WHY I READ IT
Beth Kery is a master of the serial and is one of my go-to, one-click authors
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Harper McFaddan has made her name as an investigative journalist by being both compassionate and fearless. After tragedy strikes her family, she moves to the shores of Lake Tahoe to find some peace. But when mysterious software mogul Jacob Latimer comes into her life, her thoughts turn from her own healing to an urgent need to get closer to him…
Jacob Latimer is the definition of a self-made man. The software entrepreneur built his corporation from nothing, but rumors abound about the shadiness of his rise to power and no one knows what secrets lurk in his past. Harper is the last person he should let into his life. As an investigative journalist, she’s the one person who could expose his hidden origins. But Jacob knows things about Harper’s past that make him irresistibly drawn to her. He wants nothing more than to make her his—and Jacob is a man who always gets what he wants…
Beth Kery is the master of the serial – she really knows how to give her fans a gorgeous story in weekly installments. The Affair is one of my absolute favorites and had me reading week after week (I know – I could have waited until they all released but I didn’t). I was so excited when she announced her newest serial series, Make Me, and couldn’t wait to meet the new cast of characters and to be sucked into the decadent worlds that Beth Kery creates.
The Make Me series focuses on Harper McFadden and Jacob Latimer, two people that share a past. Beth Kery lets us know pretty early on that Jacob and Harper are connected via a horrific event from the past. The twist is that Harper doesn’t seem to recall the event or that she knows Jacob. Jacob, however, knows exactly who Harper is from the first moment they meet. I did like this added element to the plot – Jacob’s knowledge of their shared past vs. Harper’s lapse in memory. It propelled the story a bit – would Harper ever remember? What would trigger the flood of memories? How would she react to knowing that Jacob kept the information from her? Beth Kery keeps the reader guessing until almost the very end. Also propelling the plot forward are chapters that focus on the past. Beth Kery doesn’t just tell her readers that Jacob and Harper are connected – she gives them the story! In each installment, Beth Kery provides one-two chapters focused entirely on the past. Creating a complete story – past and present – is something that Beth Kery does extremely well.
I’ll be honest and admit that Harper and Jacob are not my favorite Beth Kery couple. In fact, I found Jacob more interesting than Harper. Harper is smart and career-driven, but other than that, there didn’t seem to be much to her character. I actually found her to be quite a boring character. I also kind of felt that Harper’s physical description – red hair, green eyes, pale skin – has been overdone. So many authors use this description that it feels worn out. Harper just didn’t feel like a fresh character to me. On the flip side, I actually found Jacob to be more interesting. He has completely remade himself, which accounts for Harper’s lack of recognition, and he’s done all but erase the boy from the past. He is clearly dominant, which is what attracts Harper to him initially. And it’s clear that from his past, he never wants to be seen as weak and powerless again. However, I think Harper’s reappearance in his life makes him begin to struggle with his identity. Eventually, he has to reconcile the man he has become with the boy that Harper once knew. Seeing this struggle was one of the highlights of the book.
I actually read Make Me Forever (the entire series) twice before I wrote this review. The first time I read it, I was “meh” about it. It didn’t excite me like The Affair or any of her previous stories, and I didn’t feel connected to the couple at the center of the story. I wanted to read it a second time to see if I still felt that way before I wrote a review. Did I still feel the same way the second time around? Yes and no. I still didn’t feel any real excitement over the main characters,but there is something heartbreaking about this story, seeing how Harper and Jacob’s past relationship affects their present and their future. By the end of my second time through, I grew to appreciate Harper and Jacob. If you’re a fan of the words Beth Kery writes, then you’ll definitely want to read this.