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New Adult/Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 17 and up.
With one look, I’m his . . .
With one touch, he’s mine . . .
With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .
I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.
When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.
But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.
Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.
Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.
Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.
I have to say that I enjoyed this story of a girl coming in to her adult life not knowing who to trust or what exactly she wants to do. She’s lucky in that she meets an incredible man that sees the real her she doesn’t even know exists. I know a lot of the child stars who had mothers like the one Hailey has turned out messed up and result in the train wrecks we see all the time on the news but in this case Hailey wants more and sees that the life she’s been pushed in to is not the one she wants to lead as an adult. She’s grounded but scared to death of the unknown and watching her learn to trust others and in herself was a wonderful thing to do.
Hailey has been in the public eye since she was a baby due to her mother’s quest for revenge on the father she never knew and then the love of the money her only child manages to pull in. Her mother doesn’t care about anything other than the paycheck but I would’ve liked to see Hailey confront her after a horrible incident from her past is revealed by this… umm… trying to figure out how to say it nicely but … bitch of a woman. She’s always been used by the people around her including any men she’s chosen to spend time with who rapidly sold their stories to the tabloids. As she decides to leave Hollywood all behind her she discovers that living a normal life is harder than she planned and her history of being used leaves her skittish about letting anyone close. She meets our hero at a party where he doesn’t leave the best of impressions but still manages to catch her eye and leave her wanting more than she believes she should. As she has more run-ins with him she finds herself more and more drawn to him but still keeps herself a bit aloof even though she desperately wants to let him in. It takes a lot of patience on his side and time for her to trust him but will the secret she’s holding on to drive him away? Luckily the secret wasn’t as huge as it could have been and his reaction to it was a reaction any sane person would have if they paid attention to the truth of it. She’s an amazing person and watching her bloom with the attention from Caleb plus friendships she develops with his sister and friends made me smile.
Caleb is something else. He’s a man who is stubborn but sweet, infuriatingly stupid but smart as a whip, and amazingly romantic. He says and does some really stupid stuff when he first meets Hailey but at the same time it isn’t anything you would be able to stay truly mad about for a long time. What he is good at though is being there for her and not wanting anything from her other than time and her. He’s instantly drawn to her out on the deck but sees that she’s got demons to slay that he needs to let her do but he isn’t going to let her withdraw from him without a fight. I loved how loyal he is to the people around him and how much time he gives her to just be without any pressure from him to decide what she wants immediately. His gestures to her ,while simple, mean everything in the world to a woman that has been treated as a commodity all of her life. He really does see the potential she keeps locked inside and is willing to just be there for her whatever she decides. I mean wouldn’t that make you melt? I can’t say enough how much I loved Caleb but let’s just say he’s a wonderfully complete romantic hero.
I cannot wait to read more about the friends in future books and hope we get more glimpses of Hailey and Caleb in those stories. Nick’s book should be fun as he hopefully stands up for what we see he might want in this title. My guess is major fireworks if the pairing is who I think it is because let me tell you the repercussions could prove to be hot as hell. Thanks to NetGalley.com and Elyssa Patrick for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.