Here I go again reading Book 2 in a series instead of starting from the beginning like most normal folks. However, don’t blame me this time…I got this as an ARC and didn’t know. This is book 2 in Rebecca Paul’s Sutton College series. I feel like it can be a standalone but it may help to start with book 1 as other characters are introduced and a “history” is apparent.
Review: Well. Um. Okay, I don’t really know where to start with this one. I enjoyed the book enough but it was just Meh for me.
Reagan was probably the reason I hung in with this book for so long. Although some things didn’t make sense to me, like the fact that she snuck in to meetings on Tuesdays to get free sandwiches, she was still a strong character. Her mother died and it was just her and her sister until her sister left one night forcing her into the foster system. It’s amazing that she made it as far as she did in college. She was very closed off but life dealt her a shyt hand and I am glad she didn’t give up or give in. One thing that I couldn’t get on board with was how she managed certain “luxuries” including searching for her sister. Her love for Noah was slow growing and complicated by so much, yet so simple and so them. At first I didn’t know if I was going to like them together but in the end they just felt right.
Noah was a bit more difficult for me to swallow. His past, once revealed I totally got and actually enjoyed. Everything leading up to that revelation was off for me. He didn’t fit in with the frat-boy image I was used to in college romances and that was fine. His secret love for Reagan was great, all angsty and stuff. His secret identity and how he was able to pull it off wasn’t believable in the least; especially with the classes he was failing.
The story got really good, for me, once Reagan and Noah got to Montana. Here is where their love shines and the story comes completely together. I can only give this 3 stars because it was really slow for me..
Synopsis: 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.
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Rebecca Paula Bio: Rebecca writes smart, emotional New Adult and historical romances featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world, from Paris to Portland. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Grey tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.
She is the author of EVERLY AFTER, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, and the upcoming releases ETIQUETTE WITH THE DEVIL, A PROPER SCANDAL, and ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW.
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