After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom's health make living in Paradise anything but. There's only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he's ever loved.
Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she's ever had. She always hoped the pain of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it's only grown. She took comfort in the fact that she'd never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.
The pull between them is instant, and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss … which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.
The appealing, quick-paced final title of Erickson's Bowler University new adult contemporary trilogy (after Make It Right) ventures off campus to look at life after graduation. The ink is still drying on Cam Ruiz's diploma when he's called back to his uninspiring hometown, Paradise, to help care for his mother. Working as a bouncer is no fun, and Cam is torn between staying for his mother's sake and leaving in the fall for his dream job. Tate Ellison, Cam's high school flame, has been stuck in Paradise due to her father's illness. She's working as a waitress and trying to hold her fracturing family together as she makes her own hard decisions. When the two reunite, everything gets both better and more complicated. With an easy style and likable characters, the story flows quickly, and readers familiar with new adult romances will appreciate Erickson's willingness to abandon the genre's clich s.