Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Publisher: Amazon Digital
Published: August 17, 2015
Genre: New Adult/College
Synopsis: Trish Grant is not a romantic. Okay, so she may read her share of romance novels, but that doesn’t mean she thinks that some fellow with a six pack is going to ride up on a horse and sweep her (literally) off her feet. Romance like that just isn’t for her. It belongs on the page.
Max Greene noticed Trish at his cousin’s funeral, of all places. She was hard to miss with her citrus-colored hair, violet contacts and fiery attitude.
Trish is just as captivated by Max. He makes her laugh, which is rare, and it doesn’t hurt that he rocks blue hair and isn't put off by her resting bitch face.
On the outside, their relationship seems sweet and perfect, but that's a lie. To say that Trish's childhood was rocky is an understatement. She's a mess of scars and hangups and is convinced that there's no way Max is going to stick around. He's determined to prove to Trish that she's a girl worth loving, flaws and all.
Will she let Max in? Or will she give up her potential fairytale to protect her already-scarred heart from further damage?
*This is a new adult novel and is not suitable for readers under the age of 17*
Since this is the fourth book in the series, I did not have the background on the other characters as a backdrop for this one. That background was not necessary. This book stood on its own and was a wonderful read.
The themes of family and trust were the strongest element. The family element was woven throughout the book, but the issue of trust was one that had clearly been building from the previous books. Each of the couples in the novel had some kind of trust issue that they were more than happy to share with Trish and Max as their story began to build. I liked that while Trish was learning to trust Max, she was also learning to trust her brother on a deeper level and the friends she considered her family as well. They were all very patient with her and allowed her the space and time to discover that they loved her no matter what she had dealt with in her past.
Max is almost too good to be true, but he also had his flaws. That made him human. I admit, a few times I argued that no college aged boy would be this thoughtful and almost wrote him off. He is not an alpha male. He is a regular guy who works hard and is in love with Trish. He manages to get past her thick, impenetrable walls and make a home for himself there despite her desire to push him away. He is persistent and so is Trish, who by the way, is as stubborn as they come.
Well written and deeply emotional at times, this book is well worth your time.