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Tuesday Book Pick: To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise

In other words: what do others see compared with reality (see? I’m a poet)

What can you do when outside is cold and gloomy and you’re in bed with...the flu? Read, of course! Or listen to an audiobook because your eyes are burning. Don’t get me wrong, I love gloomy weather. I just don’t like the cold, or the flu. My book pick for this weekend and to our dearest readers for the beginning of this week is quite an old one. One of the first versions dates 2015. Spoiler alert: this book was ok, not great, but ok.

Book Description

Olive has been in love with Jason since childhood. He was her brother’s best friend, the neighbor who spent most of his time at their house instead of his. She used to dream that one day Jason would see her as more than a friend, until a message exchange leaves her heart in small pieces. His childhood was not a happy one either, with an alcoholic mother and a father always away on business. Years later, he is a famous actor and she is a best selling author. Faith brings them together when a production company decides to make a movie after her book. Can you guess who’s the lead actor? But things are not that simple.

My Thoughts

There is a lot going on in this book. On one side, we have Olive, an author who recently found success with her first book. She has to face the classic “even you managed to write a book. For sure I can write one as well” from one of her best friends. Then she has to learn how to differentiate between readers and viewers (bookworms and ... movieworms). On top of that, there is dealing with her reignited feelings for her childhood friend and finding ways to show him she’s now a woman. On the other side, we have Jason Thorn, famous movie star (famous for the roles he played and his amorous escapades with different ladies), oblivious to what Olive feels for him, oblivious to even his own feelings. His reputation goes south fast. He needs to clean up his act, have a serious relationship, or else bye-bye career.

I would split this into sections. The first part is when the two are reunited. They remember the friendship they shared and start to rediscover each other at maturity. The second part is when they are forced into an agreement, apparently professionally beneficial for both. That is the part that moves beyond friendship. It is an interesting approach, but somehow the book felt a bit too long and at times some scenes were too much and some characters were giving different vibes.

Favorite Quote

“My world is a less scary place with you in it, baby. I will kiss you a thousand times every day if that's what it takes to keep you in love with me for the rest of our days.”

Romantic guy, huh? Well, it took him a while to say those words, but at least he did. I like the commitment he has towards her and their relationship. It feels nice.


I am not sure how I feel about this book. I cannot say I liked it too much, it was ok-ish. For a story of over 400 pages, there is not a lot going on and too much at the same time. It was good to pass the time and it was good enough to make me try another book by Ella Maise.

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  • To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise

  • Release Date: December 3, 2015

  • ISBN: 9781534702165

  • Language: English

Let's Chat

Nowadays it's all about success. Is it a rule that people must change when they achieve a certain level of success? How does this affect a relationship? Do you think that the individuals forming a couple should be on the same financial level? I was told recently that one should aim to find a partner equally as intelligent and professionally accomplished or even higher. Technically, it makes sense. But... sometimes reality works a bit different. One partner can encourage the other to grow and find success (then professional envy appears and everything goes bad). Or one partner can encourage the other to relax a bit, live a little instead of focusing on the job (then the other starts feeling sorry after a while for all the time spent doing nothing and frustrations and arguments appear and everything goes bad). Hmm.... does everything have to go bad if the couple is not balanced? Let’s discuss in the comments below and until next time, love a lot!


Anca Ilcu

Columnist | Book Buff of Moody Melon Magazine

I've been a book blogger since 2016. Books have helped me escape my stressful job, keep a positive mind and nurtured my soul. While I mostly read Romance, I also like the Young Adult and Fantasy genres. Every chapter deserves praise and every book should be appreciated.


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