NA review: Where I Belong by J. Daniels

Title: Where I Belong
Author: J. Daniels
Series: Alabama Summer #1
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: 27th June 2014

When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid. 

Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead. 

Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process. 

Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister. 

Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him. Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be. 

Protagonist Mia grew up in Alabama but hasn’t been back for quite a long time. She’s looking forward to spending the summer there with her best friend but she is not looking forward to seeing her annoying brother who caused her hell as a child. Tessa is a bit more wild than Mia and she doesn’t want to spend the summer with her still being a virgin so she sets out to have one incredible night and she does, leaving her to spend the summer having fun. 

For the most part, I really liked Mia apart from maybe in the beginning of the book. It’s quite clear from the start that Mia is not like her best friend Tessa who is boy crazy and doesn’t really have a filter on what she says. Mia feels like she should be more like Tessa so goes off to find herself a one night stand to lose her virginity. From what I got of Mia to begin with it wasn’t really something it seemed like she would do. Once she gets to Alabama though she was a good character with lots of personality. 

Obviously Mia’s childhood enemy and Tessa’s brother Ben is the guy she ends up sleeping with. It has been years since they have seen each other so are unrecognisable to each other and they have a night without names. The chemistry between the two for that one night was amazing and the scene written really well. I couldn’t wait to get more of Mia and Ben after this. 

Once Mia and Ben realise that they slept with each other they have very different feelings about it. Mia is so frustrated while Ben wants more. Mia has to battle her conflicting feelings for Ben while he makes it his mission to make sure she knows he isn’t the same, childish little boy she used to know any more. I really enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and to get to know how they really felt about each other. There is a lot of fun banter between them and that lightened up the story. 

J. Daniels writes characters that you can relate to and a plot that keeps you hooked. I really enjoyed this one. 

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