Summary from Goodreads: Claire Nixon is a twenty-year-old college dropout with a secret.
To Claire, Adam Parker is just another flirty customer at the cafe, until a chance encounter and seemingly innocent comment spurs a bet between them. The bet is simple: If Adam can get Claire to reveal the secret that made her drop out of college, she has to re-enroll. If he doesn’t succeed, she gets to keep her secret and he has to stop stalking her at the cafe.
Claire thinks she has this one in the bag. She’s perfected the art of forgetting her past. But she isn’t prepared for Adam’s relentless pursuit or for him to share his own secrets. And she’s definitely not prepared for her rock star ex, and her secret, to come banging down her door one year later.
New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language, drug use, and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
The book started off really well, I instantly fell in love with the innovative plot and concept. The characters are an absolute delight to know and the writing is flawless.
Here’s a glimpse of the writing.
“The relentless pull of love is a thousand times harder to fight than the tides. If you’re lucky, you’ll make it out before you drown. If you’re even luckier, you’re pulled under just long enough to wash away the sorrow. If you’re really lucky, like me, you resurface just in time to find the one you love floating right beside you.”
“That time of day when the sun hasn’t come up yet, but you can already feel it coming. It’s an elusive warmth, like a subtle promise whispered in your ear and you can go on with your day knowing you’ve been given another chance to get it right.”
“With every choice you risk the life you could have had. With every decision you lose it.”
“I want to leave you dazed and confused for a week with nothing but my name on your lips.”
I loved the friendly banter between the characters, so college-y and fun. And the chemistry between the characters is not sizzling but of a more intimate and relaxed nature which is so refreshing.
Yes, once again the ‘you find my secret, I will undo yours’ -cliche’d new adult plot is there but it has more to it, of which I’m glad.
Claire and Adam look made for each other until steps in Chris and although he is supposed to be the anti-hero, I’m all for him. *swoon*
And yes, the secret, once it surfaces, is huge and it is what makes this book pave a way for more in the series.
Despite the over-used new adult concept, I felt this book was different in its treatment and writing style. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I’m just in time because the sequel is now available.