by Cindy Miles
Good girl meets bad boy. When a “chance” meeting brings the two into close proximity, neither can resist. Love incinerates their preconceived ideas about their individual worlds… and each other.
Olivia Beaumont isn’t your typical college smart girl. But Brax Jenkins isn’t your typical college bad boy, either. When Olivia arrives at Winston University, she only wants to blend into the background. She hopes no one will notice her. Maybe she will actually be able to forget about the hell of her high school senior year and build an actual life for herself. That all changes when “Winston’s big dog starting pitcher” plows into her as she’s moving into her new dorm.
For Brax life is all about having fun. He is living life his way, enjoying the hell out of everything he can. Having grown up in with the worst the world has to offer, he is damn sure going to take the good when it’s there to grab. Olivia (Gracie or Sunshine to him) turns out to be the very best thing he’s ever seen. Of course, with his lot in life, the good never last long. And his tenuous grasp on happiness is quickly snatched away.
I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this story. I’m a huge Cindy Miles fan because I love the way her books make me feel. She has a unique voice that is positive and uplifting. She takes a mousy emotionally scarred little girl and with the help of a foul mouthed Boston bad boy, slowly brings her out of the protective bubble she’s locked around herself. Not being from Boston, I liked how Ms. Miles “helped” me hear Brax’s unique accent by repeating words in that Southie dialect. I also got a kick out of Brax’s quick bursts of temper, using fists when necessary to defend Olivia from anything and everything.
I could totally relate to Olivia being more open and snarky via text (in the beginning) than she was comfortable being in the real world. I felt that Ms. Miles nailed the awkwardness, cockiness and doubts this age group faces on a daily basis.
I know I’ve already said this but I LOVE this story. So much so that I already read it through from front to back twice and hit the highlights (bookmarking them on my kindle) a third time. I even hopped over and preordered the second book in the series completely not know what it could be about. I just can’t wait to dive back into this fun world. Great job Cindy Miles.