Author: Nicole London
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2015
The act of hating – no, fucking loathing Dean Collins. (Yes, I’m well aware that’s not the actual definition, but it might as well be…)
It’s been ten years since we’ve seen each other and the feelings are still as strong.
I’m not going to bore you with all the details of how our love was once intoxicating, consuming, and perfect.
Because it was . . . until it wasn’t.
I’ve been fine without him. I haven’t missed his cruelty, his coldness and his spite.
And after the ugliest breakup in the history of breakups, I forced myself to move on.
Year by year, the feelings I had for him slowly drifted away, but one encounter with him recently changed everything. One encounter made me realize how the heart doesn’t forget shit, and how my mind is going to have to work overtime to make sure I never forget my definition of resentment.
Reviewed by Ladyballs
Mia and Dean. Two unlikely students to fall in love. She is the nerdy but hot girl with a smart mouth that boys have a crush on but she has no clue. Dean….the hot, popular, town golden boy football star. Each of them with a home life they wish they can escape from.
Mia and Dean start out as tutor and student only to have this relationship grow and turn into something more. Only after a few months things take a turn and Dean starts to pull away for no reason. Or at least Mia doesn’t think so. And then Dean does the unthinkable and totally humiliates Mia for all the school and town to see. So she does what she has to and runs…moves and never looks back after graduation….
When her estranged brother who she hasn’t seen in years offers to let Mia come and live with him after graduation she has no clue he has a roommate. Or that the roommate is Dean. As you can imagine when they realize they are now living together there are fireworks at their reunion.
The rest of the book is basically about them learning to live together while trying to forget the love they felt towards each other. Will Dean finally confess why he treated her so horribly? Will he let her in on his secret? Can she forgive him for humiliating her and making her not want to trust men again?
The book started off great. Mia and Dean’s banter was comical. Him trying to convince her to hang out and tutor him was great and I settled in and couldn’t wait to read about their journey but somewhere about half way through or so it slowed down and the plot kinda came predictable and the comical one liners and antics disappeared. While I really liked the first half of the book, the last half was just okay for me.
“Are you coming to the pep rally tonight?” he asks.
“School spirit isn’t really my thing. No offense, but…football isn’t either.”
He laughs, and I suddenly realize that the two of us have never talked about football during our sessions together. In fact, whenever I’ve brought it up, he’s changed the subject to something else.
“Well,” he says, letting my hand go. “You should come for me instead.”
“What? What do you mean?”
“I mean, since you’re not into school spirit or football, but you’re clearly into me, you can make an exception and come tonight.”
“You’re getting quite presumptuous lately.” I put on my best poker face. “Do I need to help you with that definition?”
“Not when I know the true word you’re looking for is cognizant.” He grins, stepping back. “I hope to see you tonight.”
“I’ll think about it.”
“I’m sure you always do.” He gives me a look so sexy that I almost melt into the floor.
Goddamn, Dean Collins…