By: Denise Grover Swank
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Series: Off the Subject
Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.
Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety disorder and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.
After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him. Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.
But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?
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This was definitely a quick and interesting read. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it and I didn’t want to stop until I finished reading the book. It had a lot of anxiety ridden angst and many and I mean many trust issues. These two characters are full of nothing but issues but each time a new layer is peeled off it just surprises me more and more. I just hope the whole truth will come out in time before it’s just too late to be able to turn back.We meet Scarlett who is a Math major in college and quite the smart girl wanting to go work for the CIA when she finishes school, then there is Tucker who is an all-star soccer player and low and behold is on academic probation and is in need of help with his Algebra. They run into each other in another class and there seems to be a quick connection. He wants her to tutor him and only her because he feels that he can completely trust her. This of course goes against all her better judgment but there is something about him that she feels connected to and feels the need and the pull of having to work with him even if she doesn't think she should because of his reputation.
Throughout their tutoring and random meetings, Scarlett is in shock that he even wants to be with her, after all he’s got the reputation of a very well-known player and that’s just not how she sees him at all. It’s the complete opposite. She sees his tender side, the thoughtful, nice guy. Not the one who wants to wham bam thank you ma’am at all, even if she had her reservations for a little while. It's even harder when so many people are against them being together at all as well, but they work on it as much as they can.
They are both broken people and it makes them come together even stronger. Throughout the book you learn little things here and there about the two characters but you can’t help but want to know the whole story. Sure it makes for great reading, like mini cliff hangers where a character just runs off for days and you have no idea why. Their relationship is both great for each other but complicated at the same time. Because even though there is trust, it's not given completely, only in bits and pieces. Overall this was a great read. I really like the cover because it shows the main character finally letting go and living life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She’s a gypsy who can’t live in one place too long or stay in one genre. She writes contemporary romance, urban fantasies without vampires and werewolves, young adult science fiction, and romantic comedy mysteries set in the south. Denise has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading, or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.
You can find her at:
Her website: www.denisegroversank.comOn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeniseGroverSwank and https://www.facebook.com/deniseswank
And Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DeniseMSwank
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