The Natural History of Us
(The Fine Art of Pretending #2)
by Rachel Harris
One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
Freshman year, Peyton Williams caught Fairfield High’s notorious playboy and he couldn’t take his eyes off her. The two got to know each other and developed feelings either one couldn’t hide anymore. But their relationship was kept secret from their respective families and friends. A secret that bore another secret. Until disaster struck and separated them.
Senior year, after three years of no communication between ex lovers, suddenly they found themselves paired to each other for a parenting project. Peyton’s world was in shambles when they broke up. Now that they had to see each other again, the feelings of the past seems to be catching up on her.. and him. But things weren’t the same now. Peyton got Cade, her besstfriend turned boyfriend. And Justin had dated a lot since then. Will their school assignment/parenting project make a difference now that they’re thrown into each other’s arms again?
I didn’t know this is book 2 from one of Rachel Harris’ best seliing books. I haven’t read The Fine Art of Pretending, which, according to past reviews, also involved Justin Carter and was thought to be a real player in the book. Too bad, I didn’t get to know him then. But here in The Natural History of Us, I thought Justin was just misunderstood. And he clearly had changed ways, especially after he met Peyton. I love how their love story developed. While I am not a believer of “first love never dies” (trust me, it does die LOL), I gave Justin and Peyton a chance to prove to me that theirs is a love worth fighting for, even after three years.
Teenage raging hormones aside, I think the way they cling to each other was their way of showing that they care and they got each other’s back. Justin’s family was dysfunctional, Peyton’s spirit was broken due to an illness. And when they got to spend more time together again after three long years, they became more mature and more in tune with each other. I liked Peyton more when she overcame her health issues and conquered her fear when she got back to riding horses. Cade, the BFF, was another matter though. I thought the love triangle was a cliche. I wasn’t sold to Cade’s romantic feelings for Peyton. Nuh uh..
I did, however, enjoyed this cute love story. My only regret was not being able to read the first book. The Natural History of Us is an easy read, smile inducing and sigh releasing. The first time I read a Harris’ book a year ago, I was smitten. Three books later, I am still swooning over Miss Harris’ beautiful writing. And I can’t wait to read more!
I received this book from Spencer Hill Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.