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- Print Length: 436 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0719258P5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rosie and Luke have crushed on each other in high school but it's in college where they finally get their second chance. Flashbacks and dual POV make for a great read.
If you follow my blog, you've seen that I have reviewed and loved this series. Every. Single. One of them. Hazel Kelly was one of my top favorite authors of 2016 and I'm happy to say that she's on the fast track to winning that award this year, too.
Rosie is excited to start college even if she does have a few lingering regrets following her onto campus. And the biggest one is a handsome football player who she rejected without realizing it. The mistake has plagued her ever since. But when her professor suggests that she interview an athlete for her journalism paper, she sees an opportunity in waiting.
Luke can't agree to Rosie's request fast enough. He's been looking for a way to get closer to her ever since she laughed in his face when he asked her out. Sure, they had been kids and he should have gotten over it by now. Gotten over her. But he hasn't and he doesn't really want to. He wants to make Rosie his and demanding she go to dinner with him in exchange for the interview just might be his way in.
While Rosie knows it isn't a good idea to mix schoolwork with pleasure, it isn't long before she finds herself falling right into Luke's waiting arms. With little regret and a smile on her face, too. However, nothing is ever this easy and both Luke and Rosie have troubles they have to overcome before either of them will be in any position to turn their fling into something else. Something long-lasting. What they both really want.
Oh, how I simply loved this book. Let me count the ways...
Rosie was adorable yet had a feisty side to her that I could admire. She knows she's different from the average girl but doesn't let that convince her that she isn't as worthy as the rest. She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. I love a strong heroine who is independent but appreciates the partnership that being with a man can bring. Strong women are even stronger with the right man.
And Luke sure was the right man. For anyone. I mean, I could have fallen in love with this guy. I just might have. Don't judge me. He was such a layered yet completely relatable character. The bearer of a lot of burden whose success could make or break the future of his family. That's a lot to take on for a young man but he does it without question. He's loyal, thoughtful, affectionate, and downright hilarious. Such a great combination.
Speaking of combos, Luke and Rosie were quite the pair. Their chemistry was undeniable. I loved every scene they were in together, including the flashbacks. And the romance between them was fiery hot. I'm glad I read this book while alone because I might have needed to fan myself a few times. But it wasn't just sex. These two characters really defined the Soulmates Series. They were perfect together and entirely complimentary of each other. I just loved them as a couple.
I also love the fact that Hazel Kelly's stories never feel forced or contrived. There isn't unnecessary or unrealistic conflict thrown at our couples like I've found in a lot of books I read. Don't worry; there are still problems for the couple to work through. But this book didn't follow the typical romance novel formula. For that, I'm so very grateful. It's always a breath of fresh air to read one of these books and Hazel Kelly has yet to prove me wrong!
I hope this series never ends! Five absolutely-fan-fucking-tastic suns!
Full review on Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog
Rosie and Luke have such a history that you wouldn’t expect, you would have that they had already been together and that things ended in a bad way, however that is not the case. They both have huge feelings for each other, yet whilst Luke is happy to admit them and try his hardest to show Rosie how much he likes her, she is so withdrawn and tries her hardest to keep away, yet she secretly can’t help having a huge crush on him. Years before Luke actually asked her out, but in spite of nerves instead of saying yes or no to him, Rosie laughed in his face and that resulted in him walking away crushed. Yet here they are 4 years later, at the same college, will they both managed to work things out this time or is it set to be over before it’s began.
Luke, Rosie and Nikki (Rosie's BFF) all end up going to the same college. Luke is a Freshman QB, Nikki is a cheerleader and Rosie is following her dream of going into journalism. Luke and Rosie have had a crush on each other since Freshman year of High School. A nervous laugh on Rosie's part kept them apart of 4 years.
Nikki is the person that bridges the space between Rosie and Luke. Needing a person to interview for a school assignment Rosie is nudged into interviewing Luke.
All those feelings these two have had are starting to come to the surface. Luke keeps finding reasons to be around Rosie. She is trying to be professional, but her feelings are winning out over the professionalism.
This is a story of two kids that are headed to college after spending 4 years of High School pining for each other. Read this book to find out what happens between these two. Read this book to see what Luke's dark secret is about. Read this book because it will make you smile and feel good. Just do yourself a favor and read this book.