets in his apology and tells her she matters to him, before walking her back to George. She's floored.

Days later, after another successful presentation, she and Constantijin do their little thing and walk out, but men are outside, and she panics at the thought of getting caught. So she walks away, and when Drake- who's among the men -offers to give her a ride, she agrees so it doesn't look like anything's going on between her and Constantijin. But that was the wrong thing to do. Constantijin is beyond jealous or mad- and when she texts him trying to make up an excuse, he doesn't answer.

She sees him everywhere in the media now with other women, and it drives her crazy. Her friends, Nik and Daria being among them, tell her that maybe she was the one to make the mistake this time. Nik tells her that Constantijin is just a man in the end, and she had chosen Drake over him, whether it was for good reasons or 'just cause'. And then, since he's rich, he tells her that she should crash the fundraiser Constantijin's going to be at. She gets his ticket and gets in, but when someone takes her hand, she looks- and it's not Constantijin. She tells Drake he has the worse timing ever, and the man she was looking for sees her with him and storms off. Drake tells her to go after him, and with a promise to herself that she'd be the one courting him, she runs. Because for better or for worse, she's in love with him.

The end. :3 Of the three, this would be at the bottom of my favorite's list because 1) this is the very patchy part of their relationship and 2) she actually is the one who makes a lot of the mistakes. :( But she loves him! She can finally say it to herself. Only now, she has a slight problem: how is she going to love someone who doesn't do love? Poor Yanna.

Happy Reading.

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