Her first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.
Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit, she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University.
Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate’s brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she’d be happy.
Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte
Gitte: I felt myself being pulled back and forth between Chase and Brandon, I couldn’t decide at first but then decided on Brandon, and I have to say he was my choice throughout. So Harpers choices pissed me off no end.
Jenny: For some reason I was Team Chase from the beginning. There was just something about him. Though I have to admit…..Brandon being an underground MMA fighter was hot and I did love him too, but Chase had a pull that made me love him more.
Gitte: My further thoughts on Harpers choices: here’s this girl who has been like a bird locked in her cage throughout her life, starved from love with no Mum, and a Dad who she respected but she had a pretty cold and affection starved relationship with. She had Carter and the other lads, but these were, in her mind friendships, not lust/love. She has never experienced the attraction, the longing, the lust or the love. So it hit her over the head when she met these 2 amazing blokes!
Jenny: Harper annoyed me. I can’t even sugar coat it. I didn’t understand why everyone fawned over her. She just grated on me so you can imagine how much her choices and actions got under my skin.
Gitte: When Harper gets to spread her wings, express herself as she wants/likes and receives adoration, protection, love in return she herself loves right back. Brandon and Chase are 2 separate objects of affection and love. I think she falls in love with both because at the end of the day not only are they gorgeous, they both offer her what she has been lacking all her life. Chase just happened to come across her first. That initial meeting sparked something in her which if it hadn’t been for his reputation possibly could have changed the whole story. Her defence mechanism was to flee, however he was already in her heart.
Jenny: I get that Harper was starved of affection by her father but I also thought her reactions were a bit extreme at times. Having said that, if you’ve lived a sheltered life and were emotionally supressed then thrust into College life and immediately felt the love of two amazing guys, then you’re going to enjoy it and take hold of it with gutso. That’s exactly what Harper did. It must have knocked her for six having these two amazing guys, Chase and Brandon falling in love with her….you would definitely be a bit overawed wouldn’t you? Yes, I can see how she loved so immediately and why she was so conflicted between both.
Gitte: Harper is one intense and love starved young woman who craves to be loved and to be loved in return. She has so much to give. With Chase however, throughout the story she wanted to protect herself. It is as if she was just waiting for the inevitable to occur, like repeating a mantra of ‘he will cheat and leave me loveless’. Brandon on the other hand did not have this reputation, and he loves as hard as Chase, he is almost like the safer option emotionally. Would Chase change for her?
Jenny: I don’t know. I can’t explain what I felt and I’m still working it out in my head. This one confused me no end. On one hand I can understand her spreading her wings and being overwhelmed by the affection shown by Chase and Brandon but I also felt that she was over the top in her emotions. She was definitely protecting her heart by being a bit closed off to Chase and Brandon did seem the “safer” option……..she had a hard decision…they were both gorgeous guys, I just didn’t like how she went about deciding who she would be with. I had a lot of issues with Harper in case you didn’t realise 😉
Gitte: My heart broke and I actually wanted to vomit at the twist in this book.. Worst scene EVER!! It still breaks my heart and I still now thinking about it. I hate it. I can’t say anymore because I don’t want to give anything away.
Jenny: Well, you know what my reaction was when I got to THAT bit, I sent you a shouty capital text message….shame you were sleeping at the time, though it was 2am so I’ve forgiven you. As my book sponsor I do expect you to be awake for any future twist shocks though! Deal? (Gitte: Deal!)
I did PM the author and threaten to make a voodoo doll out of her…not one of my proudest moments! (lucky she has a good sense of humour…sorry Molly hehe)
Gitte: I LOVE emotional books and if I cry in a book I know it means I just read a bloody amazing one!!! Although at times I really disliked Harper with a passion, I understood her and this book definitely made me cry.
I know this is fiction, but I also know that stuff like this happens in real life, it really does. People grow up starved of love and they overcompensate subconsciously by loving too much. With sudden freedom comes sudden rebellion against the norm or what is deemed acceptable. But who says it has to be so?!
I hated Trish, I wanted to bitch slap her into tomorrow, however, the guilt she has to live with for the rest of her life, well that is enough punishment as well as what Harper dished out!!
Jenny: I admit that I couldn’t put this book down and for that reason this was a good read. The twist knocked me for six and I had to regroup from that before I could read on. I did have issues with Harper and I think this may have hindered the emotion I should have felt in this story and I’m really sorry that I couldn’t get past that.
I was compelled to finish this book so for that reason I would say it was a good read. I had to see how it panned out and it was certainly gripping.
I have to say, I like to make up my own mind which team boyfriend I’m on – I don’t like to be forced onto a particular team.
Overall rating Gitte 4.5
Overall rating Jenny 3.0