Published by Kendall Ryan on June 7th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Needing an escape from her past, Avery chooses a college where no one knows her. Keeping a low profile was the plan, falling for the intense frat boy, Jase wasn’t. Yet she can’t deny how alive she feels when he’s near. Even as common sense implores her to stay away, her body begs her to get closer.
Jase, numb from his own family drama, has grown bored with weekends fueled by nameless girls and countless bottles when he meets Avery. Helping her cope with her past is better than dealing with the bullshit his own life’s served up. Determined to drive away the painful secret she’s guarding, he appoints himself her life coach, and challenges her to new experiences. Getting close to her and being the one to make her smile are simply perks of the job.
But when Avery’s past boldly saunters in, refusing to be forgotten, can Jase live with the truth about the girl he’s fallen for?
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Kendall Ryan is a new author to me. I haven’t read ANY of her other books so I don’t have much to compare it to. But, quite frankly I don’t plan to read another one, so that’s a moot point anyway.
I’m going to say it again– The NA craze has yet another book to add to its hold. Seriously, is there a fucking template for these?? “Bad boy” man whore + virgin girl that has some sort of traumatized past. Some angst and sexual tension. A nasty but gorgeous ex. Just, gah! But I digress– this book did nothing for me. At all. Save for pissing me off. I didn’t care for the characters. I wasn’t a fan of the writing. The standard plot. The weird sub-plot. Quite frankly, I would have thought there would have been some serious character depth, since this book sat at over 300 pages. Nope. The only saving grace in this book was a new to me “scandalous past”.
This is more a rant vs review as well as slightly spoilerish.. Please don’t read if you are easily offended. Or liked the book.
College student Avery meets bad boy man whore Jase at a party. They become friends, Jase even putting himself in a position to be her “life coach” to break her out and help her live a little. They develop feelings for each other but all too soon, Avery’s secret is brought out into the spot light and their “relationship” is tested. *Dun dun dunnn*
This story moved way to fast. So fast in fact, that I thought their attraction and openness to each other was ridiculous. There wasn’t enough… development into their characters OR each other, for me to really care. And I need to care. The story is told from both Avery’s and Jase’s POV. But it didn’t flow right. The POV switch in the middle of a scene threw me off countless times. I felt like someone was shouting “CUT” after every POV switch.
Avery is very timid and shy– and I haven’t the slight clue as to WHY. With her past desecration, she has no reason to be shy. Like at all. Ashamed maybe and hesitate about blabbering her secret and letting people in. But shy? NO. Not to mention, if she was as “hesitant and shy” as she made herself seem, she sure took a liking to Jase and trusted him too easily. I didn’t buy it. AT.ALL.
Jase. Is a whole new ballgame and rant. He has family drama too– but it was so vaguely discussed that I don’t even remember what the whole deal was. I find it rich that he had nerve to judge her for her past when his was far worse. Then, has the nerve to tell HER FRIEND after throwing a fit that he had to learn from someone else. What!? Not to mention, he goes and does something completely stupid and has nerve to not disclose with Avery. But of course, all is well and she forgives him. When it took WEEKS for them to talk about her past. I can’t even… He’s a douche, a hypocrite and someone I wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole. And shit fuck? Really. *eye roll* He’s a fucking perv that all the sudden doesn’t want anyone but her? HOW ORIGINAL! *wild applause*
OF COURSE, we must have a jealous ex. Why? To add more tension of course. Please, save me the drama. And then there is this whole sub-plot about Avery going to meet her birth mother. Which, in my honest opinion, was only created to throw these two together for a road trip and used as a piss poor excuse for Avery’s “neglect”.
Overall- No. Just, No. Not for me.
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