Release Date: February 26, 2013
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself. Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed. But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her? - Goodreads.com
I was looking forward to reading this because I love just about anything written by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and this book was written by her under her J. Lynn pseudonym. Everything I love about the writing in her series' was definitely present in this contemporary. Exciting writing, wonderful sexual tension between the characters that makes their relationship so believable.
The story was really good. It wasn't overly complicated. It was straightforward and enjoyable... like a good contemporary should be. And it carried with it a certain emotional punch and depth to the writing that I'm used to seeing from this author.
I loved, loved, loved Cam. He was perfect, sweet, arrogant, sexy... just a great combination that you love to have in your YA contemporary heroes. He was great. I felt really bad for Avery and her issues, but I loved how sweet, caring, and patient he was in coaxing her out of them. Together, these two were kind of magical, and their growing relationship makes the story. The author definitely knows how to grow a relationship between her characters and make you root for them.
The book was littered with line edit issues, typos and little grammatical errors. Believe me, as an English major, it was difficult for me to overlook, but the story was great enough that I was finally able to turn off my internal editor and just enjoy.
I certainly hope Jennifer decides to write some more straight contemporaries, because this was just what I needed at the time.