Author: Tammara Webber
Genre: Adult Romance – New Adult
Synopsis: When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life. Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night – but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound. When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
My Rating: 1/2
I surprisingly enjoyed this! It’s so hard with romance books especially the ones labeled New Adult to find something I really LOVE and though I didn’t fall in love with this one I liked it.
Our plot starts out with our main character Jacqueline walking to her car after her ex’s frat party. One of the guys she knows tries to rape her and a random guy she doesn’t know saves her. Random guy is Lucas, our main protagonist. This book is specific in its intent, it’s about rape, it’s about empowering victims and it’s about how college campuses, specifically fraternities handle rape/attempted rape. For that I gave it a whole star because these are vital subjects that are not addressed and are often questioned for their validity rather than the reality.
Jacqueline is by no means a weak character but she is rather powerless in her attack and this is her journey to get stronger, however it is soft-core. This is above all a romance book and a part of me wished it wasn’t because the shift of focus would’ve been more on rape culture rather than Lucas and Jacqueline finding one another with a side of the rape situation. However, as a romance new adult book this is good.
This is part of a romance series, I will not be continuing with them mostly because it’s not so much my thing but if you enjoyed this one and enjoy a good romance there’s 3 more novels in the companion series and my understanding is that the second book is the story from Lucas’ perspective.