Irresistible by Liz Bankes
Published by Walker Childrens
Publish Date: February 14, 2013,
(paperback expected June 18, 2013)
When Mia gets a summer job at a prestigious country club, it’s hard work, but fun, especially as a romance develops with fellow student Dan. However, from the beginning she is drawn to the sexy, rich and bored Jamie–he’s got everything he could ever want, and enjoys nothing more than messing with people’s lives for his own entertainment. Mia knows getting involved with Jamie is a bad idea, but there’s something so dangerously exciting about Jamie she just can’t resist. -(from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Irresistible opens with this:
“Jamie Elliot-Fox is toxic.”
I wrote that in my diary in the middle of last summary. To warn myself. In case I got sucked in. In case I let myself fall for it. In case I unleashed a whole load of trouble. But I still did.*
Mia Johnson gets a job as a waitress
at the prestigious Radleigh Castle Restaurant.
Mia Joseph is hired to work as a waitress at Radleigh Castle by Julia Elliot-Fox, a no-nonsense woman who can be a bit awful at times. Before she is even hired – in the interview – Mia is introduced to Julia’s son Jamie right away as she witnesses some of his bad-boy behavior through a window. He holds her eyes the entire time, willing her to watch what he’s doing. (It is from the beginning of the book that I realized Jamie Elliot-Fox is going to be a very interesting player in this story.)
Fast forward – Dan David begins work on the same day as Mia. He’ll be working with her in the restaurant kitchen. Mia and Dan are soon cracking jokes comfortably around each other and there is witty banter and tons of smiles. The two form an easy friendship that progresses to warm feelings and hand-holding. Dan walks Mia home at night and the conversations are always non-stop and fun. Mia begins to wonder if they are boyfriend/girlfriend, and she hopes that they are. She really likes Dan.
Jamie Elliot-Fox is a very rich, snobby, and bored boy that lives in the castle’s pool house. He loiters around the grounds all day/every day, causing tons of trouble for anyone that he chooses. Every night, he throws parties at his pool house. Jamie has a beautiful, exotic girlfriend named Cleo that also is summer resident of Radleigh Castle. (Cleo is nothing but trouble. TROUBLE.) Mia wants to despise Jamie for his behavior but as much as she tries, she is captivated by this boy and finds herself drawn to him. He’s very handsome – he makes her feel butterflies in her stomach and he makes her knees weak. If she likes Dan so much, then why do her thoughts linger on Jamie all the time?
This cannot be good. It cannot be good.
Mia finds herself juggling both boys.
The drawback to an indecisive Mia is that she was two-timing Dan. Oh, poor Dan! Dan is a great guy, and that is obvious from the beginning. I liked him immediately. He was very charming and funny. And he took Mia on picnics! The two talked about plans to backpack through Europe together, and Dan walked her home in the evenings after work so she wouldn’t have to walk home. He was such a great guy that I genuinely felt bad for him because I felt like I was keeping a secret from him too.
Back to Jamie – once Mia begins secretly seeing Jamie and thus leading her double life of seeing two boys – Jamie changes quite a bit. The Jamie that everyone else knows during the day is not the Jamie that Mia sees at night. Jamie-at-night is thoughtful and kind, and smiles all the way up to his eyes instead of throwing off smirks left and right. Jamie-at-night makes small talk that turns into conversations instead of maintaining an intimidating silence most of the time. It isn’t that Mia notices these things about him because she is spending more time with him, but he actually makes changes to himself and opens himself up to her. THIS is why I like Jamie so much – because the bad boy actually has a heart and a mind – he just doesn’t like to show it to anyone. I loved Jamie. Toxic Jamie.
I do want to note that this book has a lot of alcohol in it for people that are under twenty-one BUT the legal drinking age is eighteen in England, which is where this story takes place. (Someone correct me on that if I am wrong. I am in the US.) I would also like to note that Irresistible is pretty steamy – steamy enough that I would recommend it for older young adult readers or adult YA-loving readers. I actually think this is more along the lines of a New Adult book rather than a Young Adult book even though I am not quite familiar with the schooling terms used in the book.
I really liked Irresistible. It was a fun, quick read that satisfied my craving for a fun, delicious story with a fun, delicious character. I found this in the story’s toxic bad-boy, Jamie. Some readers may be put-off by the double life that Mia led, but if you are able to see that the story is about an indecisive girl that fell in love and made some mistakes, you just might enjoy this one. I’ll definitely be keeping this on my re-read shelf.
Romance: Love triangle.
Characterization: Love the “bad-boy” in this one.
*This quote taken from eARC and may appear differently in final copy.