Here is the official blurb from Goodreads:
Some things are worth waiting for…
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.
Some things are worth experiencing…
Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.
Some things should never be kept quiet…
But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?
And some things are worth fighting for…
I’m still a newbie when it comes to reading books that fall into the New Adult category, but if I had to guess, I would say this book is a perfect example of the category.
Avery is a college freshman. She’s living in her first apartment, on her own for the first time, and experiencing those things you do as a freshman. She makes new friends, meets a boy, and tries for that thing that many of us do when we leave behind the people who know us – she reinvents herself. Avery has a great reason for wanting to leave her past behind and become somebody new. She’s left a horrible experience behind in her past. There are two things that I particularly loved about this book: the romance and the realization that you can’t run from your past.
Cameron is a brilliant hero. He’s sweet, charming, feels like a real guy, and is hot to boot. He gets frustrated by Avery’s issues, even though he tries to support her. I found that real. She hurts him sometimes, and he’s not afraid to show it, even tossing out some attitude. That too was real. I think it made him the perfect counterpart for Avery. He’s a good guy, and she changes when she meets him. She ends up wanting more for herself and has to deal with the past she left behind in order to move on. The chemistry between these two is sizzling, but it’s also emotional and on point. And I loved the supporting cast of friends that they had around them.
I do have a couple of minor critiques with the book. The first is that the book could have done with some editing. There were a LOT of typos, and you could tell that a copy editor hadn’t touched it. This is one of the reasons that I’ve had an aversion to reading self-pubbed lit (though I’m giving it more of a try). Every time I hit a typo, I was yanked out of the story. The story is so great that these errors do it a disservice. On a story-related note, I’m not sure I found the antagonist’s actions completely believable. The emotions driving the actions? Yes. The actual actions? Not so much. Without giving away spoilers, I’ll say that when the antagonist is revealed I was thrown because the actions didn’t line up with the person.
This book was a fantastic read and reminded me of my freshman year in my first apartment. I was sucked in and read it in a single sitting, and I can’t wait for the second book in this series. If you like Colleen Hoover or want to dip your toes in New Adult, this is a great book to start with.
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