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.
Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, well… I read it and finished it before she even got a chance to start it, but our goal was to read it together. Either way, go check out her blog in the next few days for her take on this one.
I have to admit that I was a bit scared before I started reading this one, because I somewhat afraid that Van would use Kylah, even if it wasn’t his intention. I’m glad it didn’t go anything like that! That was a nice surprise.
I found the writing good, witty, funny and oh so entertaining. This was my first book by Sierra Hill, so I’m so glad that I enjoyed the writing. The book is told in dual POV, and I found both voices very different.
While I did like both main characters, I didn’t LOVE them. Kylah was fun to read! The things that went through this girl’s head were hilarious. But I thought that her age came across very easily, and her inexperience and obsessive thoughts were sometimes too much. I wasn’t very impressed by the fact that her mind was on Van 24/7.
Van… well, he was a super nice guy, and I really liked that even though he was in a long distance relationship for 4 years, he never once even thought about cheating on his girlfriend, even when he was attracted to other girls, a.k.a., Kylah. But you know when something’s missing?! Yeah, that’s how I felt about these characters… they were great, but something was definitly missing.
I liked the romance, even though I thought it went too fast. True, they had become friends, and liked each other and all, but I’m not sure that the moment they got together was ideal. Still, I was happy that they both faced their shortcomings and talked things through.
I had a slight problem with a certain sex scene, and I wish it had been done differently. It seemed to me that Kylah was more often than not afraid to have real talks with Van, and it bothered me, because this was the guy she was in love with, you know?
Still, it was a sweet and fast paced new-adult romance book, and I do recommend it. It made me curious to read more from this author, including the rest of the books in this series.