The Long Way Home by Tara Brown
The Long Way Home
How lucky can one girl get?
Just ask Jacqueline Croix.
She has it all. The right fiancé, money, looks, and connections.
But everything comes at a cost.
Sometimes that cost is looking the other way when the imperfections of your world start to show themselves.
When something happens that she just can't look away from, she ends up drunk in a Chanel dress at a pity party on the beach in SC. There on the beach, she finally sees the cost of having everything is too high.
Luckily, Jacqueline has one thing most girls like her do not, somewhere to run when she leaves it all behind.
That somewhere happens to be to the open arms of the New York Rangers' right wing, Mike France.
He has always been there through thick and thin, waiting for his chance to make her his.
But how do you go from being best friends to lovers, when you know all the dirty details?
*Note I really did not like this book and this might rant a bit with some spoilers. *
For at least half of this book I just thought am I supposed to like any of the characters? If so I have no idea why....they are all pretty terrible. I hated J.D. Hated her with a passion. The last half she was better, but the first part I just wish she would go back to Phil and live her stupid shallow life. She is such a spoiled little princess and I couldn't stand her. She is so materialistic and is way too attached to all of her possessions. I really have no idea why France would still like her. Maybe she was better when she was younger, but now she is just this horrible little princess who doesn't like her life but also doesn't want to do anything to change it either. I mean she comes from a rich family and her dad is marrying her off to Phil, and she is just going along with it. She could have stopped it from happening, could have said no when her dad accepted Phil's proposal and ran off with France, but instead she just goes along with everything. It is not like France is some poor old joe schmo who has nothing and it would have been hard to go off with him. No, France is rich. Richer than Phil. They could have run away together, been together, and she could still have her stupid material possessions that mean so much to her. She could have been just as shallow as she is now, but with the guy she supposedly loves. But no, she does nothing. Really I just thought you deserve Phil. Why not. Your best friends you don't trust, and you know this is just the way it is. Everyone cheats and you just accept it. I mean I felt so bad for her. Poor little rich girl with a rich bff who is in love with her and who can take her away from all of this horribleness that she supposedly hates. Poor her. She has options besides give up everything and work and try to support herself by herself. Poor poor her. Ugh. I hated her.
Really I hated her right from the start of the book. It opens and she sees Phil, her fiance, going off with a girl. She sees them standing too close and being too intimate for just friends. She knows he is cheating on her, but yet she stays and doesn't really do anything. She is still going to marry him. So I mean she must not care that much that he is cheating right? Well then she comes home early one day to find him sleeping with their 19 year old neighbor wearing her shoes! Well that is too much. The girl is wearing her shoes!! How dare she! And she is 19!! Her fiance is a pedophile! Well no honey he is not. Yes he is 30 and 19 does seem a little young, but not like he is a pedophile young. Plus it is much better than like 50 with a 19 year old. It just is a huge overreaction on J.D.'s part I think. It is like she doesn't care about cheating, but she cares if the girl is young and that the girl was wearing her shoes! If the girl would have been her age then I guess she would have just stayed and married Phil. It was just so odd...like her age, her legal age, would be the thing that is like nope I will not stand for that! Not the you are sleeping with someone else in our bed. He can sleep with anyone as long as they are not too young! Great. I love that....really how much she harped on this girls age I thought what would have been acceptable? What age is too young? Well when she meets another guy and she kind of likes him but then she finds out he is 4 years younger than her and that is a huge issue. So 4 years is still too much of an age gap which is a bit ridiculous. I guess 2 years is okay since Phil is 2 years older than her, but maybe that is just because he is the guy and it is okay if the guy is 2 years older. If she met a guy 2 years younger than her would that been too much? She was ridiculous when it came to ages. It didn't make sense.
So she finds Phil with this young girl and runs away to France because well that is what she does. Then she is pretty terrible spoiled little brat with him. He tries to help her and she goes crazy. He sends her clothes to get cleaned at the hotel they are staying at and she flips out. Like seriously flips out on him. How dare he! There is only one girl that will not completely destroy her oh so precious clothing. Really with the age thing then the way too attached to clothing thing she drove me crazy. She just complained poor her, poor little rich girl all the time and I just wanted to yell at her to shut up and do something to fix it! Just stop complaining!
Well then she finally does and then when things don't go exactly as she planned she just goes along with marrying Phil. Great, I am loving this....only the wedding gets interrupted and so Phil backs off and says it's cool we don't need to get married. Yey. France and J.D. still don't get together right away and when she does find France again to explain everything he is engaged. It is great. I loved this story. Ugh. Well they decide to not be together right now as J.D. wants to travel around Europe and find herself...and France, well he can't be faithful to her for even a few months! They are not supposed to be with anyone else, but France still sleeps with other girls a few times. He feels oh so bad about it though so....yeah he is a real winner as well. They both were. I actually liked Luce. I think this would have been a better story if J.D. ended up with him. I liked that way more than she ends up with France. Yes, at the very end France changes and is better and more worthy of her and all that nonsense. It was just...I just didn't really like either of them, though by the end I liked J.D. more than I did. I didn't love her, but I didn't absolutely hate her either.
So what else is in this story? What other great plot points do we have? Well J.D.'s sister cheats on her husband and gets pregnant by one of France's teammates. They are in love, but will never be together since the sister loves her horrible lifestyle. She likes being in a marriage where they both cheat and her husband is horrible...until the husband finds out and leaves her and then yey! She can get with the teammate once the kid is born. So romantically I am only with you because my husband left me when he found out I slept with you. Great great story. Oh and the mom, after her husband dies, and the other rich lady who gets out end up being lesbians together. Perfect! It was just like really? I am glad you made a way for everyone to have an instant happily ever after. It was just a bit much for me. It was so fake and no. I did not like it. They were pretty much all horrible people, but then magically everything became better and they could be happy. Well...okay one last thing I didn't like. France and J.D. decide to actually give it a go. Although apparently for a year J.D. doesn't really. She won't talk about marrying France or move forward with him or anything. She is so independent she pushes him away. I was just like really? In the past year she couldn't figure out how to let him in but still be herself? And her vineyard...when she finds out it was paid for by her inheritance she flips out again. I just want to shake her and be like what is your problem?!?! Even if this is your dad's money can't you somehow think he owed it to you after everything you went through because of him? I just didn't get her. Before the jump in time to a year later I was feeling okay about J.D. and France, but man that annoyed me. It was like okay so she really didn't change at all and she is the same complaining girl. I don't know. I really didn't like her again once I read the last chapter which is a shame. Overall I did not like this book. It was not very good and everyone was pretty terrible, but not in an intriguing or good way. Just in a horrible why am I even reading this way. Yeah.