Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.
After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.
While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.
An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.
Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.
I’m not sure what grabbed me – exactly(ahem- the cover- ahem) – but I was really glad I’d chosen this!
I’ve not read m/f for a long time – especially not someone who isn’t on my short list of m/f authors that I continue to read now that I’ve found m/m. What I liked about this was the really “friend” to “lover” feel this had that really felt like two friends not a “guy friend” and a “girl friend”.
I thought the whole entrée into sex for the first time felt really authentic and I was glad to see the couple back up from that and take their relationship as a “couple” from the beginning.
There was still some very heavy-handed YA themes in this and I definitely wouldn’t read this if you’re not a fan of YA romance – because it absolutely felt like a YA romance. But it did have a really “realistic” feel to it as well and I was glad to see that they neither glorified nor shied away from the whole sexual aspect of their relationship.
The mystery/action part of the story was okay – it definitely wasn’t my main focus – but it served it’s purpose of giving our characters some motivation and depth.
All in all this was a pleasant surprise and for fans of YA m/f romance I’d definitely recommend this. If those aren’t your thing – this isn’t something that will appeal.
4.5 of 5 stars
Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review