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Saturday, February 7, 2015


published on March 12th 2013
251 pages


Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.

Before she agreed to tutor Tucker Price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.

After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.

But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?

NOTE: This review was posted on Goodreads on December 30, 2014.

Oh! The drama this book has will make your head turn, but it will also make your heart feel all fluttery!

So glad I read this before my year ends!

Tucker and Scarlett's story is not the kind that has hearts and flowers, but it sure felt like that.

This is another book with an academic woman and a sporty man as the main characters. It's good, but it's not as light as the ones that I have read before and believe me, I am a big sucker for nerd/geek books which means I've read lots.

Maybe that's why this story became refreshing to me.

It started out light and kind of mysterious with a hint of fun on the side. The characters didn't do the love at first sight thingy that most readers don't like seeing. This is a slow build up and it gets better because you'll relish their interaction as friends. It's nice to read about. When the drama starts unfolding, it made me stop and think. I remember asking myself, do I want to continue because it sounded so deep.

I didn't want to hate the characters, so I was willing to just let it go... but the curiosity got the best of me.

I held on for the ride that is Tucker's and Scarlett's relationship. Okay so maybe I also held on because I didn't want to be a coward and not face the characters' problems. Haha!

Anyway, my holding on is all worth it because I read how the characters resolved their issues. It's imperfect, it's gritty, but it gets to you. It sure got to me.

This is a story about being true to what you really want, finding, realizing and grabbing on to what you truly deserve along the way.

It's good, I tell ya. It's imperfect, but it's good.

P.S. There are a lot of awwwwww-gosh moments here. Just saying. :)

4 fairy wings!!

as seen on her Amazon page

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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