There’s something about this author’s writing that is just so completely devourable – I ALWAYS read her books in one sitting. This was another bingeable romance, and though I did NOT love every moment of it, I was 100% hooked the whole way through. I read this at an alarming rate, and I may have wanted to slap the hero a time or two, but I still loved him. College romances can be tricky for me (I have a touch of PTSD from too many terrible ones), but I have a level of trust with this author’s work now. I know going in that she’s probably going to toy with my emotions without crossing TOO many lines, and that’s definitely the case here. Without that trust, I’m not sure how I would’ve felt about this one. But the frustration that I felt towards the characters adds an intensity to this that kept my eyes glued to the page.
The story follows Shay, a college student who always feels like a bit of a loner. She’s never had a loving or supportive family, and she values her studies over her appearance or social standing. After a less than friendly encounter with a hot jerk, Shay develops a distaste for the guy. But Kason needs help with his schoolwork, and he knows an opportunity when he sees one. Kason has a healthy ego and a level of self-absorption that doesn’t allow him to see the wrongness of his actions as he blackmails Shay into being his tutor. That changes as Kason gets to know Shay better, and it’s not long before he’s wondering if she’ll ever be able to see past their rocky start.
Kason messes up A LOT in this. So much so that I would’ve dropped my rating had it not been a major part of his character development. He’s supposed to be arrogant and selfish, and his actions are supposed to be wrong. That’s all part of the story. There’s drama and angst along the way as Kason struggles to get his footing, and Shay is the only girl who makes him want to be better. I love a smirking bad boy with a marshmallow heart, and that’s Kason. I couldn’t stay mad at him for long, and he definitely won me over along the way. I did still want to smack him though. Regardless, the opposites attract, bad boy/good girl storyline really worked for me, and the dynamic was interesting to read. There’s a uniqueness and unpredictability to the storyline that makes this incredibly engaging, and I cannot deny that I absolutely devoured it. If you can handle a selfish jerk who isn’t perfect, then this is a very solid read. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this college romance.
I’m what you call a god, a superstar, a winner.
Being a professional snowboarder is my purpose in life.
I know exactly how to get what I want and
I’m good at everything I do.
I’m only at Cranmore University to appease my parents.
But, if I want to graduate, I need to pass physics.
And, since failing is not an option,
Blackmailing a nerd who hates me is my last resort.
I’m what some call a geek, a nerd, a loser.
And I don’t care.
I know who I am.
I know where I come from.
And, I know exactly where I’m going.
That’s why I’m at Cranmore University.
To get my degree and begin my life.
But, that plan gets quickly derailed
Thanks to an unbecoming video
A blackmailing snowboarder
And his ex who’s hell bent on making my life miserable.
They say everyone comes into your life for a reason.
What happens when that person is the opposite of what you want but exactly what you need?
About the Author:
J. Nathan is the author of new adult, sports, and rock star romances with cocky heroes and sassy heroines. When she’s not writing, she’s a crazy soccer and baseball mom as well as a total romance junkie! She loves watermelon margaritas, guys in backward hats, country music, and the summertime.
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