Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone’s life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan’s looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.
But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.
Sam Reynolds doesn’t need excitement, and he doesn’t want romance. Fun is out of the question. He’s been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.
When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won’t be easy. Sam’s tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.
Nobody ever said love was simple.
Hello, welcome back to another book review!!! I find that I’m really into the New Adult genre since the last month, and this books is yet another one that I got approved for through Netgalley.
I had a few problems with the writing at the beginning of the book, unfortunately. I found it really descriptive, way more than needed be, and it took me a while to get really into it. Once I got used to the type of narration, the book flowed well and fast. Heck, I finished in under 24 hours.
About the characters, I liked both Meghan and Sam, but sometimes I just wanted to slap the hell out of them – more Sam than Meghan. I understood why he was “angry” at her and why he wanted to keep his distance, but on 2 occasions, the things he said? NOT COOL!!! Like, at all! But once they get over it, and he gives in to her, the romance is nice and hot and steamy.
Meghan fits in nicely in the farm and small town life, and it feels organic in a way that neither of them has to go out of their way for them to be together and happy. The romance is nicely done, and we can see them crumbling under each other and starting to have feelings way deeper than the occasional fling that they set out to have. But hey, everyone sees it, even them.
Warning though, this is a New Adult book, and it has a lot of sexy times – it’s not overbearingly explicit, but it’s enough. Speaking of those times, these two seem averse at having intimate moments inside four wall… seriously people! The guy owns a farm, a barn, 2 trucks, a stand, did I mention a house? Yet, they end up having sex on the side of the road, near the river, on the middle of the woods, river again… oh wow… Still, the chemistry is very much there and it makes it a pleasurable read.
The plot was predictable enough, though – again – it was nice.
All and all, this was a nice read, but it didn’t go for more than that for me. I had a few troubles getting into the writing, I couldn’t connect to the characters 100% and the plot hold no big surprises for me, so I give it a solid 3 stars. *by the way, sorry for the amount of times I used “nice” in this review*
I am interested in reading the next novel in this series, which focus on Sam’s younger sister and her romance with the father of her 8 y.o. daughter. This book gave clues enough for me to be interested and I really liked Ali as a character. I also want to see how Meghan and Sam are moving forward.
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New Adult, I think is still an area I am not ready to fully step into. Especially in terms of contemporaries. The feel that these contemporaries give me is not one I enjoy, and I don’t get a great thrill out of them the way I do about YA novels.
I get that. I do identify more about the situations of life. But ya contemporaries have more Angst, lol, and sometimes deeper themes.