Title: Camp Payback
Author: J. K. Rock
Series:Camp Boyfriend #2
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: April 29,2014
Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she’s headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall. Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn’t seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex’s trouble-magnet personality and Javier’s need to stay in the background don’t mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry. With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?
Alex has a lot of angst and needs a place to release it. She chooses camp, since this is a place where she has a bit of space from her controlling family. Javier can’t miss Alex or her schemes when he seems to find himself in the middle of everything Alex does. He was just trying to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. Instead he falls in love with this hot headed girl and nearly losses everything he is seeking for in the process.
Both characters are in impossibly difficult situations. There seems to be no way they can come out ahead and no way for them to be together. As they learn more about themselves, they find that there is help available to become the person they each want to be. They also learn that perhaps they are judging others as much as they think they are being judged themselves. These realizations and learning to trust others help them to overcome the impossible.
I enjoyed seeing these characters learn and grow. I like how their relationships with their mothers grew in the story. Sometimes each of us is loved more than we know. It was wonderful to see the drama queen channel her energy in good ways. I did think the strong language could be limited more than it was. Again I know I am a tough judge in this area. I do look forward to more stories from Camp Juniper Point.