A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
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. (Mature Young Adult) (Summary by Goodreads.com)
From the first chapter of this book, it is complete nonstop action and a roller coaster of emotions!
Jacqueline believes she has made the worst mistake of her life. Instead of following her own dreams, she allowed herself to be swept along the dreams of her boyfriend. Now stuck at a college majoring in teaching music instead of playing music, she isn't sure things can get any worse. But then of course they do. The car scene with Buck had me holding my breathe. I prayed that someone heard her call for help. I was never happier to read about Lucas. :)
While Jacqueline attempts to work through her demons and seduce Lucas at the same time, she comes to realize that Lucas has demons of his own. Demons that he has never shared with any other girl, and demons that he refuses to still share with her.
The romance scenes were done very well. I was glad they weren't overly detailed but at the same time they didn't gloss over the entire scene and leave everything to our imagination. This is a mature young adult book to be sure. If you are easily offended by drinking or sexual activity, this book may not be for you.
I would recommend this book in a heartbeat! I was cheering by the end and so happy with the way that it ended! The growth from both main characters was very inspiring!
Rating: 5 Stars!