October 18th, 2016
I’ve always lived in the shadows of my athletic older brother and my charismatic twin sister. And that’s okay by me. I don’t mind being known as the shy wallflower. The gawky geek. The sweet, virginal girl. Well, that’s one label I’ve been trying to shed since starting my freshman year in college this year. The thing is, no one’s ever looked twice at me.
Until I met Van Gerard.
He notices me. He looks at me and seems to like what he sees. He understands and listens to me. He’s become a great friend. The problem is, I don’t want him as a friend.
I want more.
But my brother – along with a state line between us, and oh yeah, Van’s long-time girlfriend – are just a few complications getting in the way of what I want.
I thought my senior year in college would be the best time of my life. I’m a starter on a Pac-12 basketball team, set to graduate with a degree in Finance. I have a girlfriend whom I’d planned to start a future with. I thought my life was already mapped out.
But then the bottom dropped out with a confession I never expected to hear, from the girl I thought I knew.
I thought wrong.
Luckily for me, Kylah Griffin was there to break my fall. She’s the best thing this year has given me. She’s helped me through a devastating blow that could have sent me reeling.
I know she wants more, but I’m not sure I can give it. Now that I’ve been burned, I don’t think I can go there again. Kylah’s not a hook-up, and she’s definitely not a rebound. She’s a sweet girl who deserves more than to be friend-zoned.
If only things weren’t so complicated.
*I was provided a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
I have to be honest… I had no idea what to expect from this book when I requested it. The blurb looked interesting, cute and had one of my favorite tropes, the older brother’s friend, but I was scared about the fact that Van had a girlfriend and that Kylah could be his rebound, especially with Kylah being as innocent and naive as she was. Good thing I was wrong and that didn’t happen because I really didn’t want to hate this book.
I did like this book and the main characters but there was something that was off with them. I really liked Kylah and she made me laugh a lot sometimes. I understood her and the fact that she wanted to grow up and not being seen as the “sweet girl” anymore. However, sometimes she was too immature for my taste. I know she’s 18/19 through the book but sometimes she looked even younger. I couldn’t understand her obsession with Van at all. When the book started she had known him for a few days and was already obsessed with him. I would have liked if sometimes she thought about something that wasn’t Van. I also liked Van a little bit more than Kylah. He was a really nice guy and once he was in a relationship he was in a relationship. He was faithful to his girlfriend and showed how much he loved her. I also really liked that he was different from the guys from all the other guys in the NA books I normally read. Normally all the guys are manwhores (which I love, btw) but Van was different. However, sometimes he was too perfect for my taste. I don’t know why. There was something missing and I can’t even say what.
Kylah and Van’s relationship was super cute. I liked how they started out as friends, even if they were both developing feelings for each other, and I loved how they helped each other in difficult times. I especially loved how supportive Kylah was when Van was going through some difficult stuff. My main problem was that once they went in a romantic path everything went by too fast. I would have liked if it was a little bit more slow. They did have an amazing chemistry despise Kylah’s inexperience and a certain weird scene that I would prefer that it hadn’t happened… WHY COULDN’T YOU TALK ABOUT CERTAIN STUFF KYLAH??
One thing I really liked about this book was the writing. This was a fast-paced book that was super funny. I really, really liked it and I loved the dual POV. I’m a sucker for dual POV and I have no problems with admitting that at all XD.
Overall, this was a pleasant surprise and an entertaining book. I really enjoyed the story even if I had a few problems with it. Now I really want to read the other books in this series because I’m curious about some characters (I’m looking at you Carver and Kady… I need to know your stories). I would definitely recommend this one.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?