By: Stina Lindenblatt
Release Date: January 20, 2014
Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.
She shouldn't be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn't be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn't be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.
But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she'll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she'd never be able to again.
When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her—and Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.
About the Author:
Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother of three adorable kids, and devoted wife. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada.
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This was a very attention grabbing kind of book. I cannot even begin to fathom the experiences these characters went through individually at all. The author did a remarkable job on bringing these two dark stories together and bringing two people a little bit of happiness in their lives together, because as you read this you will see how much they both deserve it.
We meet Amber as she’s off to college alone and trying to deal with something so tragic that happened in her pass, along with the loss of her brother and boyfriend. She’s about to get a tattoo which in itself is out of the ordinary for her but she has to do it to remember the things she’s lost in her life recently. This is when we first meet Marcus, who is always getting females attention but for some reason Amber doesn’t give him the time of day. This of course to any guy bruises his ego which also makes him more interested in her. You always want what you can’t have right?
Needless to say they run into each other over and over again and eventually they become friends as he starts to tutor her in Math. But as their paths cross so does their past and the images that are constantly haunting them. Knowing they are both broken they are able to help each other out in different ways, but together they are better people. Even their friends see how much they are good together and how miserable they are when they are fighting with one another. This is a sweet and shocking story about two people who need each other.
It’s a definite must read, especially to find out what exactly happens in their past and how they have dealt with it, will give ideas on what not to do but then again hopefully you will never but put in that position. There were a few shocking moments that even I wasn’t expecting and that always makes me like a book more when I can actually be surprised. There are some relationships in the book that I feel could have been a little more developed, like the mother and the best friend, but you can’t cram everything into the book sometimes you have to come to your own conclusions.
Overall the plot of this book was fantastic and yeah I’ve seen and read a lot of books about “broken” people and them finding each other but I have to say none have experienced what these two have. The setting was great; the beginning of college when your life is supposed to change completely and it sure does, hopefully for the better where you make lifelong friends. The writing was great and kept me thinking about the book even when I didn’t have it in my hands and that’s always a plus. The cover was okay nothing spectacular but still good, not really how I pictured the characters in my head. I give it a good 4 out of 5.
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