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on November 10 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: ARC from publisher
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Levi Black is an s.o.b.
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s a pretentious, obnoxious, womanizing jacka** who thinks the world revolves around him.
He wouldn’t be wrong.
A famous soccer player, his skills on and off the field have won him medals, trophies, women, and the cover of every heartthrob magazine in the country. He’s broken nearly every bone in his body and a few hearts along the way, including mine—his stepsister—and lived to tell about it.
One night changed everything, and I’ve avoided him like the plague ever since. Just long enough to finish college, to bury the hurt, and to outrun the memories. But now that’s all changed. I’m back, and there’s no more running.
My hands are supposed to be my livelihood, but now they’re my curse. Levi’s reckless ways have landed him in a sticky situation, and his father has given me an offer I can’t refuse. One month and all I have to do is put my hands on his body. Easier said than done. The problem is, even though I know it’s bound to bite me in the a**, I can’t bring myself to say no to the s.o.b.
This book was very good! It was a fast read. It was also surprisingly emotional, not the quick light book I expected.
There is a lot of character growth in this book. More with Levi than with Vista, though, I’d say. The book is pretty clearly divided into halves—the first, where it’s two adults clearly trying to curb their passion for each other, and the second, where they have to deal with the reality of their situation. The first is racy and hot and playful. The second is serious and sad and realistic. There was a satisfying ending though, even if it took a lot of suffering to get there. Levi changes from an immature rich playboy to a man of responsibility, and it’s all because of Vista.
The beginning felt a bit rushed, and it sort of felt like it should have been over by the middle, but that’s what makes this book so much more meaningful. The fact that it didn’t just stop at what could have been an easy resolution. It went on to explore life afterwards and the prospect of making things work when the whole world seems to be against you. Levi was far from perfect. He made a lot of bad, heart-wrenching decisions. It was difficult to read. But the important thing is that he came back. And that’s life. The road to happily ever after can’t be all sunshine and smiles. Sometimes you feel like it’s over, and then you keep working at it until it changes. Nothing’s ever really handed to you. Life and relationships require hard work, and it takes two to tango.
With all that work, by the end it felt like a much better resolution than the easy way out would have been. It felt earned. It didn’t feel perfect, but nothing is perfect. So it was simply satisfying.
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