Seventeen-year-old Julia Wright doesn’t understand her friends’ obsession with boys. She’s never even had a crush, and proudly maintains her composure no matter who is in her presence. In fact, the hotter a guy is to her friends, the more annoying he seems to Julia. When she is blackmailed into being the manager of the men’s swim team, she finds herself face to face with the worst of them all.
Team Captain Vander Thelxinoe is the typical self-assured jock, with a not-so-typical ability to change people’s minds at will. It’s a talent he uses often to get what he wants--only his charms don’t work on Julia. Now he’s anxious to figure out why, and the closer he tries to get, the more desperate she is to stay away–especially when he somehow awakens a side of her she never knew existed.
Their unexpected friendship puts Julia in the middle of a quest she doesn’t quite understand. As her familiar world begins to unravel around her, Julia must partner with the one person who knows how to push her buttons–and, in doing so, discovers the unbelievable truth about who she really is.
Can Julia and Vander survive the trial set before them, or will they succumb to a more terrifying fate?
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This is the first book that I have read by Jolene and I can guarantee that this will not be the last book I read from her. Trial by Charm blew me away! When I first started the book, I went in not reading the blurb-well, I did read it, but I forgot what it said by the time that I started reading the book. That was a great surprise because it was like I went in blind. I took my time reading Trial by Fire, I wanted it to last, but know how I read I started out taking my time, then by the end, I was "flipping the pages" so fast that the book was done before I wanted it to be done. I found the chemistry between Julia and Vander great. They have a love/hate relationship. They banter back and forth with each other then something happens. No, I am not going to tell you what happens, but let me tell you it is something out of a great myth.
Julia's friends are great. They complement Julia's attitude perfectly. They are the "I can't even" to Julia's "please spare me the details" type. The mystery that is in the book is enough to keep you interested and keeps you reading! !
Jolene has found in this little nerd. I can't wait until the next book comes out in this series! I hope it is soon, I need to know what is going to happen!! Get this book now!
As a substitute teacher, Jolene spends her days in high school classrooms harvesting material for her Young Adult novels. She also uses it as an outlet for fangirling by showing upcoming book-to-movie trailers at the end of class, or discussing vital issues like whether Katniss should have picked Gale or Peeta.
She is committed to helping Special Education teenagers become independent adults and helping them find a way to focus on the positive especially when life gets hard. At home, Jolene loves to cuddle with her husband, two kids, and three cats—sometimes all at once—while reading Young Adult books or repeatedly watching movies based on them.
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