Sometimes life isn't pretty, but you have to close your eyes and let go...
Maddie Martin's first weekend at college is nothing like she's used to. It's wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a fraternity party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she's loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents.
Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle's face.
Until it doesn't.
Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Winter Gala. Doing so means she'll be assured another full ride scholarship. It's an opportunity she can't pass up.
But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing.
Weeks of seclusion - just the two of them. And it's more than just music. It's passion like Maddie never believed was possible.
The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again.
But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?
And maybe it's all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
At a young age, Maddie found her murdered parent’s bodies after seeing who the murdered was. It was the father of her best friend/first boyfriend. Her and Kyle had promised all of their firsts to one another, and until the murder, it seemed like it would all come true. Murder changes everything. Maddie moved in with her aunt and uncle and never spoke with Kyle again…until she bumps into him in college. The chemistry is immediate and it is abundantly clear that what they have is much more than either of them thought.
The two main characters were not at all what I assumed they would be. Despite the horrible death of her parents, Maddie grew up to be innocent. She is not the hardened, unemotional young lady one would expect. Kyle is a player with lots of friends and even more girlfriends. But, it was clear early on that what you see on the outside is not what you is on the inside.
The relationship between Maddie and Kyle made me feel young again. It made me long for the butterflies in my stomach that Maddie got every time she saw Kyle. I loved the message of forgiveness and the lessons of living your life so that you can be happy. The ending was a surprise but definitely worth reading. I rated this book a five stars!
Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book for review!