This book has a lot to say about the pressures we feel growing up. Erica does an amazing job conveying the hardships and ups & downs that Brooklyn and Hunter face as teenagers. It shows the real effects of bullying and it explores the endless layers of what it is to be an adolescent trying to find your place in the world. Brooklyn really grabbed at my heart strings. Her innocence. Her vulnerability. She fell for the boy who was up on a pedestal but man, was he ready to fall for her. He is coming into his own and trying to find his voice in the sea of craziness that is high school and it was heartbreaking to watch. I was rooting for them and as the pages turned, I found myself totally enthralled with the undiluted plot of this story.
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I can’t stop thinking about kissing you, knowing now you’re mine.
Once we finish eating, I grab her and sit her on my lap. I waste no time diving my tongue into her mouth and kissing her as if my life depends on it. She’s an amazing kisser. Her lips are soft, and she tastes sweet, like cherries. I love the feeling of her fingers scratching my scalp and the way her body molds in my arms. I always knew this girl was made for me.
“You feel amazing, Brooke. Are you okay?” His forehead wrinkles with concern.
“Yes, move, please. You feel so good inside me.” I flex my hips, wondering if it was possible to have more of him. “Take me, make me all yours.”
“Fuck baby, you can’t talk like that. I’m going to come before I even start stroking,” he groans.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
These were words Brooklyn Turner has lived by throughout her whole high school life. She shied herself away from everyone, all in the hopes of avoiding unwanted attention and getting hurt again.
It was an easy plan.
But when is anything ever easy?
Hunter Evans, the star of the football team, comes to her for tutoring. He’s always saw her, but never approached her.
Why would he? He’s the most popular guy in school and best friends with Kara Adams, Brooklyn’s tormenter.
Despite what his friends thought, he saw her for who she really was.
He helps her find herself again. He helps her heal.
But one thing’s for sure.
He never saw the impact she’d have on him.
Or how much they needed each other.
*Please note this book deals with the hardships of high school, topics of bullying, and contains sex and sexual themes.
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About Erica Marselas:
Erica is a wife, a mother of four, and a tequila drinking smart mouth. When she’s not wrangling her children and trying to keep them alive, she’s writing. She’ll write anything from sweet stalkers, to forbidden love, to erotica, to rom coms to young adult because she believes no love story is created equal and every story deserves to be told. Even the fictional ones. As long as she can dream it, she’ll write it.