On the outside, Hayden is every girl's fantasy, brooding and devastatingly gorgeous. He spends his nights losing himself in alcohol and faceless girls, but it's all just a facade. An elaborate cover for the emotionless shell of a man he is. One who harbors too many secrets and destroys lives the way his was destroyed. It's the reason he avoids relationships and keeps everyone at arm's length…
Alex's life just shattered into a million pieces, leaving her with more grief than she knows what to do with and guilt so deep it's destroyed the carefree girl she once was. Now she's hundreds of miles from home, living with an aunt she doesn't know, finishing senior year at a college she's never been to, and trying desperately to get through a single day without breaking down. She's never felt more alone in her life...
The trouble with Hayden is who he wants to be and who he is are in constant flux. And though he'd die before letting Alex learn the truth about him, he can't be sure he's strong enough to let her in…or push her away. She's the one person who just might see the real him.
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Amazing, absolutely loved the plot and the mystery surrounding everything.
Could’ve Been Better
So… obviously this book wasn’t a high priority for me since it’s taken me months to finish it. I really like J. Nathan’s premises but the writing is rather lackluster, so I don’t think I’ll be investing any more money in this series.
My two biggest issues with this book are:
1) The unhealthy dependance Alex and Hayden have on each other. Maybe I’m being cynical, but calling each other their angel? Saying they can’t live without each other? That the other (mainly Hayden) is their savior? All the while they ADMITTEDLY hardly know each other? I totally get physical attraction and the honeymoon phase of a new love interest, but I felt that they were way over the top with their need for one another.
2) I felt like the bullying Alex faced at the hands of Taylor was unresolved. I mean, from the get-go, it was obvious that Taylor was bad news, so it was inevitable that something would happen between them. But after the event Taylor orchestrated at the beach and then the picture, I expected her to receive some sort of comeuppance yet nothing. In fact, she got what she wanted— Alex’s spot in the talent show (though due to unrelated circumstances).
A minor issue is what happened to Alex’s parents. I feel like I waited and waited and waited to learn what happened to them and then, essentially, the issue is dropped. Her whole state of mind up until that point is ruled by by what happened and then after one visit home and one short encounter with her ex and that’s it? Yet again, I feel like J. Nathan lost steam with this particular plot point in favor of catching Alex up with Hayden’s story line.
Plot aside, I need to mention the actual writing. It was sort of juvenile and boring. You know, a lot of glistening eyes and soulful stares. A lot of “I’m not good enough” and “I should leave him/her alone” (after which the character almost immediately performs a 180 and essentially grovels).
It’s a good thing this wasn’t a very pricey book or else I’d be suffering some serious buyer’s remorse.
Best book you will ever read! It will make you feel so many emotions at once from happiness to cloud nine to scared to sad and everything in between! I could not for the life of me put it down!