Average Goodreads Rating: 4.18
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Published on: February 4, 2014
Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.
Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.
As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…
My Rating: 4 stars
An overview of the Novel: When Teresa's knee shattered so did her entire life and all of her dreams. Now, she's at the same college with her brother feeling restless and directionless.
The problem is that it is also the college where Jase goes. Jase is her brother's best friend and the guy she's always had a crush on. They even kissed once, but Jase seems all too happy to ignore her. She feels she's only setting herself up for another heartbreak.
Jase is attracted to Teresa, but there are a million reasons why he should ignore those feelings. The main two being that Teresa is his best friend's sister and the second is his past that's not something he's willing to share with anybody.
And yet Jase and Teresa keep being thrown together. Will they find the strength to accept their feelings for each other or will they end up walking away?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I love Armentrout and I adored the first one in this series. I even reread the first one before reading this one.
I was so excited to get Jase and Teresa's story as I adored them in the first novel. Teresa and Jase were characters I loved from the beginning and loved even more as I watched them grow in the novel. I loved watching Teresa discovering herself and watching Jase start living in the present again.
I've read so many novels in this genre and Armentrout is still one of my favorite new adult authors, if not my favorite.
Her novels just have a voice and a depth that many novels in this genre seem to lack. I can't wait to read the rest in the series.
So why 4 stars? I loved it. It stood out to me and I would definitely reread it. It wasn't quite a 5, but it was amazing!
Can I read the series out of order? You can. The series follow different characters in each novel. I love the series and would recommend reading it in order, but you don't have to.
Warnings/Side-notes: For older teens, there are many refrences to sex and alcohol that are more detailed than is appropriate for young teens.
The Wrap-up: I adore this series. It's easily becoming a series that is automatically on my to-buy list. If you haven't read this series, go buy them. You won't regret it.