Author: Jennifer Armentrout Published: February 4, 2014 Pages: 365
Stars: 2 out of 5
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.
Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.
As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…
This book discusses the reality and the aftermath of victims of domestic abuse. The author identifies the misconception of those victims being weak. The plot of this book also suggests the possibility that everything happens for a reason, although it may not seem like a positive thing at the time.
Teresa is a freshman at college only because she hurt her knee and is unable to dance. If it heals properly, after a semester she can leave and continue her career. From the first book in this series we know Teresa was once a victim of domestic violence. She isn’t a strong character in the sense of knowing her self worth, expecting/demanding more than what’s par, and not turning into a pile of mush when she is around a guy she likes. These characteristics frustrate me about her and have me rolling my eyes throughout the book. Although it’s sweet how naive she is, it’s also at times stomach rolling nauseous. How many times is she going to throw herself at Jase before it is just embarrassing.
Jase on the other hand is a cruel tease when it comes to Teresa- at least in the beginning. After making her feel like there kiss a year ago was a mistake, he comes over drunk at 1:30 am to apologize. Of course that’s not all that happens because what college guy goes over to a girls place at 1:30 in the morning to just talk and apologize. Although things stayed pg, he proclaimed they will be friends. With this said, he constantly finds ways to touch her, whisper to her when there’s no need, and pretty much send cross messages about there “friendship”. And then he does the cruelest thing yet- kiss/grope her and then start the entire proses over again with how it’s not her, it’s him, he regrets this, yada yada blah! Jase is to hung up in the past and not really that great of a catch if you ask me.
I couldn’t help but feel frustrated with this book. Both characters really irritated me. Teresa walks in on Jase with a girl who is half naked and what does she do, give him oral sex when he catches up with her on the road. The book was predictable and Teresa looked dumb with how slow it took her to figure things out. There was a lot of unnecessary drama in the book. I just really wasn’t a fan.