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In high school, India dated Oliver's older brother, Christian. This is despite the fact that she claims not to have liked Christian and has feelings for Oliver instead. Oliver and India start a relationship, but India doesn't want to end the relationship with Christian until right before he leaves for university. It's hard to break up with people and she figures that they'd be breaking up anyway when he left. And besides, who wants to give up the popularity of being involved with a rugby hero for a skinny Goth guy?
Anyway, Christian dies in a car crash the night India wanted to break up with him, but he manages to assault her first. The combination of events leads India to conclude that only seeing Oliver unhappy will make her happy again and she spends the next couple of years organizing her popular friends to make his life absolutely miserable, complete with rumors that he is gay or has an STD and regular beatings from the boys eager to impress India. When he graduates, Oliver vanishes, presumably to the school in Scotland he'd been planning to attend. While he's out of town, India completes her hold on the family by befriending Oliver's mentally ill mother and becoming her confidante.
When India finally graduates and goes to university, she discovers that Oliver has gone to her dream school. Instead of the skinny Goth kid she was able to bully, he's now a popular and muscular rugby captain who is determined to make her university experience as miserable as his last few years of high school.
There is nobody in this book to root for. India's troubled past doesn't excuse the years of brutalization she inflicted on Oliver (who wasn't involved at all in her assault and doesn't even know about it). Oliver is just a violent and vindictive jerk. I can't do romance with completely terrible characters, it's not a ride that is fun to be on.
In addition to all this, the writing is a mess. The book is crying out for a competent proof-reading. Characters will learn something and have forgotten it (or state the opposite) by the next chapter. And to top off the indignities forced on the reader, it all ends without a resolution!
The trickery and mind games weren't as interesting as they could have been. It wasn't always blatantly obvious what was going to happen, but there were at least major clues that India was walking into a trap. It's like in horror movies when the person fleeing danger runs upstairs and you know they won't come out of it unscathed. That's how it was with India. How did she not see some of these things coming?
India was mean to Oliver in high school. He had every right to be pissed at her, but he took it to a whole new level of crazy. There was nothing redeeming about him, but for some reason she still saw past his faults. The message here was that it's okay for guys to be manipulative, devious jerks. They're still worthy of love even if they've done cruel things to women publicly.
From all of this I'm supposed to conclude that they love each other. Yeah because abusive guys are soooo attractive. People do change. Just because they were good once doesn't mean they are now. Too bad India didn't learn this until it was too late. I have no interest in reading the next book because I'm sure the two of them will end up together.
The story as a whole was not bad. There were a lot of grammatical errors that forced me to have to read some things more than once to get the meaning of what was being said. You find out what happened between India and Christian to make her want to torment Oliver but it takes so long for those details to come out that you just want to walk away from the book. India is constantly talking about needing to tell Oliver what really happened. Be forewarned that when India does finally share the incident with the reader, it's a very brutal story.
There is a cliffhanger to this first book and I will admit despite how I feel about this book and giving it only three stars, I've bought book 2 in the series because I want to see what eventually happens between these two.
Oliver vows to make her life on campus a living hell..and so the games begin.
It's like a game of plays. He loves her. He hates her. Meanwhile, India feels she deserves it for the pain she caused him, but she'll only allow it to go so far.
In a series of wicked games, frenemies, and unbelievable cruelty; two people learn they're broken beyond repair, yet one holds on to a secret that could save the other. Truth and lies...love and hate...
Joanna reaches into the depths of one's soul when she creates these books. I've read nearly everything she's written and I've never been disappointed. She has such passion and it explodes in written form. I'm always in awe when I read her work. 5 stars!
I highly recommend the entire series. I've read all four books and they'll leave you breathless!
Top international reviews
“Oliver. That name rolls in my head like a snooker ball. It curls my toes and increases my heartbeat. It’s like a poison that crawls into my pores and wrecks my body. His name brings on both good and bad within me. It’s the name that I have been trying to forget for the past two years.”
Being a trawler of Facebook I came across a thread posted on several pages that I am a follower of…you know the ones…can anyone remember the name of this book…the plot goes like this…Well I read the plot, I thought darn…I want to read this book…I started posting and asking people and eventually we got the answer. So I 1clicked and started reading…
Please do not be deterred by the 3.5 star rating, I really loved this book and it would have been a solid 4 star read had it not been for quite a few “errors,” I am by no means the grammar police, but when there are a lot of misspelled or incorrect words used you have to reflect that in your rating. All this book needs to make it perfect is a decent edit/proof read, but even with those littered mistakes it did not take away any enjoyment I had from reading this book.
Bullying is a sore subject; unfortunately it still remains a huge part of everyday life and is a subject that remains close to my heart to this day. Having been a victim of bullying at school I am all too aware of the pain and distress that bullying causes and call me sadistic but I love to read these types of books. Yes it does bring back painful memories, but I can relate and I can understand and even though this is fiction I cannot help but feel the need to help…I know I am sad!!
This story is about Oliver and India, these two have a love/hate relationship, they love to hate each other, yet they hate that they love each other…I know you are wondering…what??? These two have history and it goes back a couple of years. You are not treated to the full story in one hit, but slowly but surely India’s past is eked out through the pages. Oliver had a brother called Christian, Christian was the golden child, and his mum thought he was perfect…but we all know that appearances can be deceptive! Seeing that his brother had shown a flicker of interest in India, Christian nabbed her in spite before shy and quiet Oliver could make his move. Christian then continued to flaunt it in his face for years. Oliver and India were friends but there was always that underlying spark that both of them knew was there, yet never acted upon because India was with Christian. Christian changed as their relationship progressed and just as things were being sorted out, something happened that would forever change Oliver and India’s relationship.
India goes from Oliver’s friend to Oliver’s worst enemy, making his life a living nightmare at school. Incessant bullying leaves Oliver wondering what the hell happened. How could someone that he saw as a close friend go from love to hate? This was refreshing as it was the boy that was bullied by a girl. We all know that girls can be mean and cruel to other girls but I had not seen the roles reversed and this was a totally different insight. The end of Oliver’s bullying only comes about by his move to university when he leaves without trace.
India starts University and is shocked when she runs into Oliver on campus, he was supposed to be at a different University, but now he was here…and he has a new mission…revenge! The roles are now reversed…Oliver is no longer the shy, quiet boy that hides to keep out of the limelight. Oliver is the limelight…he is the most popular guy, handsome and a player. Their paths have crossed once more and now Oliver is intent to make India pay.
“I’m afraid to touch him, to make a connection with his body. Christian was a monster, and Oliver is a man who desires his payback. He wants to break me, though, not caring that we were friends once before.”
I cannot say any more as this where the book starts and I don’t want to give too much away, all I can say is that I want more!! I need to read the next book as this story is far from over and I am going to be hounding the author for details. After reading this book from start to finish you see how India has changed, how life changed her, then how her recovery changed her for the better. She is determined to be a better person. She is taken off balance seeing Oliver and even more so when she realises that those flickers that she had for Oliver before are fast becoming flames.
Oliver wants to hate her, feels the need to hate her, but even while acting out his revenge he cannot damp down those feelings. He loved her years ago and much to his disgust his heart seems to be interfering with his head. He is determined not to let his heart win, but can he really be that cruel? Or has what has happened in the past, scarred him so much, that his heart doesn’t stand a chance in winning this particular battle.
This book is full of twists and turns, it was an addictive page turning read and even though I knew that there was another book after this one, I was happy with the ending. Yes, I was left wanting more, but this just shows that the author has done her job. She pulls you into their story and you cannot help but become engrossed in this sad story. Great start to this series, I cannot wait for more.
By Joanna Mazurkiewicz.
India suffers more than most girls her age. With a dark past, that has haunted her for two years. Oliver brings out mixed feelings in India, Love and Hate; She loved him but started hating him due to what she had to go through with his poisonous brother. India hated Oliver during high school and after the death of Christian She treated him awfully bad, Bullying and Humiliating him on every possible chance.
Two Yeard later India and her best friend travel to Braxton university. But Indias daemons start clawing back, and her past comes to haunt her, as she comes face to face with Oliver. The most popular bloke in university. Girls want him he is fit, sexy, arrogant and out for revenge.
Indias life takes a turn for the worst as Oliver is out to ruin her.
Very Enjoyable read.
I very much enjoyed this book; the story line is great, it keeps you relatively gripped from the start with its intense content.
I have to admit for me. Personally, I struggled with Joanna's writing style a little. I found it a little jumpy at times with flitting from the past to present quite a lot. I also found the book has a lot of repetition to bulk out the word content and because of the repetition and re-reading similar content throughout the book it can drag at times. But even with this criticism I still very much enjoyed it and felt I had to finish it to see what happens between Oliver and India.
I have gone straight onto book Two and so far enjoying that one as well.
Good characters and dialogue. Ending was superb. Now to read the next one.