Monday, November 11, 2013

When Leah’s ex-boyfriend Kevin betrays her in a horrifically public way, she leaves town to spend her last summer of college in a place where no one knows who she is, what happened to her, and what she did to make herself so vulnerable.

All she wants is a little peace of mind and some good surfing so she can regroup before returning for her senior year.

After his own tragedy a few years ago, Drew developed an entirely new and unique outlook on life and became a risk-taker, daring and dangerous, everything Leah wanted to avoid.

But a chance encounter forces her to let Drew into her life, little by little, secret by secret. He’s smart, funny, persistent, hot, and makes money in a rather unconventional way.

They share a mutual fascination and attraction, until her past with Kevin complicates her present with Drew, making Leah question her future.

Just as her life seems to be spinning out of control, Leah learns that sometimes you save someone by letting them save you.

Four Mean Hearts!! I really enjoyed this book.  In some ways it was exactly what I thought it would be, but in others it went a totally different way.  This is a book about learning from the past and not letting it dictate your future.  It’s also about not letting anything dictate your future but you.  Leah and Drew are great together, and I loved watching their relationship unfold.

Leah is fresh out of a bad break up and a traumatic experience at the beginning of this book.  I have to admit that I was kind of frustrated with this at the beginning and the way it was making her act.  When we find out the secret of her past, which thankfully is fairly early in the book, it was kind of hard for me to identify with her.  After some thought I actually began to like her more and her personality.   I loved the way she was with Drew.  I loved how their love snuck up on her and came out of nowhere. 

Drew is confident in everything he does and has a certain swagger to him.  He is not lazy at all but just so laid back and almost lackadaisical, but it definitely works for him.  I know this sounds contradictory to this last sentence but he also has a great sense of adventure with an amazing attitude about life.  He is kind of a conundrum but in a good way.  He has also suffered a traumatic event which we also learn early in the story that has definitely shaped his life.  Drew lives a different life than most, but that is definitely what makes him, him.

I loved their story.  I loved how it was not an instant relationship.  I love that they kind of just fell into it.  Yes Drew definitely showed interest in Leah, but did not relentlessly pursue her.  One of the other things that was so different about this story that I liked was that we did not have to wonder about their pasts for over half of the story.  They were both revealed fairly early.  I know that the mystery of these things can add to a story but it seems we are always waiting to find out why a person is the way they are. This one we got to know very early in the story and I loved that. It was very refreshing for a change.   The steam and sexual tension was great.  There was definitely some sexual tension for a while, but it was worth the wait. 

I recommend this book for anyone who loves a quick somewhat angsty, but mostly sweet read.  There is some angst and frustration with both characters, but they grow through out the book.  This story in some ways is your typical overcoming a traumatic event love story, but it was also more.  Drew was not your typical alpha male who swept in and saved the day. He did save the day but in his own way, and Leah’s change in attitude helped to give us the ending as well.  

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