The Bad Boy and The Good Girl!
If you read the previous book, you know a bit about the relationship between Axel and Harper in High School. They had been friends since childhood and they are in the same group of friends together. They went out for three months in high school, but Axel changed when his Mom died and he wouldn’t let Harper help him.
He treated her like crap while drinking heavily on the night of his Mom’s funeral and she left him because she didn’t want to stand around and be treated like that. She hadn’t meant to break up with him, but he took it that way and has been treating her like the worst possible bully ever since.
He hates the fact that they are attending the same college, hates even more the fact that she is living in the house across the street and that his friends are her friends too. He tried to get them to turn against her but they wouldn’t so she is everywhere and she makes him feel.
I like the fact that so much of this is told by Axel’s point of view. As much as he says he hates her, he can’t leave her alone when she is in the vicinity. She is like a magnet he is drawn to. She distracts him at his fights, not to mention what happens when he finds out that she lost her virginity to her new boyfriend Nate.
Axel is a jerk and he definitely owns it. I like that about him. He knows exactly what he is doing and makes no bones about it. He grows up a lot throughout this story. This is one of those books that is just about the relationship. There are not a lot of side stories in this one. It doesn’t have any mafia, murders or intrigue and that is nice sometimes.