Series: Blurred Lines #1
Genres: Best Friends, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances
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The guy she wants…
Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.
Isn’t the guy she needs…
Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves.
But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…
And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?
I absolutely adore second chance books, so I was pretty excited about this book because its a second chance at your first love, and I think its a concept everyone can understand: the one who got away. Also I thought the prologue was really strong, it was a great opening to the book and made you want to know what had happened. Gotta love a strong start to a book.
I honestly felt like the first half of the book was really strong. Cat is in college and has really created the perfect future for herself, basically not acknowledging anything from her past at all. Which of course means no one knows anything about her before she got to college. So at Homecoming when her boyfriend, who is everything one paper that she could possibly want, proposes it’s a no brainer. Except second after she says yes, she sees the guy who got away, the guy who she had no idea what had happened to. It definitely through some heavy wrinkles in her plans.
Cat’s fiance, Ethan, was so not my favorite. He’s not a bad guy, really he isn’t. There is never any cheating or really any real love triangle between Cat/Ethan/Heath. But even so I didn’t like him. What kind of guy proposes to a woman who has never volunteered literally any information about her past? Plus he does that really skeezy guy move by looking through his girlfriends phone when she’s sleeping. It’s clear from the beginning that Ethan doesn’t trust Cat at all, like the moment there is a crack in her perfect shell, he just loses it.
Cat’s character was actually pretty relatable I think. She had a hard childhood growing up, a mother with serious issues, an army of foster brothers and sisters, and a dad who loved her but has since past away. Oh and did I mention she’s got a brother who is a total dirt bag? It’s no wonder she doesn’t want anyone to know about her past, she doesn’t want to be pitied or judged. I didn’t like how willing she was to go along with Ethan’s (in my opinion) unreasonable demands. I also didn’t like how easy it was for Cat to let other people just under her skin and plant seeds of doubt. But that being said, I did want her to get back with Heath and make things work, they had a past that couldn’t be denied.
Heath, is a hot guy with a heavy past. First a foster child and then a man who has been to war. My biggest complaint with Heath was actually how easy it was for him to believe the worst about Cat when they were kids, and how quick he was to stop fighting for her even when he said he would never stop fighting for her. This dude has serious trust issues and a serious problem with communication. I do like the whole brooding man thing, and that he came back to find his first love.
I thought the book was pretty okay, it was a quick read, and some enjoyable steamy scenes. So much of the book is based on miscommunication that sometimes I just wanted to shake the people involved. But overall, I think it’s an enjoyable new adult book, and a good second chances book.