I liked it. Quite a bit. But no matter how much the banter sparked and the chemistry sizzled, there was something keeping me a little bit disconnected. I think it was the source of conflict (groupies and trust issues) that just rubbed me the wrong way. Because the rest of it is very well written, very entertaining, and deeper than it appears on the surface. Madden-Mills is an excellent author and I always look forward to her books, so I wasn’t surprised by just how much this hero grew on me. He wasn’t my favorite at the start, but Dillon definitely won me over by the end. And Serena makes the perfect complement to round out this solid college romance.
The story follows Dillon, a college quarterback who may or may not have met the woman of his dreams at a bonfire his freshman year. They shared a moment and one smoking hot kiss, but his mystery girl got away and he’s been thinking of her ever since. When Serena and Dillon run into each other three years later, well, things don’t exactly go as planned. Dillon has spent three years building the whole thing up in his head, while Serena… hasn’t. There’s still an undeniable connection between them, but Dillon’s got an uphill battle ahead of him if he wants to win over his mystery girl.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read anything from this series, but I knew I was in for a light, sexy read and that’s exactly what this is. It’s got heart and some tension but never gets too heavy, despite the fact that it does deal with some serious issues. I LOVED all of the banter, the easy conversation, and the obvious chemistry between these two. I’ll openly admit that Dillon took awhile to win me over. He’s a bit of a tool at the start, and definitely comes off as a womanizer, but there’s a lot more to him and by the end, I was rooting for him. While a lot of this book is 5-star worthy, there’s just something holding me back from that rating. I’m not big on OW/OM drama or excessive trust issues, and those both play a major role in the story. Though nothing extreme happens, I wish less of the focus had been on that. That’s just personal preference, so I’m sure a lot of people are going to love this one. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy via Social Butterfly PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this college romance.
Dillon McQueen: Babe. I promise. You want me.
Serena Jensen: Um, who are you?
There’s a legend at Waylon University: the first girl you kiss freshman year at the bonfire party is the one you’ll never forget. She’ll crawl under your skin and never leave. She’ll spark a passion so fierce you’ll burn the world down to possess her.
You might even put a ring on it.
As in all things with fate, timing is everything. That kiss can go horribly wrong. She might run in the opposite direction. And boy, did Serena run.
Dillon is Waylon’s hotshot quarterback with something to prove. All he wants is to graduate and make it to the NFL. What he doesn’t need is to finally meet the mystery girl he kissed at the bonfire freshman year. Isn’t it enough that she’s haunted his dreams for more than a thousand nights?
Fate laughs in his face when he runs into the quirky girl at the Piggly Wiggly. Surrounded by his entourage, he’s got all the Oreos in his cart; she gets revenge by buying every six-pack of his favorite beer.
Obviously, that legend is a curse. She’s not his type and hates him. Worst of all, how can she not remember him when she left a Serena-shaped hole in his heart for the past three years?
So why can’t he stop trying to win her?
Will this quarterback score the girl or make the biggest fumble of his life?
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About the Author:
Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies.
Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4.
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.
She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.
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