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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. Leo is gorgeous but of course, doesn't do relationships. "I never met a girl I couldn't say goodbye to." He watches Nora from across the room at open house at the school, he thinks she is spoiled, rich and doesn't have a clue about the real world but boy is he wrong. "Nora Blakely was everything I avoided when it came to girls. Her kind expected love and commitments, two things I'd run away from a long time ago."
Nora had pretty much shocked the you know what out of every one at open house including Leo and a little while later they had a stare down in the parking lot but it wouldn't be until a very tipsy Nora is in the process of committing a crime when they meet again.
Everything clicked in my head, and I knew him. He was the one, the gorgeous guy from the open house whose gaze had been the glue that held me together in the parking lot.
These two had that connection but Leo thought it be best to be friends and nothing more, after all he was too old for her but could he stay away? Even though Nora had her secrets, she was brave and didn't lie about how she felt. She never ceased to amaze me. The easy banter she had with Sebastian and Leo was funny and heartwarming. Sebastian and Nora became very good friends as well, he even fell in love with her but in a different way. She was able to confide in him and you might of thought it was possible that they could have something. Even Leo thought they had something until Sebastian set him straight.
Then there was Tiffani with an "i" lol. She is Leo's whatever you wanna call it and she drove me crazy! He was with her because Leo claimed she knew there would be nothing more. Over time though, the buildup and angst that Leo and Nora shared was heated and spectacular. The more he tried to convince himself he didn't want her the more he did.
There was no denying his feelings but he could and did manage to hurt Nora and push her away. Then a love from her past, Drew, is back in the picture and he wants another chance. Nora is still hurt and in love with Leo but feels like there is no chance. "Why was he my Romeo, but I wasn't his Juliet?"
Does Nora finally face her demons and reveal her secrets? Does Leo give in to what he can't deny or will Nora give Drew another chance?
Go buy this awesome book to find out all these answers and I promise it will be so worth it. This can be read as a standalone and there is an HEA. It is an awesome book with fantastic writing and lovable characters. There is not one negative thing I have to say about it. I could read about these characters FOR.EVER!! A couple more of my favorite quotes and there were a ton of them. "I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream." "We all have a choice in life, to either quit or try again."
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...
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