In a lot of ways, I was one of the lucky ones. My high school crush liked me back. It should have been magic and fire, but it was tragic and brutal. I wrote it that way, anyways.
His name was Bryan Winthrop. He was our high school basketball star. The prom king. The most beautiful boy I had ever laid eyes on. He liked me — the theatre geek who never should have caught his eye — but he loved her.
It’s been more than 10 years since the homecoming dance. Since the night he kissed me, breaking both of our hearts for the first time.
After the scandal, after graduation, I left our small town and made a name for myself on Broadway, then in Hollywood. I didn’t mean for the play I wrote about our high school affair to blow up. I didn’t mean for it to reach all the way back to my roots, wreaking havoc, wrecking families.
Bryan Winthrop and I were not friends, not lovers.
But I’m back. And for one summer — if she lets us — maybe we can be.
After reading Kiss Me Like You Mean It I promised myself I wouldn’t miss another of JR Rogue’s releases, but when I read the blurb for this one I wasn’t sure what to think. While I have nothing against cheating in books, this seemed maybe too intentional to me. I was 100% wrong. I should have known Ms. Rogue would deliver, even when, at first blush, the content felt questionable. After KMLYMI I should have expected her beautiful prose, and intricate storytelling would deliver a poignant and personal story.
Over the last several months I’ve seen more than a few people discussing what the difference is between a romance and women’s fiction is. There are a million opinions and a million ways you can cross them over, and I Like You, I Love Her definitely eked over the line into women’s fiction for me. As much as there were plenty of romantic elements in the book, I felt like the primary focus of the book was Severin’s journey to rediscovering who she is.
I freaking love Severin, I identified with her on so many levels. I felt like Ms. Rogue took pieces of me and wrote them into Severin. I feel like there are so many universal truths we all experience as females – and she translates them so well into her characters – that her heroines are easy to relate to. The fact that we got to see parts of her past only added to the solidarity I felt with her, and I loved that her story was not easy, but it gave her the strength to discover who she was and what she wanted.
JR Rogue blows me away with her storytelling prowess. The stories she tells aren’t easy, and they aren’t always pretty, yet she turns them into the gorgeous works of art I have no choice but to be in awe of. It’s evident in her prose that her roots are in poetry because there is a lyricism to her words that not a lot of authors can pull off. And that is precisely why she can take something not traditionally beautiful and mold it into something stunning.
J.R. Rogue first put pen to paper at the age of fifteen after developing an unrequited High School crush & has never stopped writing about heartache.
She has published multiple volumes of poetry such as Tell Me Where It Hurts, All Of My Bullshit Truths & Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, & two novels, Burning Muses & Background Music. Her third novel, Kiss Me Like You Mean It, will release 3/22/18.