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Love at first sight is a myth to aspiring journalist Melissa Williams, but when she meets Jason McAlister at a friend’s wedding, a Cinderella-like fantasy turns her no-nonsense world upside down. She sees in his penetrating blue eyes not just an evening, but a lifetime together that includes much more than a glass slipper and a kiss.

Realizing she shared a few salacious emails with Jason months ago, a humiliated Melissa loses herself in the crowd, thankful he doesn’t know who she is. But he does know—and with a gentle touch and a steamy kiss, he soon picks up their flirtation right where it left off.

As midnight strikes, Melissa succumbs to Jason’s sexy pull, unaware that a woman’s body has been discovered in the wake of the party. When evidence points to Melissa as the killer’s next target, the lines between fantasy and reality blur. She goes into hiding, charmed by one mysterious man and hunted by another.

Cinderella lost a shoe—Melissa could lose both her handsome prince and her life.

264 pages, Paperback

First published December 19, 2010

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Robin DeJarnett

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Originally from Arizona, Robin DeJarnett has lived most of her life in Northern California. A former engineer, computer administrator, and saleswoman, she draws on her experiences, as well as her love of travel and sports, to make her stories as realistic as possible.

When not writing, Robin is a cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, maid, life coach, travel consultant, psychologist, roadie, financial advisor, and EMT -- for her loving children and husband, at least.

Robin loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her website: http://robindejarnett.com

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Profile Image for Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW).
520 reviews758 followers
March 5, 2015

i mean what the hell ? the summery and the genes completely misled me !

the're was supposed to be a stalkers and murders..instead i get first dates and hearts & roses... :( im not saying it was bad just unexpected & defiantly not something i was looking for back at that time..

for once , i think my review is biased, this book probably deserves a few good stars....but sine i was in a mood for romance-suspence (i.e: 50% romance + 50% murder -galore ) and instad i got this...(i.e: 90 % chic-lite + 10 % of murder-galore..)

this ones only getting a 2.5 star from me :/
Profile Image for Jennifer Lane.
Author 14 books1,414 followers
March 8, 2011
Whirlwind is a debut Romantic Suspense novel by Robin DeJarnett, featuring Melissa and Jason, two twenty-somethings who meet at a wedding. Sparks fly when they first touch, but romance isn’t the only focal point of the story, as later in the evening a woman is murdered. Turns out the murderer might now be after Melissa. The book summary includes a great line: “Cinderella lost a shoe—Melissa could lose both her handsome prince and her life”. Ha! This subtle humor pervaded the story and was one reasons of many I adored Whirlwind.

I’m a practical woman, so the idea of love-at-first-sight made me a bit skeptical when I started this novel. By the end, Robin DeJarnett completely convinced me of the realism and beauty of a whirlwind romance! What made me a believer? 1) Melissa and Jason created emotional intimacy before their explosive physical chemistry had a chance to bloom, 2) Their character development was gradual and complex, and 3) The characters maintained their own independence and personalities without becoming enmeshed or losing themselves in each other. But the most compelling reason was Robin’s writing style. It was smooth, sexy, and suspenseful.

I found myself really liking both Melissa and Jason, and the supporting cast was also richly drawn. This is a novel about many kinds of relationships, including romance, friendship, and the deep bonds with our parents. Melissa’s insight about her relationship with her deceased father was poignant and meaningful.

My only complaint: Why oh why did Jason have to attend the University of MICHIGAN? As a resident of Columbus, Ohio, I was very dismayed by that choice but I did have to laugh when his brother named his horse Buckeye just for spite. Go Mitch!

I DEFINITELY recommend Whirlwind, and I eagerly anticipate Robin’s next novel. Bravo!
Profile Image for Evie.
706 reviews923 followers
May 2, 2011
Originally posted to: Evie@Bookish

Caution!!! Hotness Warning! Whirlwind is a steaming hot and amazingly sensual Romantic Mystery debut novel by talented new writer, Robin DeJarnett. This spicy, deliciously sexy, intriguing story will definitely make your cheeks burn!

Melissa Williams is a down to earth, no-nonsense young woman. She's a self-conscious aspiring writer, who is totally unaware of how attractive and alluring she really is. The story starts with Melissa's best friend, Mitch, getting married. We meet our heroine just when's she's about to enter the wedding ceremony. Melissa's happy for Mitch, but at the same time she founds herself really afraid of loosing him, she worries that she won't be able to see him again, that they'll grow apart and become strangers. Despite being overwhelmed by what seems to be an unavoidable separation from her best friend, she tries her best to show her support and share his happiness. Just when she thinks there's nothing that could possibly lift her mood, she runs into Jason McAlister, Mitch's younger brother. Jason is an absolutely gorgeous, insanely handsome, charming and sexy young man, every woman's (wet!) dream! He instantly sweeps Mel off her feet and there's really nothing she can do to resist him. Then she remembers the few salacious emails she exchanged with Jason months ago and, afraid of being humiliated, she decides to make her escape. Jason, however, has other plans for her and won't let her get away easily! The more time they spend together, the more drawn to each other they become and the temperature rises dangerously.

And then something terrible happens.A girl is murdered during the wedding reception and her body is discovered the next morning. The worst part of it is Jason and Melissa believe they know who the murderer is, and they're sure that Mel is going to be the killer's next target.

Will Jason be able to protect Mel or is she going to become the killer's next victim? Will the two of them find a way to be together or will their romance end just as abruptly as it flamed to life? To find out the answers to these burning questions you're going to have to read this book, and trust me, you will enjoy it a lot!

I very much enjoyed Robin's smooth and captivating writing style. She obviously has a great talent. Her descriptions and the way she lead the story were superb. I often found myself blushing and smiling to myself. The sexiness just drips off the pages of this book, so if you're looking to read a good Romantic novel, I'd highly recommend Whirlwind. If you're looking for a Mystery, though, well, you might want to think twice about picking this book up. It did contain a murder case, but I wouldn't exactly call it a "mystery", because we know who the murderer is from the very first moments this character enters the plot. Also, I wish Robin would focused more on the murder case. From more than 260 pages, only around 10 pages are dedicated to the murder case, which is a pity, because those 10 pages were really great and I'm sure Robin could write an awesome Mystery novel, if she'd wanted to!

Melissa's character was a tiny bit too winy for my taste, she was way to insecure and I found it mildly annoying that she was set on doing everything to deny and spoil her happiness.I do, however, understand why she was like that and where it was coming from, as it was well explained. Jason's character, on the other hand, was absolutely phenomenal. I think it's the hottest imaginary character I had the pleasure of reading about so far, and I would really love to read more about him and his life.

Overall, I had really good time reading this book, it was a perfect Spring read: relaxing, engaging, exciting and sexy! It's one awesome debut novel and I'm very happy I had the pleasure to read and review it, I hope to read more novels by Robin DeJarnett in the near future!
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Author 12 books333 followers
January 1, 2011
WoW! Debut author Robin DeJarnett hit a home run with this baby. Whirlwind, was just that... a whirlwind of romance, suspense, laughter and fabulous characters I couldn't get enough of.

I purchased the Kindle version of this book when it released on the 21st, but wasn't able to read it until two days ago. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Melissa and Jason are thoroughly enjoyable characters whose attraction for each other sizzles off the page. I was drawn into their connection from the moment they met, and found myself lost in their love story.

Ms. Dejarnett did a fabulous job creating secondary characters that were interesting and fun, and a particularly sleazy villain who gave me the creeps.

I enjoyed the book from start to finish and can't wait to see what this author has next!
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302 reviews2 followers
June 27, 2011
I sat down with this book looking forward to reading a couple chapters before getting to work around the house, but I ended up reading the whole thing. I could not put this book down, that's how captivated I was. I loved the love at first sight between Melissa and Jason especially how they both saw their futures play out with each other the fist time they layed eyes on each other. Throw in a creeper who is on the hunt for his next victim and you've got quite a whirlwind week of love, romance, humor, and angst.

Profile Image for Megan (magan bagan).
189 reviews66 followers
March 17, 2011
I won a copy of this novel from a contest that Robin held, and I'm so glad that I did! Thank you again. Whirlwind was definitely just that, a whirlwind of romance and suspense, leaving the readers wanting more!

For Melissa Williams, her best friend getting married means that she'll never get to see him again and she doesn't want to be a part of that. Even though she refuses to be in the wedding, she still goes to support Mitch McCallister and his new bride. What she doesn't expect is to find a gorgeous guy; a gorgeous guy that turns out to be Mitch's younger brother Jason and someone she had happened to email back and forth months before. She couldn't be more mortified.

Their connection is instantaneous, their chemistry undeniable, and it's only been a few hours. Can you really fall in love at first sight?

While romance and love are blooming, danger also lurks in the horizon. Someone is after Melissa. He had her in his grasp and lost her, now he'll stop at nothing to track her down and finish what he started.

Okay, can I just say first of all that I loved Robin's writing style. Everything was just down to earth and fun, including the characters. She really got you into Melissa's head; when she was embarrassed, so were you. I loved that.

There was so much happening in this story, none the least of which was Melissa figuring out that their was so much more to her than she thought. Her insecurity's about herself and about being left behind play a huge part in her relationship with Jason and the way Robin deals with is is very real and accurate. Sometimes it takes looking through others eyes to really see yourself.

This is definitely a romance novel, so anyone under eighteen probably shouldn't read it unless with parental approval. And, I thought I saw somewhere that there is going to be a sequel to this lovely story and I for one can't wait to find out more about these two love birds.
Profile Image for Britney.
122 reviews115 followers
January 9, 2011
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Robin DeJarnett's Whirlwind through Goodreads and started reading it as soon as I got it in the mail. Robin was sweet enough to also send an adorable bookmark and signed my copy with a sweet note, as well.

I enjoy the random romance book but was really intrigued by the murder mystery that was intertwined in the story. And just from the synopsis, I felt like I could relate to Melissa (cynic on love but hopeless romantic). I ended up falling in love with Melissa and Jason and their relationship. Melissa is independent, realistic, and has a tough past. Jason is sexy, charming, and oh yeah sexy. As soon as they lay eyes on each other it's love at first sight and I didn't find myself rolling my eyes at the encounter, instead the hopeless romantic in me was swooning. I know, I know, it makes you want to gag but DeJarnett does a wonderful job in making the budding relationship between Melissa and Jason believable yet adorable.

I loved Melissa's character because she seemed very real to me. She has goals and dreams and has self-doubts and doesn't need a man to be whole. She was different from the typical heroine and I appreciated that. And Jason... well, I have a new literary crush added onto my list. He was just about perfect and you could argue that no one is perfect but I think he was perfect for Melissa and I wouldn't say no to him.

The minor characters were fleshed out and I liked all of Melissa's friends. And the slimeball villain gave me the creeps and I kept waiting for him to pop up out of nowhere like the creep he is.

It's a great, fun read. It's not YA but I would suggest it for readers who like romance and strong characters.
Profile Image for Ashley - The Bookish Brunette.
152 reviews635 followers
June 16, 2011
Mel is an awesome character...she is sarcastic, funny, snarky- all my favorite things dude! Her 'thought process' is nothing short of hilarious, (she thinks to herself...)

"Yeah, keep up the excuses. Your nose is rivaling Pinocchio's"

A delightfully quick and entertaining read- Whirlwind describes itself perfectly with it's title!

The first 100 or so pages were like tortuously sensual, perfect foreplay between Jason and Mel. Yum. Jason is so hot like melted butter dripping off- Oh! TMI... I suppose.

So begins a hot romance with an interesting, yet sometimes quite aggravating murder mystery twist thrown in.

Mel and Jason were too freaking cute together, despite how I usually feel about the 'love at first sight' angle- Robin did a great job with it 90% of the time! The 'mystery' part... not so much.

From the very first time we 'meet' the killer, we know he is after Mel. He tracks her all over, but we never know why. This irritates me. There were so many awesome ways to integrate a plot into this aspect of the book. Mel's father was a cop, so the killer could have been trying to get back at him by going after his daughter... SOMETHING.

I understand that criminals can be random and such, but since he went to such great lengths to find her- I wanted a reason!!!!

All in all I really did enjoy this book! Jason & Mel were so hot together, the romance never felt 'overdone'. As a romance book... 4.5 stars- only because Mel got a little weird at the end for no reason and I was WAY confused about the whole thing. JUST get on the plane chick! As a mystery book... 3 stars- because there was no explanation. I NEED an explanation! :)

So I shall average this and give Whirlwind 4 stars because the romance is sooooo worth it!
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50 reviews10 followers
July 6, 2011
I enjoyed this book very much even though the concept of “love at first sight and forever” doesn’t fit well into me. This kind of love seems so unrealistic to my rational mind that I always have a hard time to believe it can happen. I know I’m a bit cynic but sometimes life teaches you not to expect too much and dreams like this seldom come true. Anyway, the story was a wonderful and enticing one and the author made me really believe in it. The main characters were so real and beautifully created that I completely fell in love with them. I appreciated all the twists and turns of the plot as well as the mystery case Melissa and Jason had to face which, in my opinion, gave the story an additional charm. This book gave me much more than I thought and it always pleases me when a story exceeds all my expectations.
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Author 40 books3,771 followers
June 20, 2012
Melissa and Jason will make you stop what you are doing and read until you you are done. I love a book that transports you so thoroughly you forget to eat, sleep or breathe. Treat yourself and your kindle to this great book!
Profile Image for Julie.
195 reviews463 followers
January 29, 2011
Whirlwind is a big recommend from me for adult readers who like romance with an actual plot. Here’s what I thought:


* The characters. I invested in the Melissa and Jason and enjoyed their interaction.

* The way the main characters met and finally meet later. It’s something I could have seen happening to me in college and thought it was a great story for their future kids if they stay together.

* Minor characters add to the story and show up at appropriate times and not just used as fillers. Also, there was no annoying bff that was against everything the MC did. The minor characters are likable.

* The suspense/thriller aspect that adds the tension and conflict to the book. It was creepy, but not so much creep going on that you don't enjoy the story of two people discovering each other.

* Melissa's character is not weak, but does have a vulnerable side.

* Jason's character is very good looking, but not a jerk that is reformed by this one girl. Sometimes it is refreshing to find a nice catch that hasn’t been a total ladies man douche previously.

* The writing style is fluid, the dialogue is believable, the emotions pull you in, but thankfully I didn’t cry!

* I love the feel of throwing caution to the wind and wish I would have done more of that when I was younger myself. I lived a little though the main character's development. :)

* Yes, I can’t forget the physical attraction between the Melissa and Jason. DeJarnett gives the readers some steam in this coffee.

* The publisher is Omnific Publishing. I have grown to be a huge fan of their books. I don’t worry about a book from them. If I see it on their website, and I like the summary, I’m getting it. Such was the case with Whirlwind and I was not disappointed.


* How a girl can be pretty, that guys notice and she never realizes until early twenties? I guess it could happen, but that was the one thing I questioned about Melissa. She is so observant in all other aspects, you would think she would have caught on to that too some. It is a very minor aspect and really doesn't have much bearing on the story, but I still questioned it about the character.

I found out that Whirlwind has a sequel coming! I had no idea when I read it, but I sure have a grin on my face now! By the way, looking at this book cover, if you are like me, there will be an intense craving for butter cream icing wedding cake while reading.
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1,009 reviews36 followers
June 10, 2011
This book is a sweet contemporary romance with a bit of action thrown in for good measure. Melissa is a interesting character. In some ways quite strong, in others quite fragile. She can hold her own with the boys but does not think she is dating material, since none of the "boys" have ever asked her out. However, when she meets Jason, her best friend's brother, that view comes into question. Jason is smexy, sweet, and very romantic. Although they had fun on-line for a brief moment, it takes Melissa a while to figure out she is Jason's match. In fact she is so worried about the ending of the relationship, she almost ruins the present.

Melissa also has a great supporting cast of friends. People who will be there and back her in any decision she makes. Jason fits into this group like he was there all along which only makes her fret more about never seeing him again. Yes, there were times when I could have hit her upside the head (thank you Bender Bending Rodriguez for that phrase in my head) when she worried so much, but in the end it does make sense. There is an epiphany that comes to all readers as to why she is this way. I'm not telling you if she gets it *evil laugh* but at least it is there for the rest of us to make sense of her behavior.

I also should mention that throughout the book there is a looming dark figure we know as "Ron" who decides that Melissa should be his next victim. His twisted brain make for a good villain and there is a scene that is quite heart pumping. Hopefully our couple survives it, since you know I'm not telling. Wait for it... *evil laugh*

Oh I give this book 3 1/2 stars. It's a fun contemporary romance that is great for the summer months. Plus, who can deny a character named Melissa? Seriously who??? ;) Although I'm still waiting for my Jason to come, you will love his sweet and romantic side.
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2,344 reviews69 followers
April 8, 2011
Robin DeJarnett did a wonderful job with this book. She was able to incorporate romance with a murder mystery. How great it that? I fell in love with all the characters especially Jason - what a hottie!! He is every woman’s dream man. He was romantic, caring and great in the sleeping bag. (You have to read the book to get that…just a little inside joke) LOL

Melissa, a shy and quiet college student soon to be a reporter on her way to Mitch, her best friend’s wedding, and ends up falling in love with his brother, Jason, the hottie. They had never met before, but had e-mailed each other a few times. After the reception, someone is murdered and now Melissa thinks that he murderer is after her too. I don’t to say much more, cause I don’t want to give too much up. You just have to read it. Overall the book was really good and I loved the chemistry between Melissa and Jason. The only thing that bothered me and the reason why I’m not giving it a 5 is because of Melissa’s whining through out the whole book. Although I understand now why she acted the way she did, it just got really annoying while reading and I felt like it got in the way of the love story. Other than that, the book was REALLY good. I totally recommend it! Enjoy.
Profile Image for Lisa Langdale.
46 reviews4 followers
January 27, 2011
Wow! What a great mix of humor, romance (hot tub, anyone?), suspense, and wit.

And Jason. Wow. Jason is . . . MINE! Back off ladies! I want to be his fork and I want my hand in his left pocket (You'll have to read to find out why!) Besides his sexiness, he is just an all around awesome guy who totally captured my heart!

Melissa is a fantastic character. Her personality jumped off the page and really drew me in. While I thought that her character was extremely well developed in the first half of the book, the second half digs in even deeper as she learns so much about herself through her experiences and new (and old) relationships.

No review of Whirlwind would be complete with out mentioning Mitch. I love him almost as much as Jason (okay, if I'm being honest, it's totally a tie!). Who doesn't love a man in S#%& kickers, right?

I can't wait for the sequel to come out! HURRY UP, Robin <3
Profile Image for Bia.
328 reviews19 followers
April 8, 2012
This book was just what I need after crying so much reading “The Fault in Our Stars”. It has some fluffy, adventure, a hot guy, a crime and mystery.

We meet Melissa when she is on her way to her best friend’s wedding, Mitch McAlister who used to be part of the rodeo team from their college. Melissa is part of the college’s newspaper and has great problems with abandon. Her dad was a police officer and killed in action, so she has some really psychological issues about believing she is not worth anyone staying. Jason McAlister is the younger brother of Mitch and the best man of the wedding. He is kind, handsome, brilliant and the most loving person out there. So the story is about Melissa and Jason and the mystery of a murdered woman at the Mitch’s wedding.

It had a lot of good parts, but sometimes Melissa got in my nerves since she didn’t believe Jason could feel the same as she.

One last thing, I didn't read this one when it was a ff!
Profile Image for Nicole.
20 reviews
April 16, 2011
Chick-lit meets murder mystery in Whirlwind, an accomplished novel by Robin DeJarnett that I was lucky enough to win a copy of on Goodreads. Easy to read and well crafted, this is ultimately a fairy-tale love story where protagonist Melissa, a pragmatic journalism student, can't quite believe she might have met her soulmate seconds after laying eyes on him.

While I agree with other reviewers that Melissa can be annoying at times, I think it fits with the character (and you find that out as the story progresses). And while the main characters' relationship can feel a bit unrealistic at times, it is fiction - what's wrong with a bit of make-believe? :)
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41 reviews1 follower
November 14, 2017
I absolutely fell in love with this book, consuming it at every moment of free time possible (in the car while in traffic, at the doctors, even at work...sssh! don't tell on me)! This sweet little tale of love at first sight had me sporting a smile the entire time. It is a perfect read to allow you hope that true love really does exist and happily ever afters are possible. Mrs. DeJarnett wove an excellent story with just enough excitement to get my heart racing, praying for the good guys to win. I look forward to reading this again when I'm in the need of a pick-me-up.
249 reviews1 follower
February 14, 2011
It was good to get this book and finally know the ending. Overall this was a fun read. The part that made me give it a 3 was after a bit I couldn't take Melissa's whinning anymore. She had the hot guy, so relax and enjoy the time you do have with him! No one knows what the next day will bring, so enjoy the time now.

I really enjoyed when the bad guy showed up. I wasn't expecting it and it sent chills through me when he spoke. I haven't had a book scare me in a long time.
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510 reviews26 followers
June 21, 2011
This is a fun,contemporary romance with a bit of danger. I loved the interaction between the bestfriend who's getting married, and Melissa, the main character. He's getting married and she's less than enthusiastic, which leads to emotional discoveries in friendship and love. This a fast paced, steamy, romantic read.
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114 reviews24 followers
July 12, 2012
I thought this story started off kinda slow, and the heroine's self deprecation went a little further than I thought believable. But I really enjoyed the love story after I got past both of those issues!

This book definitely ends much stronger than it begins and it is worth reading!!
Profile Image for Julie.
1,534 reviews
January 27, 2011
cute chick lit book...jason is dreamy full review to come
Profile Image for Laura.
33 reviews10 followers
September 11, 2011

Whirlwind is just that – a whirlwind of romance, mystery and fun. We get caught up in the events that take place as Melissa Williams is being stalked by a murderer, having fantasies of a happily ever after and learning to deal with the past.

As Melissa is wrapping up the end college of with her best friend Mitch’s wedding, where she discovers that love at first sight may not be a total myth. Sadden by the realization that Mitch will no longer be around and feeling sorry for herself she looks into Jason McAlister’s eyes for the first time and she sees a future there. But she chalks it up to fantasy and wishful thinking as she knows Jason will be heading back across country at the end of the week. And some how she gets herself put in the cross hairs of a killer who now isn't only after her but Jason as well.

I loved the duality of Melissa as her “naughty” side was awakened by Jason McAlister, the best man and brother of the groom. I was actually giggling when Jason was asking for “naughty Melissa” to come out or not to come out to play. Jason is sweet, charming and handsome, thank goodness some flaws were found as all too perfect doesn’t cut it. The couple is fun and flirty and the book is not overly sexed, but steamy and romantic. I found the interactions between all the characters were fresh and believable. I only had one eye-roll moment and honestly I would have rolled my eyes not matter which book those particular words were written in.

Robin DeJarnett weaves a story that puts you right in the center of the action with her fast paced story and witty writing, you can’t help but turn the page to read what happens next. Reviewed fo: http://www.theromancereviews.com/view...

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1,458 reviews177 followers
January 28, 2012
Received for review
Overall Rating 3.50
Character Rating 3.75
Story Rating 3.25

Note: This was a very easy read that I enjoyed. I re-read it because I could not remember specifics so that changed my rating slightly. However, this is one of those good summer reads for a lazy afternoon.

What I Loved: Jason to me was everything a leading man is supposed to be: hot, smart, loving, and immediately attracted to Melissa. The romantic date that he takes her on is one right out of a dream sequence. The fact that he "got" Melissa was also one of the other enduring things about him. He didn't try to change her just understand her. Those kind of men make me swoon!

What I Liked: I mostly really liked Melissa when she wasn't over-thinking the "end" of their relationship. You could see her coming into her own and even begin to get comfortable with Jason. The fact that she was smart and had very little confidence kind of rang true of most "tunnel visioned" women. I liked her friendship with Mitch and how she began to see Ann the way he did. In fact, most of the side characters were wonderfully written and highly enjoyable.

Complaints: I really would have liked Melissa to get out of her head, by the end of Whirlwind I wanted to bop her on the head. I also like my HEA's more solid though I think the ending fits the book title perfectly!

Why I gave a 3.75: This was a quick, light read with a sweet romance. Don't get me wrong the smexy scenes were hot but I thought the connection between Jason and Melissa was sweet. You could easily read this on a lazy summer afternoon.

Who I would recommend it too: Contemporary Romance reader
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690 reviews13 followers
April 9, 2013
I stumbled across this book in my Amazon recommendations and it was an entertaining short read for me. A love at first sight story with a crazy serial killer mixed in!

Melissa shows up to her best friends Mitch’s wedding and is immediately drawn to the sexy guy who leads her to her place to sit. As soon as he touches her, she sees herself with him in the future. If the story kept on like this it would have been way too unbelievable but rest assured, this is not your every day average love at first sight story.

When Melissa sees her sexy stranger standing next to her BFF Mitch at the altar she realizes he is actually Mitches brother Jason…who she exchanged several emails with in previous months. She is now mortified and tries to get away before she is discovered.

Of course, once Jason realizes who Melissa is, he is in it to win it and will rest at nothing until he can convince Melissa they should be together.

Melissa is convinced everyone leaves her so when she learns Jason is from Michigan and will be going back home, she doesn’t want to allow herself to get to close.

This was a fun read with some crazy suspense fixed in. Watching Melissa fight her feelings for Jason was done in a refreshing way.

It is pretty predictable, you pretty much know who the killer is right from the start but what you don’t know if where or when he will strike. When he finally does, it is pretty heart breaking…although not tragic.

This was a enjoyable contemporary stand alone(not a series hooray!) read and I would definitely recommend it.
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320 reviews243 followers
April 6, 2011
Robin DeJarnett did a wonderful job with this book. She was able to incorporate romance with a murder mystery. How great it that? I fell in love with all the characters especially Jason - what a hottie!! He is every woman’s dream man. He was romantic, caring and great in the sleeping bag. (You have to read the book to get that…just a little inside joke) LOL

Melissa, a shy and quiet college student soon to be a reporter on her way to Mitch, her best friend’s wedding, and ends up falling in love with his brother, Jason, the hottie. They had never met before, but had e-mailed each other a few times. After the reception, someone is murdered and now Melissa thinks that he murderer is after her too. I don’t to say much more, cause I don’t want to give too much up. You just have to read it. Overall the book was really good and I loved the chemistry between Melissa and Jason. The only thing that bothered me and the reason why I’m not giving it a 5 is because of Melissa’s whining through out the whole book. Although I understand now why she acted the way she did, it just got really annoying while reading and I felt like it got in the way of the love story. Other than that, the book was REALLY good. I totally recommend it! Enjoy.

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2,320 reviews30 followers
May 27, 2011
I enjoyed watching Melissa meet Jason and watch them fall in love. Melissa came to her best friends Mitch's wedding. She was feeling depressed not only was Mitch now marrying Ann but he was moving away from college and starting a new job. Melissa had a lot of friends at the wedding, but she didn't know the handsome usher who seated her at the wedding untill she saw him seat Mitch's parents and realized it was Jason his younger brother that last fall they had flirted over the internet for a few weeks. Jason kept stareing at Melissa too and finally at the reception realized that was who she was. Also durning the wedding some guy was bugging and scaring Melissa and Jason and melissa friends scared him away.

Melissa was both flirty and shy with jason because he was at school back east and she in CA. The next day Jason went back with her to her empty apartment because of the scare and did not want to leave her and watch them fall in love and see all the friends she has Melissa had a hard time thinking that in 5 days she wont see Jason again. I loved the characters and wanted to see more of them. I did not want to say goodbye either.
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373 reviews
September 3, 2014
Flounced. I couldn't even finish it.

Melissa is an aspiring journalist whose best friend Mitch, is getting married. She knows her life is about to change after Mitch's wedding. But she doesn't expect that change to be Mitch's own brother, Jason. Their chemistry is instant. And even though they've never met in person, they have shared some fun and surprisingly flirty emails.

This book had a lot of potential. I really think that the idea behind it was a good one, the execution, however, left much to be desired. There was too much detail. Too many rambling thoughts. While I understand that this is from Mel's POV, it was too much of an info dump everywhere. In addition, her insecurities were all over the place. Sometimes I couldn't keep up with where her mind was going. I can sympathize with this as I have a similar personality, but it was even a bit much for me!

I kept waiting for it to get to where the story was headed. About 1/2 way in, it was still Melissa and her insecurities.

It was a great idea and could have been a great book, but it lacked the flow that a good book needs.
August 22, 2011
Fun novel from debut author.

It was fun to see Melissa & Jason's romance blossom. However, I will admit I wasn't completely sold on it. The first half of the book was spent on the first 24 hours of their relationship. I could have used a little less of that...or a longer book would have been even better! I also would have liked to see more of the relationship between Melissa & Mitch, to get a better feeling of their closeness. I enjoyed Mitch & Jason's protectiveness of Melissa.

I like a good mix of mystery and romance. However, this was way heavier on the romance than the mystery part of it. I really enjoyed the mystery aspect & would love to have seen Ron's character play a bigger part...even a few chapters from Ron's POV would have been cool.

My favorite part was the very end of the book with Melissa & Jason. I totally did not see that coming! It left me with a huge smile on my face.
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60 reviews21 followers
August 12, 2011
I really don't like writing bad reviews because the written word is an amazing thing and to be able to produce a book is a gift. With that being said, I really don't see what the hype is about. The plot was a good idea, but I feel it was lacking in execution. I fell in love with the characters, but felt that they were a bit two dimensional. I thought that there was too much of a need for a happy ending so things were a bit rushed and at some points a little unbelievable. Oh, there was also a little scene that involved fondue that made me vomit a little bit.
Now, with all of that out in the open, the story was cute and fluffy. It's a quick and easy read that takes you away from reality for a little bit and into the lives of these wonderful little make-believe people. Touching in some areas and action packed in others, I didn't regret that I picked this book up and will probably read other works from the author.
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484 reviews247 followers
October 12, 2012
Everybody needs a prince charming like Jason. OMG, wow. He was so sexy but at the same time so sweet. I could honestly go on and on about Jason. I fell in love with him. *sigh*

Melissa was a little hard on herself and at first I found it irritating but once I understood about her dad, I got it better. I did realize that Melissa having a naughty personality and a shy personality is a lot like myself so I felt connected with her.

Melissa and Jason together were awesome, I felt sorry for Jason when Melissa would go all depressing waiting on the expected doom though. I'm glad she finally woke up.

I wish the story would have carried on a little further or at least showed a little bit of their future together. That may be my problem, I get wrapped up in stories and always want just a little bit more.

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