When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.
Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night – but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.
When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.
Oh it’s your usual NA book that includes an awful ex-boyfriend and a hot new guy? Not exactly, but it’s typical NA: or the girl gets cheated on or out of a bad relationship and isn’t ‘looking for mr. right’ but he comes along anyway or she’s never had a boyfriend at all and gets to experience all this exciting new stuff with the hot guy who would never even look at you in real life.
Anyway, this book is in no way different when we’re speaking of finding a rebound after a relationship, but there are some interesting plot twists in it.
“You’re full of contradictions, Ms. Wallace.”
I looked up at him and arched a brow. “I’m a girl. That’s part of the job description, Mr. Maxfield.”
So Jacqueline (I’m sorry but what an awful name for such a young girl) gets dumped by Kennedy her high school sweetheart and suddenly she’s left with only her best friend and roommate Erin, and stuck at a college she didn’t even wanted to go to in the first place (lesson: don’t ever follow your boyfriend to college, follow your own dreams and don’t be stupid).
When she’s going home from a party Erin dragged her to, she opens her car and there’s Buck, her ex-boyfriends frat brother. He’s drunk and doesn’t have good intentions. Let me rephrase that: the bastard tries to rape her. Tries, is keyword because before he gets the chance another guy turns up to beat the shit out of him. Meet Lukas, hot, brooding guy who keeps to himself, has a lipring and tattoos but is very protective.
“The night we met—I’m not like that guy.” His jaw was rigid.
“I know tha—” He placed a finger over my lips, his expression softening.
“So I don’t want you to feel pressured. Or overpowered. But I do, absolutely, want to kiss you right now. Badly.”
Maybe it was in my head, but I feel like I didn’t get to know Jacqueline. I know she plays the up bass and that she likes reading, and that she’s a good student but *yanks hair out* that’s not good enough! She’s also not so talkative, especially not around Lucas and that makes me wonder what he sees in her.
I’d basically described myself: a quiet, studious bookworm who would go to bed at a decent hour. A non-partier who wouldn’t bring a parade of boys through our room, or make it the floor headquarters for beer pong.
But, I loved Lucas. He’s mysterious and he looks at you with eyes that make you want to crawl into them and read his soul. And, he’s hot (too hot, hot damn). Wouldn’t you fall apart if he looked at you with bedroom eyes in a public Starbucks? Yup, same.
“I want to see your tattoos.”
“You do, huh?”
So all in all, it wasn’t a bad book, but not mindblowing. I’m still gonna read Breakable, the second book in the series because it’s from Lucas’ pov and I want to crawl in his head… ahum that didn’t sound creepy at all.
“Choosing to be with you, isn’t a difficult decision, Jacqueline…It’s easy. Incredibly easy.”