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Nora is in her last year of high school at Briarcrest Academy and she is what you consider a genius with a high IQ. She is tall and thin, plays the piano, has won several spelling bees and even a few pageants. Her mother made sure she was the epitome of perfection in every way. Sadly her mother failed miserably at what a mother is supposed to do for their child and I hated her for that.
But, Nora has secrets and she has lost herself quite possibly gone mad. She is drinking and partying. She has also made this list of bad things she wants to do and I was intrigued. I wanted to know her secrets.
Her mother and father are always gone and Nora is left alone. She also has a brother Finn who she did not have the best relationship with and I just new in the beginning he was trouble.
Nora is practically on her own but deep down she is so lonely and it made me so very sad! She had her quirks like we all do and what really tripped me out was her thing for words! She also people watches and quite frankly I was enamored by her.
After a particular episode at school, that is witnessed by all, we are introduced to Leo Tate and his younger brother Sebastian. They are new in town and Sebastian will be going to Briarcrest Academy. Leo, however is older, about 25, and Sebastian's guardian since their parents were killed.Read more ›
Nora Blakely appears to be the perfect girl. Perfect looks, top of her class, talented and parents who are extremely successful. She wants for nothing...except to escape it all! Leo Tate has relocated to Highland Park, Texas with his younger brother and has enrolled him in Briarcrest Academy where Nora is speaking at the registration and open house night as the student body representative. Seven little words, two of them cuss words, change it all!
The connection between Leo and Nora from the first moment their eyes meet is explosive! Leo is the guardian for Sebastian and is opening a new gym in Highland Park. Nora's life hasn't been as perfect as it seems and she is ready to take control which includes making several bad choices. One of them leads her to Leo and Sebastian who happen to live across the street from Nora's aunts bakery. Trying to get a handle on Nora is a challenge in and of itself, let alone dealing with her heart. She is deeply broken and Leo is determined to fix her, but it won't be easy. The problem with trying to fix someone is that you risk opening your heart...a heart that has its own scars. The struggle between Leo and Nora is intense, emotional and feels so real. The secondary characters in the book are amazing and I fell in love with a few and deeply despised others! Those relationships and interactions help to crack through both of their hardened hearts and open their eyes to what is right in front of them...one another!
The intensity of Leo and Nora's love is beautiful and heartbreaking. The steam factor of this book is off the charts sizzling!! This is the first book in the series and it is not a cliffhanger, you will however, see them in the other books. Leo and Nora have a special place in my heart and always will...
Nora is a 18/19 year old who has been raised in a loveless house. Both her parents place their jobs over her. The mother is verbally and sometimes physically abusive. The father has totally checked out. She has a broken, creepy, coke-head for a half brother. She has been trained to be perfect by her mother. She has been trained to feel worthless by her mother. She has been broken by her mother. She has had enough abuse and programming -she is breaking away, in a BIG and a bit destructive way.
Leo is a 25 year old that has had to chuck his life as a teenager when his parents were murdered - he had to raise his little brother, take over the family business. Leo had to be an adult before it was time for him to be an adult.
Nora and Leo meet over strange circumstances. Instant chemistry. Instant soul mates. But Leo is fighting it. He is afraid to love since what he loved the most (his parents) were stripped from him, brutally.
Nora is headed for self-destruct. She is hoping Leo can help her from destruction, but he is fighting their relationship.
The other characters, Leo's brother and Nora' friend are great additions to the book. They are strong, kind and supportive.
Nora is so broken, but she seems to be headed towards healing faster than Leo is. Every time they get together, the attraction (both physical and emotional) is too hard to deny and ignore.
There are various levels of villains and antagonists. Some are pure evil, some are just annoying. They are well written. You REALLY hate the mother. She has no redeeming qualities. She is evil personified. There are other characters as well (high school mean girls, jealous 'girlfriend') that we love to hate too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The love story of Nora and Leo was not easy for them. Nothing worth having ever is. They finally figured it out that they could not live without the other. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Bianca Chris
Sometimes looks can be deceiving. When it looks like someone has it all, brains, good looks, accomplished family, exceptional pianist, well it not all its cracked up to be. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Tara Kaufman
Over 80 of my goodreads friends have read and reviewed this book, so it was pretty much a MUST for me to check out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cynthia
Amazing story of a broken girl and a broken boy. Can they make a life together or are things just to broken? Everyone should read this fun and touching storyPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Both protagonists were weak. A novella stretched out by repeating the same scene over and over and over. Skip it. Even with KU checking out is a waste of time.Published 1 month ago by ashley d
This was a can't put it down, must finish this now kind of book. I was so invested, and it was so seriously captivating that I was riveted the entire time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MariaY1988
This was intense. The good kind that keeps you coming back for more. I loved Nora & Leo's story and how they learned to be happy together, but the best part was watching Nora... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fatimah
I really enjoyed this not just as a sexy read, but as a story. It's nice to see a hot romance book that has fully developed characters that you actually care about. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Winston's Mom
I've read all the books currently in this series. Characters were pretty young but I enjoyed the stories. HEA but characters struggle with real issues.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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