A single secret changes everything.
With no college ambition—or desire to care—Luke Hannon’s ready to bail on school before senior year even begins. But when he spots the hot new girl reading an upside down map, he changes his mind.
Hailey Saldino desperately wants to start fresh at a school where she's free of the snide remarks and hurtful stares. A place where no one knows her past…or her son, Brady.
Luke wants a no strings attached, physical relationship, until Hailey becomes more than a cute girl in a skirt. Usually his bad boy reputation hooks the ladies but it won't be enough to land a girl like Hailey. Needing a lasting approach, Luke decides to be honest. No lies. No BS. As the connection between them deepens, Luke shares all his shameful secrets.
Afraid to lose one of the few people who’s ever looked at her as something other than a slut, Hailey buries herself in compounding lies. And when Hailey's purposeful deceit blindsides Luke, he must decide if he'll walk away, or accept Hailey and the little man she already loves.
I was provided with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Breath of fresh air.
I don't think I've read a book like this before. If I did, it was probably a long time ago. Reading this made me heave a happy sigh. It has the right amount of cuteness and seriousness. :)
Drifting - this is how I would describe Luke's life. He doesn't have plans, he just drifts from one point to another which is really too bad because he's such a good boy. Minus the girls and the teenage partying, Luke is kind of perfect. He has a good heart and he thinks a lot about other people. To me, his only main fault is that he doesn't live his life with "MORE" than he thinks he deserves. Oh well, the story unravels and solves that little fault in a very good way. :)
Hiding - yeah, that's Hailey. She's a good girl. She studies and she works. She wants everything that life has to offer, however.. in her own words, she's not normal. She doesn't have a deformity or something. She just experienced something that girls her age rarely experience. She hides this and it engulfs her, stresses her to the point of tying herself up in knots. Balancing all of her responsibilities has never been easy. As she always says, things can be so much worse. In this book, you'll see just how much her character will grow. I love her fighting spirit.
I like how their relationship gradually came to be. It's not too fast. The dilemma that they faced is bearable because they both could be oh so sweet.
They're both young and still have a lot of things to learn, so I'm also glad for their adult support. It's cool how both of their parents try to make the best out of their situation. I like their advices and I like their relationships.
All in all. This is a really good book about facing responsibilities and living your life to the fullest being the best of what you can be. A real treat for young adults!
4 fairy wings!
Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.