Wow, what an emotional book this is. Not that it’s a sad book – which has sad parts in it – but a lot of emotions running high. The characters in this book are so intense. They are two highly temperamental people. When they love, they’re on top of the world. When they hate, their worlds are turned up side down. There’s no in between for these characters and it makes for a really great book. I’ve never read anything by Eden Butler but I know that this won’t be the last. This book is written exceptionally well. The characters have such personality and chemistry between them, I felt like I was in their world with them.
Eighteen year old Keira is a freshman in College. She’s away from her mother, who is always on her case about everything. Keira is a good girl. She’s the one to sit up front in class, always raise her hand first and doesn’t have time to party. Keira is a smart and musically talented woman and she also has a bad temper.
Kona is the star football player at the college. He’s also a player in a different field, with a different girl every week. He has a twin brother who also plays football and their mother is a professor at the school. Kona has always been told he is dumb and nothing but a Jock. He’s always had to prove himself outside of the field and he’s always had to keep a lid on his temper.
When Keira and Kona get paired up for an English project, they are not too fond of each other. Kona thinks she’s just a stuck up, know-it-all and Keira thinks that he’s just a jock and will end up doing the whole project herself. Keira is more tolerant of Kona the more time she spends with him and Kona ends up liking her feisty ways and her anger. He finds it hot and he wants to know more about her, but he has to break down her walls first.
It takes Keira time for her to start to even like Kona a little bit. That’s what I like about this book is that it’s not an insta-love. Not that I don’t like insta-loves – because I do – but with the way this book had started, it only made sense for them to battle it out a little bit, show each other what makes them tick and get their tempers flaring. They both need to see what the other is made of before they can start any sort of relationship. With both of their reputations, there is a lot of people trying to get in their way. It’s how they overcome these problems together is what makes their relationship work.
The book is sectioned off into two parts. The first part being the longest and set in the past. The history of the start of their relationship, to all the crap that they went through together and individually, to the impending break-up which leaves them separated for sixteen years. Part two is the present, sixteen years later. We get to see where they’ve been and what they’ve been doing with themselves. They meet again unexpectedly and old memories come flooding back. The good ones and the bad ones. Lies that were told to keep them apart are now out in the open and it’s up to them to see if they can make it work.
This book is long, it’s very descriptive and a lot happens. There were times where I just wanted to get through it, but there were more times where I was so invested in what was going to happen next, I didn’t even think about how long the book was. The characters are very well thought out, there’s a lot of back-story for each character and the chemistry they share in incredible. The book is in both Keira and Kona’s perspectives, but in third person point-of-view. I was hoping that it would have been first person, as it would have made it feel a little bit more connected, but either way it was very well written and I’m happy I chose to read it.
This is definitely a New Adult novel. There is language, violence and sexual content throughout. It should not be read by anyone under the age of eighteen.