What would you do if you needed someone to lean on and the only person you had was your worst enemy?
Tijan always writes such awesome characters. She writes such strong and compelling Hero’s and heroine’s who may be a bit broken but do what they can to keep it together and continue to move forward no matter what obstacles keep getting put in their path. This book is no different and it is awesome! I loved the story of Dusty Phillips and Stone Reeves.
Stone Reeves is the Local Football God. He is on the NFL team that has been winning games and he has been scoring big this year. Dusty was neighbors with him growing up. In fact they were best friends as children until one day when he decided he was too good for her and pretended not to know her from that day forward.
Dusty spent two years at a community college but recently something bad happened to her and she decided to run as far away as she could get and to follow her dreams of being a marine biologist. It just happens that the best college program for marine biology is in the same city where Stone plays football. However, when Dusty answered an ad for a quiet room she didn’t know she would be moving into “the” football party house of the University.
“I hated meeting people. Like, truly hated it. I was what you’d call an introvert extrovert. I was chatty once I got to know someone, but let’s be honest here, because of a certain incident, I was very peopled-out.”
Dusty had other reasons to hate Stone as well and he hated her too. She lost her mother while she was in high school and she now has a step-mother named Gail who kept trying to get her to contact Stone now that they were in the same city together. She even called Stone’s mother to get his phone number.
Dusty finally hears from Stone when calls her to be nasty and tells her to call of Gail so she will leave his parents alone before they sue her for harassment. It is great to see the true animosity between Dusty and Stone at the beginning of this book. I don’t want to give away what happens in the book, but to say it is a hate to love book and not just between Dusty and Stone. Basically Dusty has cut herself off between everyone and she has absolutely nobody so it is her journey to friendship, family and love and it has all the feels.
But especially the relationship between Stone and Dusty is pretty great. It is sweet at times, hot and steamy at times and utterly frustrating at times. And the fact that he is a famous football star doesn’t help matters much. But it makes for a great story!