Saturday, April 13, 2013



A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
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My Review:

This is a book that I read a while ago, but loved it so much that I had to post a review. After reading Tammara Webber's Between the Lines series (also a must read), I decided to check this story out, and much like the Between the Lines books, I could NOT put it down. Jacqueline's character is extremely relatable and I completely fell in love with Lucas and Landon. (They both had my heart racing...major swoonfest!)
The storyline itself has a powerful opening and is full of romance, suspense, and great writing that leaves you laughing, crying, and biting your nails in anxiety. It is a true coming of age tale and it was fun to watch Jacqueline grow and find herself as the story progressed. Her character is the epitome of that college age mindset, where you are trying to figure out who you are and what is most important, which is one of the many reasons why she is so easy to relate to.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the witty and sweet banter between Jacqueline and her Econ tutor, Landon. All of their playful online conversations had me grinning from ear to ear. And! What's not to love about a tall, dark, handsome, tattooed artist type who proves to be the ultimate knight in shining armor?! Sure, he is harboring some pretty dark secrets, but him and his sexy lip ring and gorgeous hair got my blood boiling regardless. *fans face* ; )
I also loved the relationship between Jacqueline and her best friend, Erin, who is funny, bold and fiercely loyal. She honestly reminded me of my own best friends and she had me cracking up throughout the book with her hilarious one liners. Every girl needs a friend like her.
I don't want to go too far into detail about the frightening and unfortunately realistic situations that Jacqueline finds herself in throughout the story because I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that the ultimate message is a powerful one. It took me back to my own college years and made me feel thankful that I never had to experience the awful things that the characters in this story did.
Without a doubt, it is one of the best Mature Young Adult books I have read. I honestly can't say enough great things about it, so check it out! Beware, once you do... it isn't "easy" to put down. (wink wink)

Happy Reading, Y'all =)

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