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Loved Leo and Nora's story and Sebastian was a great secondary character....Nora was a misunderstood teenager doing what mommy wanted but she had a list of 'bad things' she wanted to do. Glad one of those things made her cross paths with Leo who was his younger brother's guardian. He gave up a lot for Sebastian, to give him a better life, including paying for a very expensive private school where bad things happen :)
you will love Leo and will want to read Sebastian's story and continue on to the end of the series, GUARANTEED!!
Okay let's start with I really wanted to read this, because it sounded like something in my alley..
Now let the whining begin..
It took a while before Leo really started something with Nora and then it was hot/cold hot/cold... And let's say I really hated a part. I'm sorry I needed that of my chest.. I don't mind it if it isn't love at first sight, I like it more when it's not. But this was way too much for me.. I hated the *** out of Leo's f buddy.. So that also made me hate Leo at times..
There were probably other things I disliked, but I just forgot those.. So let's keep it at this.
I wish I really enjoyed it more, at times I truly did but the other times overshadowed the good
What an Epic Read with lots of unexpected ansty and drama twists!!!
This book was nothing what I expected. It was very emotional and brought tears to my eyes. It was like I was there in the story and felt the brokenness that both of the characters felt.
You meet this 18 yr old Senior at Briarcrest Academy that is up for the next Princeton resident, grown up with a wealthy family, you would think she has everything. Nora Blakely has made of a list of very bad things to do, for revenge or just to get it out of her system?
Then we meet 25 yr old Leo Tate and his younger brother Sebastian whom is in Nora's class. They own the gym across the street from her aunts bakery. Leo raised his brother since he was 12 years old and he was 17 due to their parents getting murdered. He gave up college and became a father figure so he used their parents insurance money to buy a gym. Little does Nora or Leo know that fate is fixen to change both of them.
Will broken Nora ever find someone that they will love her back and take her and all her dirty little secrets?
Will Leo ever let go of the past and let himself love someone else and not have to worry about losing someone he loves again?
This book is a series and is a HFN but it will give you enough to be satisfied with and not have to worry about a big cliffhanger. Next book shows sometime next year so hopefully we will have some more closure on the story and more Sebastian & Mila!!
This....this was a kiss. I never wanted it to stop. I never wanted his lips to leave my body. This was like when Prince Charming kissed Cinderella, only this price was no gentleman; he was sexy and hot and played a guitar. Instead of riding on a black stallion, he drove a bad-boy Escalade. Instead of wearing a princely cloak, he wore tight True Religion jeans. ~ Nora Blakely
"I shut you down and tried to forget about you. I've never loved a girl before, Nora. I was scared and made up excuses for why we couldn't be together. But from the moment I saw you, I Knew you were special, but I didn't know what to think about all these feelings I had. But now I know the truth. I know age is nothing and that being scared of hurting you or losing you is taking the coward's way out. You are everything. I had to lose you before I figured it out." ~ Leo Tate
Reviews posted on Amazon and Goodreads under hotninja_angel
Read September 14, 2013
This book sucked me in from the first chapter when Nora, the incredibly smart and talented girl who appears to have it all, snaps at Briarcrest Academy's Open House. Nora's reached her breaking point. It's time for her to live a life other than the one her parents have been forcing her to live and I was thrilled to be along for the ride, bumps and all.
On the outside, Nora Blakely seems like the perfect girl, perfect student. She's a National Spelling Bee winner, editor of the yearbook, co-captain of the debate team, and an all-around exemplary role model. She's a beauty queen. She plays the piano. She loves words and "collects" them. She's also broken. She's hiding a huge secret and has finally reached her breaking point. She doesn't want to be this perfect girl anymore, so she comes up with a very different sort of to-do list. Nora's ready to be bad.
Enter Leo Tate. He's in the audience with his younger brother, Sebastian, when Nora has her big moment. On the outside, Leo is the stereotypical bad boy. He owns a gym. He's a musician. He's scorching hot. He definitely doesn't do relationships. He's certainly not looking for a relationship with a damaged girl seven years younger than him. He's attracted to Nora, but isn't interested in pursuing more.
Everything begins to change the night that Nora vandalizes Leo's Escalade. Sebastian convinces Leo to take her into their home so she can clean up - and sober up. Convinced it's time to tackle her list of bad things, Nora strips for Leo, teasing him. He's tempted, but even after learning that she is not jailbait as he feared, he still turns her down. He sleeps with women, not spoiled, rich girls. He won't let her leave that night because she's drunk and needs to sleep it off and he winds up comforting her after she has a nightmare. Nothing physical happens, but they begin to bond. She opens up to him about her past and he realizes there's a lot more to her than meets the eye.
The Tate brothers begin to be everything Nora needs. She forges a close friendship with Sebastian. They become so close that, despite his best intentions, Leo begins to feel jealous of his brother. He's not sure that something isn't going on between Sebastian and Nora. He loves his brother, but his attraction to Nora is strong and distracting. Nora and Leo become close in a much different, more volatile way. They want each other, that much is obvious. Their chemistry is seriously intense. It's as though the air is ready to ignite when they're in the same room. Leo tries like hell to fight it. He just wants Nora to find herself. He wants good things for her. He doesn't want her to be the girl with the list of bad things to do. He knows that's not the real Nora.
As you can imagine, this book is filled to the brim with angst. But it's the best possible type of angst. The sexual tension between Nora and Leo is thick. It's hot and just waiting to explode. There are some straight up five-alarm scenes in this book. The "lesson in clarity" scene is so hot that I was convinced my iPad was going to melt! ::fans self::
The characters were so complex and well-written. I couldn't walk away from them. I HAD to know what happened. I wanted to know what all the secrets were and if true feelings would ever come to light. Despite her faults and issues, Nora was completely likable. She had a bit of quirkiness to her. To a casual observer, she might have appeared to have an easy life, but the truth is it was anything but. Though Leo made me want to yell and scream at him, I absolutely loved him. He was the perfect alpha male, "bad boy" lead. I loved that the book was written from both of their perspectives so I was able to get in both of their heads. I loved the dynamic between Leo and Sebastian. Leo may not have been perfect, but he was a really good brother and guy, in general. He was protective of those he cared about and though he might not have always gone about things in the best way, he (most) always had the best of intentions. What can be said about Sebastian? He was a sweet kid. I hope we get a book from his perspective in the future.
There's more to this book than meets the eye though. It touches on some pretty deep issues. I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I wanted to throw my iPad across the room. The story flowed well and was unique. I read a lot of NA lit and I haven't read anything quite like this one before. I really love this author's style and I look forward to more fantastic books from her in the future. She's going on my auto-buy author list. :)