It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover | Book Review

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Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Standalone
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”

This book is my biggest fear.
And I’m so happy I finally read it.

I’ve been a Colleen Hoover fan ever since I picked up Ugly Love a few years ago. But it took me two years to bring myself to pick up It Ends with Us due to its sensitive subject matter. I mean, why would I willingly read something that could trigger me? But I knew it was important for me to get through. I wanted to know how this subject matter was going to be dealt with and I wanted to know if I would learn something from it. Especially because this story is rooted from the author’s real life. 

I will put a trigger warning at the end of my review. I know most people may consider it a spoiler but I’m thankful I knew what it was about before I read it so I could wait until I was finally ready to pick it up. My reading experience would have been different if I didn’t know. At the same time, I do not think I can properly capture this book in my own synopsis, which is an element I enjoy adding to my reviews. This is one of those rare cases where it’s hard to be brief and not spoil the big events. 

This is definitely THE read that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I’m proud of myself for getting through this. It’s a huge step for me. This is also the first time in two years that I’ve picked up a Colleen Hoover book. And I didn’t realize until I read the first page how much I missed her stories. I forgot how addictive her writing style is and how dramatic her plot points are.

Lily’s letters were one of the best aspects of the book for me. It gave the story more depth and layers, and it really drew me in. And yes, Atlas was a favourite character of mine. I loved reading about their past relationship and seeing how his role played out in Lily’s present life.

“In the future… if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again… fall in love with me.”

Another relationship I adored was between Lily and Allysa. Their friendship had a strange set-up and circumstances. But it was because of these circumstances that showcased friends who stuck together no matter what, which I really appreciated.

Everything about this book was raw and real. I learned so much. I cried when I was reading it and thinking about it and talking about it. The message was powerful and eye-opening. All I want to do is buy multiple copies and hand them out to everyone I know.

“Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet.”

*Trigger Warning*
Domestic abuse



The Chase by Elle Kennedy | Book Review

43635925_267298727257317_6565441545883877376_nBook: The Chase
Author: Elle Kennedy
Series: Briar U, #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 3.25/5 Stars

“I want a man with clear intentions. A man who makes an effort and is excited to spend time with me. A man who actually wants to want me. If he has to fight himself to be with me, then chances are he’d never fight for me if it came down to it.”

After finishing The Chase and thinking about it for a few days, I have come to the conclusion that this is a Legally Blonde retelling. I don’t think this was pitched as a Legally Blonde retelling, but it gave me the vibes. I mean Summer was in a sorority house, attended a new University, is into fashion, falls for a sweet nerd, IS BLONDE. And there were parts at the end I don’t want to give away that also alluded to this theory. But what I will say about it is trigger warning for sexual assault.

Anyway, now that I got that out of the way… The Chase. I’ve been waiting for this release since I finished The Goal. I can’t put into words how much I love the off-campus series, so of course I was excited for this. But unfortunately it did not live up to the hype I gave it. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book, it was entertaining, but there was something about it that was missing in comparison to the books in the off-campus series.

After almost burning down her sorority house, Summer is left unwanted by her old school and new sorority house when she transfers to Briar University. Left we no other options, Summer moves into the house her older brother Dean used to live in. The only problem is she now has three hockey players as roommates, and one of them is Fitzy. The same guy she had a thing for and the same guy who clearly doesn’t want her. Now they have to live together and potentially face what is going on between them.

“We deserve someone who gives us one hundred percent. Half-assed effort isn’t effort. Half-assed love isn’t love. If a man isn’t all in, then we need to be all out.”

This book had its good sections and its meh sections. It was slow-paced, meaning Summer and Fitzy’s interactions and relationship didn’t take off as soon as I expected. The dancing around each other was annoying. But obviously any well-written character is shaped by their experiences. Fitzy’s reluctance, as annoying as it was at first, became eye-opening and interesting when his difficulty in conveying emotions was made clear due to his harsh environment growing up.

I didn’t relate to Summer at all and was a little hesitant to read from her perspective, Fitzy, on the other hand, was more relatable to me. Not that I need to relate to a character to enjoy a book, but Summer’s personality is the type that overwhelms and fascinates me because she is so different. I didn’t know what to expect from her. But what I grew to appreciate about her, and about the book in general, was her passion for girl love. Feminism was an element that really drew me into her character.

“Do you realize how many decades you set us back every time you call another girl a slut? We’ve spent years fighting to not be viewed as sexual objects or be judged and shamed if we happen to enjoy sex. It’s bad enough that men still do this to us. When you do it too, it sends the message that it’s fair game for women to be treated this way.”

“We live in a society where too many women tear each other down instead of raising each other up. That’s absurd to me. We need to empower one another, teach future generations of girls that it’s important to stand together.”

In terms of the romance, I loved the dynamic between Fitzy and Summer when they finally started dating. They were a couple who were complete opposites, which I found interesting to read about. And of course, just as I anticipated, there were sexual lines and lines in general that were cringy. I mean this is a new adult college romance, what else is new?

I found the ending to be abrupt. When I turned to the last page, I was surprised that it was the last page. Which was a little anticlimactic if you ask me. But, I’m obviously excited to continue with this new series. And I’m excited that the release for The Risk is not too far away. I don’t know who the new book is about yet, but I can’t wait to find out.

“A woman isn’t defined by her boyfriends. She’s defined by her achievements. And her shoes.”


Collide by Gail McHugh | Book Review

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Author: Gail McHugh
Series: Collide, #1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4/5 Stars

“I want us! You belong with me, not him. Every part of you was made for me. Your lips were made to kiss mine, your eyes were made to wake up to me looking at you in my bed every morning… I am more certain of us than I’m certain I require oxygen to breath.”

Is it possible to enjoy a book AND have a million problems with it?

Because this read was capable of both.

After her mother passes away, Emily leaves her old life behind to move to New York City and be close to her boyfriend, Dillon. But when her path crosses with a handsome stranger, Emily is left with a want that she doesn’t understand or accept. It turns out the handsome stranger is Gavin Blake, one of Dillon’s closest friends. When Dillon begins to show signs of unhealthy behaviour, and when the unavoidable attraction between Emily and Gavin develops further, everything begins to fall apart.

“I’ve never felt so heartbroken and so in love at the same time. If you would’ve told me the day we met that you were going to break my heart— and that days, months, or even years would pass, that I would still be hurting like this—it wouldn’t have stopped me from falling in love with you.”

Collide had just the right amount of romance, angst (which I love), plot, and of course smut. But as much as I enjoyed this read, I need to also acknowledge the problematic components woven into the story. Many of which are highly triggering and I’m including them in a list so future readers know to be cautious if they decide to pick this book up. Don’t read the list below if you don’t want to know.

-> Cheating
-> Sexual Assault/Rape
-> Abusive Relationship both Verbally and Physically
-> Use of abusive methods/words to get an ex back, (suicide is mentioned).
-> Stalking
-> Assault under the influence of Alcohol & “Being Drunk” used as an excuse for the actions and words.
-> Victim of abusive relationship excuses bad treatment.

Can someone please explain to me if this love-at-first-sight description is meant to be romantic?

“He had never favored a woman in a ponytail – nonetheless one who looked as though she had just been in a food fight – but in that moment, she was the most magnificent creature he’d ever laid eyes on. Between her heart-shaped face, petite Coke-bottle physique, and her perfume wafting around him, Gavin found it hard to catch a decent breath.”

But also:

“There was something mysterious about his eyes, which were a shade of blue so light they almost begged her to submit to him, obey him, and do some of the naughtiest things with him that her mind could conjure up. Maybe it was the curve of his cheekbones, which fell slightly short of being too high. Possibly it was the smooth, raspy tone of his voice, which basically disarmed her every cognitive thought the first time he spoke.”

Never underestimate the power of the curve of a cheekbone…

Writing-wise, it took me by surprise when some scenes started switching between point of views every paragraph. I’ve never seen this done before and honestly it’s a writing choice I could have gone without. It took me out of the story due to how annoying it was to keep up with. The first time this came up, it almost persuaded me to put the book down.

The fact that this was written over four years ago might contribute to the fact that so many problematic elements were included. Things have evolved and come to light since then. Not Dillon, his assholiness was on purpose. But Gavin, he was problematic in ways that were not written with that purpose. So many little details that didn’t sit well with me from him could have been avoided.

Gavin didn’t give off a good first impression. Following her to work, giving her his number even though she told him she had a boyfriend…

“I’m hoping you’ll break up with your boyfriend and go out on a date with me.”

I really wanted to like Gavin, and the majority of the time I did, but I didn’t want to let some of his behaviour slide. This included Gavin mourning over Dillon and Emily’s engagement, planning to force her to accept her love for him… or even the “don’t touch me” rule she made. But did he listen? No.

Dillon is obviously worse. He is a controlling, abusive boyfriend and his presence needed to be dumped in the beginning. Why he’s still present halfway through the book is beyond me. He is possessive and jealous. You know, all the red flags that are clearly being ignored. It seemed the only person who saw right through Dillon was Emily’s best friend, Olivia. She was the voice of reason and I loved her various nicknames for him.

“Dinkerbell, Dingleberry, Dillweed, Dill Pickle, Donkey Dick Kong…”

I cried laughing every time one of these nicknames were used. They got more creative as the book went on.

I also found it hilarious how unrealistic it was for Gavin and Emily to randomly run into each other in public when they’re in New York City. You don’t just run into people like it’s a small town when you’re in a densely populated, big city. Every character, whether they did it on purpose or not, literally made all of Gavin and Emily’s encounters convenient.

The unrealisticness in new adult romances need to stop surprising me. I know what I’m getting myself into, yet it doesn’t make it any less cringy.

No one was innocent in this book. There was a lot of cheating going on, and Dill Pickle wasn’t the only one who contributed to this specific mess, making me extremely uncomfortable.

This book brought to light how abusive relationships can play out. I think it’s important that such relationships are written down, because it could mean the difference between realizing what is abusive and what is not.

“Sometimes wrong decisions lead you to the right person.”


A Violet, Violent Spring by Devyani Saini| Book Review

35620875Book: A Violet, Violent Spring
Author: Devyani Saini
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary 
My Rating: 1/5 Stars

*A Violet, Violent Spring was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

“What are you Miana Mehra?” I stared, searching for some witty reply before he continued, “You’re a dream. A wonderfully normal dream.”

I don’t think I’ve ever given a book a one star rating, but here we are.

Mia meets her colourful and handsome next door neighbor on her way to her best friend’s wedding. It turns out his destination was the same. From there, Mia runs into him multiple more times, which prompts them to begin a relationship that could either work in their favour or fall apart completely.

I asked myself multiple times while reading this: “What is the point?” Nothing about it grabbed me. The story had no plot, no beginning, middle, and end. The characters were basic, boring, cringy, and problematic. I can go on.

So I have about three pages of notes and I believe the best way to organize them in this review is through a list of the good and the bad. Here we go…

The good:

-I like the different cultures in this story. And I like how the author clearly included things like “ohh british people apologize a lot.” I didn’t know that but it’s clear she wrote it from experience.
“British social customs were tedious indeed. Smiling and apologizing constantly! Even flower boy seemed roped in by them.”
Once in a blue moon warmth.
“London is a beauty in summer but bitter and spiteful in the winter.”
-The only times I actually enjoyed reading this book was during the prologue and epilogue. I don’t know what it was, but it gave off a different feel from the actual story. It was separate to me, and the writing intrigued me. Maybe it was because the epilogue was not in Mia’s perspective, but who knows.
“First of all, it’s a sweater. Second of all, we are past having to categorize pieces of cloth according to gender. We are an evolved species, thank you very much.”

The bad:

SEXUAL ASSAULT WARNING PAGE 201. (That was the page in my digital copy of the book).
-No events have really grabbed my attention. It’s basic. It’s boring.
-Did not like the build-up to the romance. Like “oh of course he was her driver, of course he showed up to her apartment when she was half naked.” It’s so set-up it hurts.
-Cringy wordings/descriptions. But I seem to expect it now from contemporaries.
-There is no flow.
-Mia labels and judges people. “I resisted the urge to say Thug and Emo Hick.” I feel like this is meant to be funny? But it’s not funny. It has quite the opposite effect on me actually.
-They have to travel to the same locations at the same time uncoincidentally. I get it if they run into each other but they live right next door from one another. Use that to prompt their relationship. This is too unrealistic and cringy. The first time was fine, but two times?
“Are you seriously going this way?” I laughed at us and at fate, though it seemed cheesy to say. It wasn’t like this was the first time something like this happened to us. He knew it as well as I did.”
-Also did I mention I feel nothing for these characters?
Banter is supposed to be fun, especially between potential romantic couples, but the banter is just not working for me here.
-This is just a series of boring events and jokes that aren’t funny.
“Smiled silently.” As opposed to what? Smiled loudly?
‘Nothing. Just that… most people wouldn’t comment on shoes.” YES THEY WOULD. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU WEAR BUNNY SLIPPERS. But apparently people comment on legs. IS THIS HOW SHE FLIRTS?
-Please stop fake gasping.
-Fine decline the bff but not the hot next door neighbor.
-What are the stakes?
-There are moments that have potential but are destroyed in the next sentence.
“I imagined his vocal cords vibrating inside his larynx. The source of such a fantastic and breathless sound was literally just air rushing against two infolding’s of mucous membrane.” “… lightly pressing his thumbs against the part of my coxal bone which jutted out from beneath my skin.” I understand that Mia is studying to be some kind of nurse or doctor, but I have no words for these descriptions.
-Now let’s begin with the problematic parts:
“It’s not nothing and you’re going to tell me. It’s the least you can do after that night you took me out.”
“For the record it’s only assault if I stick my tongue down your throat.”
“Where are you going?”
To India to visit my family. During my next break.”
“You should tell me these things.”
“Why? It doesn’t concern you.”
“You are literally living with me. And you sucked my face. So yes, to an extent it does.”
“I’ll tell you everything. But not now.”
I wanted it to be not ever, but Luhan was right when he said these kinds of things were his concern, at least to an extent.
“You can’t say you didn’t like it.” [The sex from last night]
Then the sexual assault that I don’t want to quote.
-What is with this entitlement and controlling nature they have towards each other. Because we kissed, you have to tell me. And yes Mia you are acting entitled but he isn’t any better.
-I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve made a “what the hell am I reading” face.
THIS BASICALLY SUMS UP THE BOOK: “We were just moments, at the end of it. Moments strung together by circumstance and unwound in the same way. The story thus woven is unwoven.” This book literally is just moments between them. NO PLOT.

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Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan | Book Review

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Author: Mia Sheridan
Series: Standalone
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

“You brought the silence,
The most beautiful sound I’d ever heard.”

I’ve seen Archer’s Voice around for years while going on hunts to discover captivating romances to read. Yet for some reason I always breezed past it, never acknowledging that it could potentially be a story in which I would enjoy. It wasn’t until recently when a spark hit and I realized I needed this book, needed this new adult romance in my life immediately. But going into it, for the most part, blind, I wasn’t expecting it to be different, to be refreshing, to stand out from all the other romances I’ve read in the past.

Haunted by the dark event that changed her life, Bree Prescott needed to get away. A road trip and a fresh start far from home was what she believed was her cure. This is how she found herself in the small town of Pelion. A town that has ignored a tragic event and an isolated boy for too long. Then Bree arrives, she asks questions, she breaks the silence. And she falls in love. Archer is alone, feels unworthy, and is scared to break free from a life he’s always known. Bree is the first person to show him he is capable of more.

“Try to believe that maybe more light shines out of those who have the most cracks.”

To start, I thought it was funny how this romance gave me thriller vibes in the beginning. I mean a girl enters into a small town, lives in a cottage alone, the town has secrets. Not that I have ever picked up a thriller book to know what signs to look for, but I had to remind myself that I was reading a romance, not something chilling.

As I’ve already pointed out, this was a refreshing read in the new adult romance genre. Why? Because we were given an untraditional relationship. This basically means that from the romances I’ve read in the past, this one stood out because it didn’t follow a formula that I’m used to. The roles were reversed.

I appreciated Archer’s character because usually the male protagonist in romances are not like him. He’s a virgin. And I appreciated the fact that his virginity and lack of skills in that area was a plot point for him and not for Bree. Because really, how many male protagonist virgins do you read about in romances? Where the female protagonist takes the lead and shows him the ropes? Seriously, I would love to know. He’s sensitive, shy, sweet, nervous, and yes, I was definitely swooning for him. He was also highly insecure. And I was insecure about Archer’s insecurity, if that makes any sense, because I completely connected with him in that aspect.

“This is that burden I was talking about, Bree. This is what the burden of loving me looks like.”
“Loving you isn’t a burden. Loving you is an honor and a joy, Archer.”

Bree, she was an easy character to love, but I was cringing a little at how forward and eager she was to know about Archer through other people. As if she had any right to his secrets before she properly met him. It just felt a little off to me.

Obviously going into any new adult romance, I know to prepare myself for cringy dialogue and description. And yes, this book did not “disappoint” me with a lack of  cliché phrases. When I tell you they were everywhere, I mean it. Especially when Bree described her relationship and feelings towards Archer.

“Owned by body and soul – some kind of primal connection that must have been there before I existed, before he existed, before he or I ever breathed the same air, something written in the very stars.”

When phrases like this are constant, it begins getting a little too dramatic and over-the-top for my taste.

So much of the same cringy descriptions graced my eyes. “I smiled then grinned and laughed through my grin then smiled.” Obviously this is not a direct quote from the book. I’m just being extra. But descriptions along this line existed throughout. It played a significant role in my reading experience and the outcome of my thoughts on this book.

I hate expecting things when reading, but in the middle of this book, when things were going well, I dreaded it because it was a given that a downfall was coming. This book had a fast start, but a slow middle and end for me. I lost interest in the characters. I just stopped caring.

I wanted to end this review with one last thing this book did that I appreciated. There was no love triangle. Bree weeded out the asshole early, choose the man she wanted, and stuck to him through all the good and the bad.

“I wish you could see yourself through my eyes. I wish you could read my mind so that you would know how much I want you, no one else. There could be three hundred men after me right now, and it wouldn’t matter. Because none of them are you, Archer Hale. None of them are the man I love.”


Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell | Book Review

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Author: Dallas Coryell
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: June 24th 2016
Publisher: AsherRain Publications
Page count: 334
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

*Melody’s Key was sent to me by the author for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

“You can make it stop. You literally tell yourself ‘it will be ok’, as many times as it takes throughout the day. You do your damnedest to put the stuff you can’t control out of your mind…and you hope. You refuse to let anything take that away from you.”

I was extremely ecstatic to receive a request to read and review Melody’s Key, my first ever request for review might I add. Due to the fact that it is a contemporary romance book, one of my favourite genres. I found myself having both positive and negative feelings towards aspects of the writing style and story that I will go into more detail below.

Tegan Lockwood has ambitions she forces herself to suppress because her need to assist her family is her top priority. Her family business, which involves an ancient home that once belonged to her ancestors, is what they rely on for their financial needs. Though times are difficult, and Tegan’s family barely gets by with paying the bills. So it’s no surprise that the Lockwood’s not only welcome groups of vacationers into their large home to entertain them with the stunning sights the place has to offer. But they also agree to host Mason Keane, a famous American pop star who needs a quiet retreat from his crazy life, to Tegan’s utter dismay. Tegan’s harsh judgment toward Mason slowly alters as she realizes that not all the rumors are true. The two begin to bond over their shared love of music and song writing as a trust develops between them. They confide in each other about their pasts, and as time goes on, their friendship becomes something more.

I want to start out by saying that the setting of this story completely enchanted me. The descriptions of this house, the dunes, the gardens, and the sea all surrounded me as I was happy to visit this unique setting through Tegan’s experience but also wished that I could escape there myself. There was a historical aspect to the story that was interesting, which also tied in with the ancient house. Tegan discovered love letters between her ancestors in the attic of her home, a secret possession that we were able to read to see the source of how Tegan was able to regain her hope for love. The letters contained the dramatic story of a romance separated by class and war. I found the wording of parts of the letters to be cheesy and over the top, but I assume that makes sense given the time they were supposed to be written. We only read from one side, the mysterious man that signed off every letter with Lost without you. The attic was a trove of history that I was begging Tegan to uncover. I was intrigued by this connection of history to the setting, which gave the story much more depth than I was expecting.34449524

As for the writing style in general, there were a lot of cliché phrases and descriptions that I had trouble taking seriously. I was even disappointed when I realized that Mason was a “troubled” pop star who needed an escape to re-evaluate his life. I would definitely say that this is a trope I am not extremely fond of, hence my reaction. Though I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Mason’s character as I got to know him better. Since he was in refuge, seeing him in action as a pop star wasn’t heavily highlighted. Certain parts of the story accentuated how much of a big deal he was, but his initial laid-back demeanor and casualness  around Tegan and her family allowed me to like him a lot.

Something specific that I didn’t understand was why Tegan was talented as an artist. Her specialty is song writing and music, but then her artistic skill got thrown into the mix. It didn’t seem to do anything for her as she developed throughout the story. It was mentioned in passing with not much to show for it.

As for the relationship development between Tegan and Mason, it was not instalove, which I really appreciated. Their back and forth was hilarious and adorable at times and I loved the backdrop of Teagan’s family being involved. Such as her sister’s enthusiasm at matching the two together.

With reading the book in general, the further progress I made, the more my enjoyment of the story grew. Especially the last forty pages where I couldn’t stop reading as I anticipated the results of Tegan’s ambition. There was even a point where I couldn’t stop grinning at the adorableness of what was going on. Another unique aspect of the story were the songs. The author wrote and sung the songs included in the story, which I enjoyed listening to when the songs came up in the book. As I flipped to the last page, I was so focused on the story that I didn’t realize I had reached the end. I would definitely say I’m interested in reading more about Tegan and Mason’s story in the future.

The Goal by Elle Kennedy | Book Review

Image result for the goal elle kennedyBook: The Goal

Author: Elle Kennedy

Series: Off-Campus, #4

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“We all hurt. We all love. We’re the same. And your past, who you live with, where you came from, it doesn’t have to matter. You’re creating your own future, and I want to see where the road forward takes you.”

This book took me by surprise in a good way. I found it to be so different from the previous books in the series because of the maturity and seriousness of the situations the main characters had to go through. The Goal follows Tucker and Sabrina. Tucker, despite having multiple hookups of his own, is this sweet, charming, chivalrous, and quiet guy. Sabrina is an ambitious, hardworking woman who people label as bitchy because of these attributes. These two characters were different from the characters we were introduced to before but that doesn’t mean that Kennedy wasn’t able to get me attached to them.

From the end of the third book, The Score, we learn the situation Tucker has found himself in after he reveals it to his friends. For some reason I thought that The Goal was going to start off from that point in Tucker’s life, but it made more sense when I realized that we were going back to around the time The Score first took place. Throughout The Score, Dean questioned Tucker’s whereabouts and whether or not he was hiding something and The Goal reveals exactly what was going on with him.

These were new characters, it was a new story, but it also meant we had to relive certain heartbreaking events that occurred in the previous book. I just didn’t want to have to go through these emotions or read about these characters going through these emotions all over again.

The Goal follows Tucker and Sabrina through their last year of college. They meet at a bar and end up having a connection that predictably leads to a hookup. Sabrina doesn’t mind a good hookup but she could never have anything beyond that. Her plans are to go to law school, which means working two jobs to afford tuition as well as being completely focused on her current studies to maintain good grades. Tucker doesn’t believe that whatever happened between them that one night was just a one-time thing. As much as he wants to be with Sabrina again, he gives her the space she needs in order to figure it out. He never wants to push her too far. He puts her needs before his desire and allows whatever relationship they have to be on her terms. But life gives both of them difficult decisions to make when they are forced to go down a path that was never in their agenda. They both learn the hard way that life doesn’t always follow a plan.

This book felt so long to me. It had nothing to do with the actual length of the book but with the fact that these characters went through so much in the span of a year. It felt as if I read about multiple years of their lives. I’m in no means saying this was a bad thing, I actually really appreciated the journey they went through and by the end of the book I was wishing that I could continue to read more about their story.

I thoroughly enjoyed not just this book but this series as a whole. It was fast paced, addicting, funny, and I ended up loving all the main characters we got introduced to and all the relationships that got developed.