Title : Between Everything and Us
Author : Rebecca Paula
Series : Sutton College, #1
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb : Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty. After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.
Review : I must admit this book was a surprise to me. Expecting a nice read I found a deep romance novel. Beau and Matisse each struggle with their own set of problems. And each of them copes in a different way. One thing is for sure both of their ways suck big time – but on the bright side – both of them know it. Things are not always like they appear on the outside. And we learn while some people suffer in silence, others tend to leash out to hide their hurt. I loved the development between Beau and Matisse. There might be voices that think it was to slow but I feel it was just right and suited their characters. The reader has enough time to get to know bot of them. Which is a part that I found often neglected in novels lately. No matter how good steaming hot sex can be, sometimes nothing is sweeter than anticipating the first kiss. I basically only had on slide problem with the plot. I could understand his reasons for not having a relationship in the beginning and once he made up his mind I even fully understood when he was “pissed” because naturally he was “jealous” – what I did not get was why she was always moving forward and backward in her line of thinking. In the beginning it made sense, as he was equally giving the wrong signals at all times. But as the story moved along her wavering attitude really lost its meaning.
Anyway this is a solid 4 Stars read and I am looking forward to the next Releases of that series
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