That’s me––Tingly Simmons––athlete, foreign-language major, professor lover, obsessed idiot girl. Definitely not a frat rat or sorority slut. I’ve never even played beer pong.
I ditched the vapid, soulless high-society life of Los Angeles for the promise of something more meaningful in rural Ohio. Accepting a track scholarship for college, I tried running my way to happiness, but instead I ended up sleeping with my French professor and falling head over heels for him.
When that relationship fell apart, so did I.
Barely hanging on by a thread and using the most absurd coping skills, I was determined to hide behind my past indiscretions. That was, until I met Tiberius Jones. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d learn the truth about love from a six-foot-five basketball player.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
A broken heart and spirit has left the life of Tingly Simmons in shambles. Determined to move forward and concentrate on running track and finishing college, she runs into Tiberius Jones. A basketball player that would truly show her all about love and all that it entails. Tingly soon learns the heart of Tiberius. Despite his past and what he has been through, he loves harder than anyone she’s ever known. Her destructive behavior does not faze him. He sees through her. The person she tries to bury inside. His heart recognizes his own heartbeat within hers.
“Feel that, Rex? That’s my heart beating for you.”
I think the best part of the story was watching Tingly and Tiberius fall for each other. While their connection was instant, their love story was not. Tingly always felt judged by her past. Tiberius never cared if she had one. He only saw her. But just like her past, Tingly ran every time Tiberius got close. Every single time. I do not want to go into too many details, but I found their story to be refreshing as it was not the usual cookie cutter romance. They have differences. They have pasts. But their feelings for each other never waver. In fact, it grows stronger. Despite the circumstances.
“If you’re gonna run, run to me, your future, to being happy.”
I really think that more books like Vérité are needed as the book world simply needs more diverse books. And I don’t mean diverse in just backgrounds. But books of heroes and heroines with different abilities, talents, etc are needed in the literary world. I applaud the author for contributing her words to this void. With that being said, why a 3.5? I had several issues with the story. While I thought it was a well written NA contemporary, it fell short for me in the sense that there were many stereotypes embedded in the story. Every single stereotype of interracial romance you could think of was in Vérité. I would’ve liked to seen the author push things further, however like I said I do commend her for writing this story and putting these words out into the world. If you want to read a unique story of the power of love , acceptance, and the importance of self-worth, then I suggest giving Vérité a try.
“Tiberius saw through all the bullshit and made me feel worthy, and that alone set my soul ablaze.”
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation. She currently shares her reading recommendations on HEA at USA Today.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.
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