Genres: College, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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 really like Rachel Blaufeld’s writing style, it’s just so easy to fall into the story. I like college romances, makes me remember what it was like living in dorms and using meal cards, ah the memories.
So the book starts out with Tingly, our heroine, who has a bit of a reputation at her college after she had an affair with her French professor. Everything about Tingly life kind of imploded, her spleen burst, she was redshirted from soccer for a year, and everyone was judging her. Oh and did I mention that she has like the worst money-hungry parents ever, who are always trying to steal from her. So its easy to see why Tingly is so set on living under the radar. I can understand her impulse to keep her head down and just get through the year with her grades and dignity in tact. Of course then she meets Ty and everything kind of changes. I really loved Tingly, I love that she went through a hard time, but keep going anyways. It could have been so easy for her to transfer colleges, but she stuck it out where she was. She works hard, and she stands up for herself. She’s also a really good friend, which I love.
So Ty is definitely an interesting hero. He was raised by a single mother, and really respects not just women, but people in general. He’s just such a good guy. Plus he’s really hot, and the description of his eyes, totally awesome. I liked that he was so patient with Tingly, and that he really helped her get back some self-confidence. There’s a lot to love about this guy, but honestly you just have to read the book to really appreciate his awesomeness.
I liked all the secondary characters in this book. One of Tingly’s roommates I really wasn’t expecting to like, or expecting for the two of them to interact the way they did, but I really liked it. I also really loved the guys from Ty’s basketball team. I mean some of them come off as kind of jerks when you first meet them, but as the story goes on, you realize there is just so much more to them and they have interesting backstories and personalities.
One thing I do want to mention is that I loved that it was an interracial romance, but that it wasn’t talked about all the time. What I mean by that is that the book wasn’t about the fact that he was black and she was white, the book was about the characters as people, and how they evolved as a couple. Yes some people brought it up, and it was addressed, but not everything was about it. The thing about Rachel’s books is that they are so character driven, they come from all different backgrounds and professions, but at the end of the day they are all just people and you can’t help but love them all. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who loves new adult romances.