My name is Tierra Owens, and I like to kiss. A lot. It numbs the hollow ache in my chest and—for a few minutes—makes me forget how truly alone I am. My mother is an alcoholic. She hates me and insists I’m the reason she’s not married to my father, whom I have never met. My best friend, Kaylee, is the only person who knows the real me. Everyone else sees what I want them to: a happy, confident, popular girl who has the world at her feet.
I am a fraud.
Relationships are forbidden. I avoid them at all costs. Sex? Emotions? Those things make a person vulnerable, and vulnerability always leads to heartbreak. When my childhood crush, Mattie shows up at school my world tumbles off its axis. The shell I surround myself with feels more like a pathetic crutch than a protective barrier, and I find myself wanting things. Daydreaming about what it would be like to have a boyfriend, a relationship—love.
The sad fact is: I’ll never have any of those things. I am unworthy—trash. Which is why my mom abandoned me.
Now for the review and giveaway!
Wow! The chemistry between Mattie and Tierra was explosive. Seriously explosive. In fact, I think it was the most well done part of the book.
One thing I liked was Tierra’s sense. Even though Mattie’s introduction was fairly sudden, it didn’t feel too much like an insta-love. I liked that she was able to separate her thoughts from her feelings, but sometimes chose to ignore the voice of reason, in favor of emotional indulgence.
I also felt for Tierra, and her terrible relationship with her mother. I admired her strength and willpower and over all she did pretty much what I would do.
(Lie low, until absolutely necessary.) She had a no nonsense, no tears approach, although sometimes she couldn’t hold the tears back.
There were only a few things keeping me on the edge. One, the beginning seemed to drag on a bit. Lots of repetitive though processes, which I felt most could have been minimized or cut. As a result, the ending felt a little rushed and too convenient.
The HEA at the end was cute, but in comparison to the rest of the novel, I did feel it was a tad off balance.
I liked Mattie’s secret, even though I figured it out immediately. I wish the other characters had been fleshed out more. I liked them, and they had good personalities, but I felt like it could have been so much deeper.
I think that’s how I felt about the whole novel. Good, but could have used more depth. I felt it skimmed the surface of a lot of potential topics and subplots for conflict. I’m not sure if I feel that way because of the book itself, or if it just seemed that way because the beginning was slowish.
But it didn’t change that I found the book enjoyable, and pleasant to read. I would recommend it to fans of physical chemistry, and those looking for a quick, easy, HEA (Happily Ever After) read.
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