No bully, just an angry teenager!
You know Nate of Fallen Crest? He is best friend to Mason and Logan Kade. You might remember that when Nate was younger his parents (documentary film makers) did everything they could, even moved to California to keep him away from his friend Mason. Though Nate eventually rebelled and basically kicked his parents out of his life. He now lives in Boston with Logan and Mason is a huge NFL star and has been with Sam for years. Nate also had younger siblings Owen and Aspen. This is Aspen’s story.
Owen and Aspen were in a car accident in which Owen was killed. He was her brother and her best friend and losing him did something to her. Aspen is a loner and likes to be in the background, unnoticed by others. She doesn’t fit in and doesn’t know how to be around people. Her favorite activity is camping all alone. She used to go camping with Owen and now for her, camping is like breathing. She feels close to Owen.
Though Aspen is a normal teenager in other ways. She has a crush on Blaise, the hottest boy in school. She goes to the school parties, though always in the background or camping in the woods near the party. This is where she sees Blaise with his girl kneeling in front of him. She watched and he saw her. After that he couldn’t stop thinking about her.
Aspen isn’t the only one with issues. Blaise is fairly new at Fallen Crest Academy, though he did live in Fallen Crest when he was younger. He and his mother moved back to town recently after she got divorced and they moved away from New York. Blaise reconnected with his old friend Zeke and his mother introduced him to her new boyfriend, who it turns out looks a lot like Blaise. That is how he found out that his Dad in New York wasn’t really his Dad. Now he has a brother that could be his twin and hates him, and a sister who wants to know him.
The romance between Aspen and Blaise is awesome. Tijan writes good romance and she does great book boyfriends. Blaise is great with Aspen and though he was never one to date, he gets hooked on her pretty fast. It helps that she is model pretty (actually having done some modeling in the past). The major conflicts in the story were terrific, though I won’t specify what those are. I really enjoyed that characters from other Tijan books made up much of the supporting cast. It is really making me want to move some of those books I missed up to the top of my TBR. If only I didn’t have other commitments I would start on them immediately.