When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night – but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
“Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart”
THIS BOOK!!! Oh. Em. Gee. My friend Literary Dust recommended it to me and I’m sooo glad she did!!
I will warn you of a rape trigger. I don’t want anyone set off by reading this book. There is an attempted rape scene. It isn’t real graphic, it’s just very scary and intense. The message no means no, is an important one. I was very pleased with the way Tammara Webber handled it.
But this book is so much more than that!! The characters were beautifully written. Jacqueline is the main character and she really grows in this book. She has so much love in her heart, but she has never truly been loved, or treated decently, in her life. Even her parents have a tendency to just take her for granted. She deserves so much more! She finds that in a boy who is fighting his own demons. She longs to be there for him, but she needs to tread lightly.
Lucas is such a complicated character. He’s very troubled. He sits in the back of class sketching Jacqueline, watching her with his transparent grey eyes. Learning about Lucas was one of the best parts of the book to me. I really enjoyed his character and the mystery of wondering about certain things as layers of his life are peeled back.
“Choosing to be with you isn’t a difficult decision, Jacqueline,” he breathed, pulling back one final time to stare into my eyes. “It’s easy. Incredibly easy.”
Another character I’d like to mention is Erin, Jacqueline’s roommate and friend. Erin proves to be a very loyal and true friend to Jacqueline, plus she is hysterical at times and very overconfident!
“How did you know???
I’m Erin. I know all. ;)”
So, as you can tell, I totally LOVED this book!!! I highly recommend it!!! And I plan on moving on to book 2, which is in Lucas’ perspective!!😊