I want to start off by saying something that probably won’t mean anything to you ladies in the book world. But THIS means something to me. When I first read the synopsis of this book I had no inkling that College football or sports journalism would play a part in it. And trust me when I say that it doesn’t consume the story. Like AT ALL. BUT….I now have a hugely different respect for the Author, Miss Erin Noelle than I did before. We get to see “jocks” and billionaires, and Country Rock Stars, and Motorcycle Club guys. But it is very seldom that we get to meet a badass chick who ACTUALLY knows her crap about sports. Not because Daddy instilled it into her brain, but because she has the pure unbridled passion of knowing about it. Because her desire for her passion overrides the cliché of “Girls liking sports”. Ok. I’m done, hahaha. Just had to get that out.
If you couldn’t tell already, I was in love with Bristol from the start. She has been through a horrific event when she was only 7 years old and she’s just looking for a way to get past that. So she decides to go on this adventure to St. Lucia to meet the wonderful people that have helped her along the way for the past three years. She has an online support group, and they have all chosen to meet at this place for an awakening of sorts. A sort of “healing” ranch in a tropical landscape.
Davis…………. Oh Davis. This man is angry and passive-aggressive and hurt, and broody, and SEXY, and EVERYTHING. He just hates life. And he’s also at this place which he has no desire to be. His story is different than Bristol’s. All of the co-inhabitants stories are different. But they have one thing in common. Loss. And it’s obviously a great human-hating loss that nobody can understand. And to be honest I’ve never felt loss this close to me personally so I had to really immerse myself into this story the best I could. And it was hard for me. As a reader I found myself pulling back as if I was the hurt one. I guess that makes it pretty freaking great because I was emotionally invested at this point.
I’m going to be honest. The first 60% of the book dragged a little for me. I’m not sure why. I really fell in love with both Davis and Bristol, but maybe I just wasn’t getting all of the extra side stuff going on. And that might be my own personal preferences. When I fall into place with the MC’s I tend to be a bitch about side characters. I just want THEM ONLY! But trust me, the side characters did not in any way take away from the story. In fact, towards the end they enhanced it. I’m just a finicky girl I guess.
I can tell you this. The final 40% of this book just about stole my heart and made me rethink my very own thoughts. Bristol and Davis are so unique and REAL. I really did end up loving this story. I actually liked it more as I was done reading it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great new adult read. I would actually recommend it to anyone in the adult romance genre. It’s a really cool book, with great writing. And the Author has some pretty smart wit thrown in there too.