Series: Sutton College #2
Genres: Alpha Guy, College, Contemporary Romance, Dark, Love to Hate, New Adult, Romance, Tattoos
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Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she's frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what's next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been.
Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he's lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family's ranch in Montana.
And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious...until the past starts ripping apart their future.
To be one hundred percent honest, I was in way shape or form prepared for this book. I don’t know why but I went in thinking, oh this is a college romance, this should be a fun hate to love situation with a side of forbidden romance, but man oh man, this book was so much more than that. This book was truly heartbreaking in more than one spot, I found myself hoping that either one of the characters would just catch a break, I mean a little ray of sunshine could go a long way for one or both of them. So while I wasn’t completely prepared for the way this book book just pulled at my emotions (and wrecked me in parts), it was a good emotional read for me, I really did like this book.
So when the book starts you meet Reagan and Noah, Reagan is a senior and Noah is a junior in college. Noah has had a thing for Reagan from the first time he looked at her, but she is soooo off limits to him, after all Reagan is the ex-girlfriend of Noah’s best friend. Honestly for me, it’s kind of like the two of them have always been at the very least attracted to each other, and in an effort to keep from acting on it, they just pick at each other. They have kind of this great hateful banter between the two of them and it just kind of works. For Reagan you can tell it is more than just not acting on it though, it’s about not letting herself get close to people, because for her, people always leave.
I loved the dynamic between these two characters, in the beginning when it was snarky and almost funny, and the middle when they were learning to really open up to each other for real, and then when they were dealing with the challenges of life. The way they talked and interacted was so unique to just them, and I loved that about them. These two had a connection that was so each to enjoy, they heat up the page, but it was more than just that, the chemistry they had was physical, they were like each others missing pieces, only they didn’t or weren’t ready to acknowledge it.
There is a lot to say about these two, they have some of the most tragic of circumstances, each in their own heartbreaking way. I could go on and on forever about how much their pasts (and honestly their pasts REALLY leak into their present in this book) are heartbreaking, but I think its best if you read about it as each character reveals their past to each other, it just works. This book put me through the emotional ringer, but in such a good way. If you want a book to wreck you in the best way possible then this is without a doubt a new adult book you should check out.