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Published by Atria Books
“Life has a funny way of creating it’s own tests. It throws curve balls that make you do and think and feel things that are in direct conflict with what you had planned and don’t allow you to operate in terms of black and white.”
“Make me proud” That was her father’s last words to her. Livie spends years developing a plan to do just that. She goes to Princeton with her plan firmly in place. She will go to med school and make her father proud. Thank goodness fate had other plans. Two words, people: Toga Party.
We are immediately introduced to the arrogant and deliciously naughty Ashton as he parties his way into Livie’s heart on her first night of school quickly followed by one of the best written morning after moments EVER…
“You walked up and practically ripped my toga off as you pulled me down, shouting, “Kiss me, I’m Irish!”
Enter good guy: Connor is sweet. Connor is good. Connor is consist and predictable. Connor, my friends, is not being described as “deliciously” anything.
Have we seen this plot before? Sure. But the beauty in this story comes through the writing, the development of Livie and her fabulous support system of friends and family. She starts with a plan, but she grows resolve, strength and courage as the story moves along.
I am not a huge fan of love triangles and I was hesitant to read this book because of that, but this was well written and I found myself empathizing with Livie’s situation throughout the book. There were times I was not thrilled with her choices, but I powered through and loved the story in the end. I do like that it isn’t an instant love kind of romance. I found their love to be a lot more realistic because of this and the love triangle situation was not as offensive.
Can we talk about Ashton now? PLEASE? The man was superswoontastic! So he was already captain of the men’s rowing team, HOT, smart and covered in ink, and oh so delicious, but he had his own issues to deal with and the angsty thing was working for him. Ugh, what is with damaged guys being hot? He wasn’t your obvious damaged guy, but it was under the surface and begging to come out. He avoided Livie, but it was obvious that he had feelings for her. Swoon, swoon, swoon. And let’s through in a dash of swag for good measure. That’s our Aston.
“Because you’re not a one-night girl, Irish.’ Leaning in to place a kiss on my jawline, he whispers, ‘You’re my forever girl.”
I loved this story and was thrilled to have a lot of the characters from the first book return in this one. This was a beautiful story filled with thoughtfulness and humor. The epilogue was so sweet and gave me a great sense of closure for this part of the story. I cannot wait to read the next book.
I give this book 4 Stars and pair with some Jell-O Shots!
This book was generously given in exchange for an honest review.