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.
Some things are worth it.
Beau and Matisse meet because they end up roommates in the same house. Instantly attracted to one another, they try to avoid each other. There is even a house rule, that no drama can happen including dating among roommates.
Beau and Mati become friends and hang out anyway. They have real feelings and genuinely like each other. Beau has many secrets that he hides, and is not sure he should tell her. There is so much she does not know.
Mati is trying to be good at everything. She is the only child of older parents. They expect perfection and she usually performs like a good little soldier. Now, after moving all the way across country to Portland, OR from Maine, she feels like there is breathing room. Maybe just a little anyway.
One night Mati gets very sick and Beau comes to rescue her. He stays with her in the hospital and takes care of her when they get home. Then he ends up with the illness also. They tend to one another since the house is empty for break.
From this a serious closeness and friendship blooms. The friends they were are stronger and closer. They even share a kiss. I found this book to be amazing and hard to put down! I loved the character development and the surprises in store for the reader!
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