Review: Where I Belong by J. Daniels

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Series: Alabama Summers, #1
Author: J. Daniels
Publication Date: June 27, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.

Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.

Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.

Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.

Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.

Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.

Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.

What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?

I’m late to the J. Daniels party. I didn’t come across her books until earlier this year with the release of Four Letter Word. I loved that book and J. Daniels’ writing so much that I decided I needed to start reading her back list. I’m so happy I did!

Where I Belong hooked me from the moment I started reading it. Mia and Ben’s dual points of view were perfect. I also loved the enemies to lovers theme in it — especially since Mia unsuspectingly hooks up with her nemesis and gives him her virginity. It made for all sorts of fun — and awkward — moments. Where I Belong was filled with Daniels’ trademark humor and witty conversations. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I devoured it.

I loved Mia and have great things to say about her character, but Ben really stole the show in Where I Belong. He was that in tune with his feelings guy that all of us girls dream of. Ben knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to put himself out there to get it. He pursued Mia with a cockiness and force that I loved. Ben made the book for me. Well, Ben and then his chemistry with Mia. This book was so dang hot, people!

Ben and Mia weren’t the only characters to catch my attention in this story, though. It was filled with so many great characters! I loved Tessa, Luke and Reed. I can’t wait for their stories! My favorite side character was Nolan, though. That guy stole my heart! His role in the story was too cute.

I truly loved Where I Belong. I would have given it 5 stars if it weren’t for some craziness toward the end. I couldn’t wrap my head around one of Mia’s responses. Her actions surprised me, and I wasn’t sure if I liked how she handled something. When it came down to it, the unexpected twist didn’t ruin my reading experience, though. I would still highly recommend reading this book. I plan to read the rest of the series ASAP because I just know it’s going to be good!

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