I can’t say that I loved it, unfortunately. I read a lot of new adult romance, and it always goes one of two ways: it’s either great, or the characters come across as so childish that I just can’t handle it. This is the second one. Our heroine spends two years blaming a former friend for her boyfriend’s death – without even having a single conversation with him. When a conflict can be cleared up in five minutes, it becomes frustrating to the point of no return. This one is all about the tension, the “hate,” and the romance itself feels very rushed because of it. So while I think the author is talented and there were moments that were filled with potential… this really just didn’t work for me.
The story follows Jade, a college freshman just starting school at the same place as her nemesis. Jade and Hunter were close friends until Hunter stopped Jade from giving her v-card to her high school boyfriend… who took his own life later that night. Grief-stricken, Jade blames Hunter for the loss of her boyfriend, so she’s set out to make him feel the same pain as her. As the two speak to each other for the first time in two years, they have to finally come to terms with what happened… as well as the deeper feelings between them.
I was looking forward to this one, and unfortunately it just didn’t live up to my expectations. While I liked Hunter, Jade acts like a child from start to finish. First with her misplaced anger, then with her naivety. I got whiplash from her mood swings, and never felt the connection. This needed to chill on the angst for a minute and show me a reason why these two SHOULD be together. It’s all push/pull and bickering, with a few forced kisses thrown in. And, yeah, those were incredibly problematic for me too. It’s insta-hate to insta-love, with not much in between. If you’re in it for the academy series, this does set it up nicely – complete with a huge cast of characters who felt a little too close for comfort – but it wasn’t the story I was looking for.
From USA Today Bestselling author Michelle Heard comes a new HOT friends to enemies to lovers standalone.
Everything changed the night my boyfriend died.
What should’ve been the most special moment of my life turned into a nightmare. Because of Hunter Chargill, I lost the love of my life. I’ll never forgive him.
Hunter used to be one of my best friends, but it turns out he’s nothing more than an arrogant a-hole determined to make my life a living hell.
But he should’ve known you can’t break something that’s already broken.
I manage to avoid him until my freshman year at Trinity Academy. Our cruel words and intimidating touches quickly spark a flame, and instead of us going down in a blaze of hatred, desire sizzles to life.
I know I’m in trouble when I start enjoying our fights. Instead of wanting to punch him, I find myself wondering what his lips would feel like on mine.
A stupid game. One kiss. And my perfectly constructed walls come crashing down around me.
I should feel guilty and make Hunter pay for what he’s done.
But sometimes a tormentor becomes a protector.
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