Author: A.M. Wilson
Published Date: March 16th 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Eighteen year old Tatum Krause wants nothing more than to finish her senior year without any more drama. After the near overdose of her drug abusing mother the previous year, she moved out in the hopes of making something better for herself. However, the week before her final year, she ends up needing the help of a sexy stranger who’s about to flip her world on its axis.
Jacoby Ryan only wants one thing: to forget his past. The last two years have been filled with empty feelings and women in an attempt to stem the heartache and guilt. He’s ghosted blindly through the motions until late one night, he finds a car stalled on the side of an empty highway where he meets a beautiful girl with a haunted look in her eyes.
She has a secret, but so does he. Despite their magnetic pull, the two come to the shocking revelation their relationship isn’t so black and white. Is it possible to fight a bone-deep attraction when the entire universe is telling you it’s wrong?
Tatum was the main character and at times I really enjoyed her and at others I wanted to slap her in the head. She was portrayed as a mature adult in some aspects and then she was a whiny, sarcastic brat in others. I felt like she needed to be one or the other. Also, the storyline was a bit shaky for me. I didn’t buy into the fact that a judge let her become her own guardian, live alone, work full time and go to high school. It just seemed a bit unbelievable in that aspect.
Jacoby was the other main character and while I did enjoy him, I wasn’t sold on his whole scenario. The way that he left with no word to Tatum, helped to beat a guy up, and the flashbacks seemed to overpower the main part of the story. I felt like he was trying too hard. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, but wish that a bit more work was spent on the plot.
So, back to the plot, I liked the instant attraction, the working together to help each other deal with the past and the friendships throughout the story. I wasn’t a big fan of the classroom hook-ups, the mechanic hook-ups or the way that the plot twisted to include Wyatt and then he was suddenly just gone. I felt like he had such an important role that just wasn’t tied up well.
The author did a good job of keeping the readers attention and keeping the plot unpredictable. The reader was always one step behind in solving the mystery or in figuring out what may happen next. The author spent time with the characters and didn’t try to overwhelm the reader with too many characters, so it felt like we were in a close knit community. The story line was different and with a little more detail or alterations it could be a stellar story! I think that this author will only improve from here!! I do recommend this book to readers as they will enjoy it and they won’t be left disappointed. There is an actual ending to the story, no cliffhangers on this one!
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