Assumptions by Melanie Codina — Jenn’s Review



Melanie Codina is a must read. There isn’t a book she writes that I won’t read.


5 stars


What happens when a girl set on playing by the rules …Finds a guy worth breaking them for?

Leeann Bradley is a college graduate who has achieved many of her personal goals, all because she follows the rules she’s set for herself.
It’s simple. You work hard, enjoy life, surround yourself with friends and family, avoid jumping to conclusions … and oh yeah, don’t date jocks.
These rules have worked well and have taken her down the path she wants in life.
So what’s a girl to do when temptation, in the form of a sexy college soccer player, is placed right in the middle of that path?
Deciding when to break the rules has never been easier for Leeann.
But when assumptions are made, and more than just the rules are broken … will she be able to find her way down that path again?
And what happens when it’s no longer the path she’s meant to take?

Until now, Jonathan Baxter had one primary focus in his life, soccer.
All decisions made, have been based on how it could affect his ability to play soccer.
His grades, his choice of college, any type of extracurricular activities, were all carefully assessed.
All of it has made playing college soccer possible.
But when an injury sidelines him for the foreseeable future, and jeopardizes his dreams, he has to work even harder than before.

Rehabilitating his injury becomes his primary objective.
Until he meets Leeann, a physical therapy assistant whose touch has the ability to make him lose focus.
She has him thinking there could be more in his life—in his future—than just soccer.
So what’s Jonathan to do when Leeann assumes he’s just like every other jock out there?
He has to prove her assumptions wrong.

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Oh the FEELS! Assumptions is full of them! I LOVED Melanie’s Love Series and Assumptions is a spin off. We are reintroduced to Jonathon Baxter, Gillian and Logan’s son. He is all grown up and off to college. Jonathon is living his dream of starting defender on his Division I soccer team. He hasn’t bothered with a steady girlfriend because soccer has been his life… and why have one when you can have more? Leeann Bradley is also living out her very own dream of being a physical therapist. After getting burned badly in college, she has sworn off relationships, especially with athletes. She’s over the big egos.

Jonathon and Lee meet when he is rehabbing his knee from an ACL tear. Jonathon is attracted from the start. Lee thinks he’s just another typical male jock and gives him the brush off. Attracted or not, she is not jumping in that pool, but Jonathon is full of sweet moves. He charms his way into Lee’s life and Lee finds she is thinking about him all the time and just doesn’t want to stay away from him anymore. The scene at the club?? Hot!!!

“I’m not sure I can be a gentleman for much longer, Leeann. If your fingers keep doing that to my hair, you’ll be leaving this club draped over my shoulder in under ten seconds.”

Lee and Jonathon ooze chemistry. Their relationship is charming and effortless He’s never been in a relationship before, but Jonathon has been around enough women in his life, he knows exactly how to treat them. He makes Leeann feel like the only girl in the world. Even though Jonathon’s time to rehab at home is up, and he needs to head back to school, they make their long-distance relationship work. Their text messages and phone calls are sweet. I loved following Jonathon and Leeann as they fell in love. I felt every high and every low right alongside them. When confronted with a misunderstanding, will the pasts that Jonathon and Leeann carry with them get in the way and cloud their judgment? Do Jonathon and Leeann have enough fight in them to work through it, or will they let their assumptions get in the way?

“What could I have possible done to distract you so thoroughly?”

“Breathe, Leeann…all you have to do is breathe.”

I crawled under the covers and just absorbed every word of this fantastic story. Melanie Codina’s writing is flawless. Each sentence is crafted to weave these beautiful scenes that you can see clearly in your mind. She creates characters that want to spend time with and miss when they are gone.  They are personable and approachable, like your best friend or neighbor. It’s what makes Melanie’s writing real and timeless. Melanie Codina has become one of my go-to authors and I look forward to everything she has for us in the future.

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