Author: Carmel Rhodes
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/4
Genre: Contemporary Fiction Romance, Bully Romance
Primary Characters: Noah & Truly
Narration: Dual POV
This book was suggested to me by several people in several reading groups. Even though this book was in my reading queue for a long time, I somehow hadn’t picked it up as this was by an author who was new to me.
This book starts with a dark, taboo disturbing non-con scene. That definitely pulled me out of my comfort zone. Apart from the initial dark parts of the book, it’s not that bad. This book has its own sweet moments. As stated in the blurb, Truly’s boyfriend breaks up with her on their graduation. She is totally heartbroken on that fact. When her best friend forces her to attend a party, she gets the attention of Noah. Noah is popular. He is also her ex’s half-brother. Party which was supposed to relax her turns into a nightmare.
Things take a worse turn post that, when her well laid plans to go for 3-week road trip with her best friend is shattered when Becca invites Noah and Ethan to this trip. Truly and Noah form a unique bond and they see each other’s tender and possessive side.
According to me it’s not a dark romance but mildly has dark themes. I didn’t like how Noah shot up from being the night mare to everything. I didn’t like any secondary characters. Becca and Ethan were worst friends. Plot was ok. Narration had its own up’s and downs. Relationship building was low. There was no depth and clarity on some topics in the book.
To me this was an ok read, but for several reason I didn’t connect as much with all of the characters. If you’re looking for semi dark bully romance, then you should give this one a try.
Source – Free in Ku
Blurb as per Goodreads
The summer after senior year was supposed to be the best summer of my life.
It was supposed to be full of adventure and self-discovery and making love under the stars.
It was supposed to be about losing myself and finding my way.
Only, it wasn’t supposed to start like this.
I wasn’t supposed to go to that party.
He wasn’t supposed to notice me.
The hot jock with the trust fund and chip on his shoulder.
My ex-boyfriend’s half-brother.
Noah Tedesco is so far out of my league he might as well be playing a different game.
Noah wasn’t supposed to look twice at a girl like me, but he did.
Now that I’m on his radar, my life will never be the same.
Truly is a dark, coming of age romance that explores themes like NON-CON DUB-CON, and happily ever after.