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While performing the greatest love story of all time, they discovered one of their own…
Now they’ve made it to Broadway where they’re reunited as romantic leads once again, and their passionate scenes force them to confront the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their intense college affair. For Ethan, losing Cassie was his biggest regret, and he’s determined to redeem himself. But for Cassie, even though Ethan was her first and only great love, he hurt her too much to ever be trusted again. The trouble is, working with him reminds her that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks. And when it comes to love, sometimes it’s the things that aren’t good for us that are the most irresistible.
I waited forever to read this book, and I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe because it was so widely obsessed over and I was worried that it would be one of those books I went into thinking it would be more than it was because of the hype. Quite possibly because we all know that’s happened to each of us before. So I withheld. Then I couldn’t any longer. And I’m glad I did, because it allowed me to go into it past the obsession-period, and get into it on my own.
Cassie Taylor is naive. Plain and simple. She’s never done anything, never broken any rules, and certainly never been past kissing with any boys. After begging and pleading to audition to get into The Grove, a prestigious performing arts college, her parents, as strict as they are, agree to allow her to try out. They don’t expect her to get in, and quite frankly, neither does she. But she wants it so bad, as acting is the only thing that allows her to explore who she really is. It’s there that she meets Ethan Holt, and really, things were set into motion even then. I liked Cassie, because even though she was a virgin and completely inexperienced, she was still brass and sassy. She wasn’t timid or annoying–she still had personality. And I find that it’s hard to find girls like that in virgin characters. I liked that she was herself just around Ethan, was able to let go, and open up herself to new things. Even to the point where sometimes she was the aggressor.
“As he watches me, he stands a little taller. His chest rises and falls in a deep sigh. Oh, yeah. He totally wants to orgasm me. He wants to orgasm the hell outta me. Maybe he’ll use his fingers this time. Please, God, let him use his hot-assed fingers.”
Ethan Holt is sort of cracked. He has all these fissures that are just waiting to be broken open. He’s fragile, and I mean that in the most manliest of ways. He didn’t have the best role models as far as being open with his emotions, so he’s broody, closed-off, and brash. He doesn’t let anyone in and he never breaks character. Except with her, with Cassie. And that honestly scares Ethan, that this unassuming, beautiful girl can push along those fissures ever so slightly to where he feels like pretty soon she’s going to crack him right open. While Ethan may sound like the typical broken, alpha, bad boy, he’s really not. And I enjoyed that Ms. Rayven could make that happen–she created the typical guy but tweaked him so that he’s different, refreshing. I can’t quite put my finger on how, but I know that he is, I see it, I feel it. Maybe it’s that he can suffer regret, weakness, and have the ability to see he’s wrong.
“A kaleidoscope of regret fills his eyes, ‘Cassie, I felt like a ghost while I was away from you. Now, I want to feel real again.'”
Most will see this as a typical college romance where the virgin girl gets the guy, but it’s more than that. We see a woman fight for what she wants, open herself up to things she doesn’t understand, and a man slowly start to learn himself. It was flawless the way the past mixed with the present in each chapter, how you could see both stories collide so well. And what I enjoyed probably the most, is that Ms. Rayven wrote it so that she showed you rather than just simply told you. You found out along the way why, in the present, Cassie and Ethan are the way they are–most authors would simply say it in the first chapter what happened, and I loved that she let it happen through the story. I loved their torn, tattered, love story. I loved the sexual tension, the emotional tension, and the bitterness, too. I loved it all. There is a cliffhanger, but seeing as the next book comes out soon (less than two weeks), I recommend diving in right now.
Their story continues April 28, 2015!
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays.
Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm.
Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia.
Leisa lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three judgemental cats, and a kangaroo named Howard. (*NB: Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.*)