I wanted to love this book. I really did because:
- The cover is HOT! In fact it’s what initially captured my attention.
- The description promised lots of angsty drama.
- And the MC’s have hit rock bottom due to guilt weighing heavily on both of their shoulders after an event that they both feel could have been avoided had they done things differently.
So, I was all prepared to dive into an emotional rollercoaster of a ride and while there was a lot of ups and downs, it just didn’t grab me by the heart and shove me down the rabbit hole. This isn’t to say I wasn’t invested in the story, because I was, but my interest was more on the side of a scientist observing an experiment than being emotionally invested in the characters.
This isn’t to say that I didn’t like or empathize with Arrow and Mia I just couldn’t fully connect with either of them. My heart did ache for what they had gone through and the pain and guilt that caused them both to end up in their own personal hell, but neither was able to fully grab hold of me. This lack of connection, unfortunately, bled over into the Arrow/Mia/Brogan love triangle and I spent much of my time trying to figure out what made Mia so special. She isn’t a bad person by any means, though some of her choices and reactions had me rolling my eyes. She is the nice, sweet, determined to better herself girl from the wrong side of the tracks, but she just didn’t have that spark that had me saying “Ahhh. That’s why all the guys want her.” Without that spark the triangle just ended up falling flat for me.
Though the romance element fell flat for me, the story itself was done well. There were some aspects that I figured out, but there were a couple twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and liked how everything played out in the end. But what saved the book as a whole for me were the secondary characters. I really liked Chris, Mason, Keegan and Sebastian and even Bailey, though she drove me crazy at times, and am looking forward to reading more about them. I may not have absolutely adored this book, but it was still an enjoyable read and a good start to a new series.
~ ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in an exchange for an honest review ~
Once, the only thing that mattered to me was football—training, playing, and earning my place on the best team at every level. I had it all, and I threw it away with a semester of drugs, alcohol, and pissing off anyone who tried to stop me. Now I’m suspended from the team, on house arrest, and forced to spend a semester at home to get my shit together. The cherry on my fuckup sundae? Sleeping in the room next to mine is my best friend’s girl, Mia Mendez—the only woman I’ve ever loved and a reminder of everything I regret.
I’m not sure if having Mia so close will be heaven or hell. She’s off-limits—and not just because she’s working for my dad. Her heart belongs to someone else. But since the accident that killed her brother and changed everything, she walks around like a zombie, shutting out her friends and ignoring her dreams. We’re both broken, numb, and stuck in limbo.
Until I break my own rules and touch her.
Until she saves me from my nightmares by climbing into my bed.
Until the only thing I want more than having Mia for myself is to protect her from the truth.
I can’t rewrite the past, but I refuse to leave her heart in the hands of fate. For this girl, I’d climb into the sky and rearrange the stars.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance novelist Lexi Ryan is a former college English professor turned full-time writer. Author of over a dozen novels, her books have been translated into German, French, and Italian and produced in audio. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found enjoying yoga, reading copiously, hanging out with her family, and thanking her lucky stars.