- File Size: 2171 KB
- Print Length: 350 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ruby Basset Publishing (March 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MY9NNQC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was lucky to receive an arc of this book, but I also bought a copy for my Kindle library.
This book doesn't whitewash the pain and difficulty both of these two experience while struggling to find their own dreams and being true to their hearts.
The author Kate Forest shows the dark side and the hope and optimism of a couple stuck in a difficult situation. I love this story.
The HEA is hard fought but so satisfying.
Jill Kramer is a junior in college and is a physics major. Working towards her senior project and getting accepted to grad school are all that’s important to her. She has applied for a paid internship and is doing all she can do to get it. In the mean time, she tutors math students for extra money. One of the grad students in her program is also her ex-boyfriend who has something he is holding over Jill’s head. He uses this information to his advantage and pawns off his work on her constantly.
Jill is an only child, raised by two academic parents. They were always so wrapped up in their own professions that they rarely notice their daughter. They were not affectionate in any way. They were good parents, just not in a supportive way.
Mike Lewis is also a junior and is pre-law. But being a lawyer is not what Mike wants to do with his life. His love is with the theater and he is minoring in it. His father who is a judge would never continue to support his son if he knew he wasn’t planning to continue to pursue law after graduation. But right now he needs his father’s support. You see, Mike was in an auto accident in high school and permanently damaged his legs below the knees. He is in constant pain and uses crutches to get around. After the end of his junior year, he is opting for surgery to have his legs removed below the knees and use prosthetics. He can’t wait to have the procedure. He wants to stand tall and walk like the man he was meant to be. He can’t take the pain any longer. But right now he needs to pass calculus and he needs a tutor in order to do so. He wants to keep his GPA perfect. So he hires the best tutor the university has to offer and that is Jill Kramer.
These two hit it off immediately. Jill doesn’t offer Mike pity or beat around the bush. She asks him right out what happened. She is honest to the point it was almost rude. She was brilliant and sincere and funny and wonderful. But she also made it clear that her career was her priority, not dating. That’s okay, Mike liked a challenge.
“I wasn’t about to give up on my goals now. I hadn’t spent the last three years proving myself in a man’s world only to throw it all away for a man.”
It’s here that I have a few things to say. This love story is not an easy one. They did fall in love. At times I wondered if it was real love but later on I was convinced that it was. Where Jill was not raised with affection, Mike was, at least from his mom. Somehow, though, they just worked. Mike wanted someone who would challenge him, who would stand beside him, not try to coddle him.
But, there were times that I got so frustrated, and maybe even angry with Jill. Well, with Mike as well for the way he pushed her away. Jill struggled so much with her priorities and with trying to be there for Mike. It was a constant push and pull. There is a secondary character, Mike’s friend, Beth, who didn’t help matters either.
“How could I ever let my heart go to someone who had no idea how to hold it?”
This isn’t some sweet, warm and fuzzies, swoony love story. It is a real, full of nitty gritty, realistic picture of what life would have been like for these two. They had to make way too many adult decisions before they should have had to. This definitely isn’t the sort of book I usually choose for myself. But in between times when I wasn’t reading, I found myself thinking about them, scolding them, wanting to give them advice. These characters are definitely going to stay with me.
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