★★★ 3 Stars ★★★
This is author Nicole London’s first book and I’d like to preface this review by saying that it was a great first effort at writing a New Adult romance that will hold your interest and have you eager to find out why there is so much resentment between the two main characters.
The book is told in three parts, Regret, Resentment and Redemption.
Dean Collins is the popular football player who has been trying to get the attention of studyworm Mia for a long time now, and manipulates things to his favour by getting Mia to agree to tutor him in order to increase his grades.
Mia Gray is not a pushover and tries really hard not to fall for his charms, but he infiltrates himself into her heart and there isn’t a whole lot she can do to stop her growing feelings for him.
After a whirlwind high school romance, Dean pulls a complete douchebag move and we are left wondering what Mia did to deserve such a hard time after he humiliates her beyond belief.
Ten years later and Mia is taking the bull by the horns, she is leaving her dead end job and dumping her useless boyfriend and moving in with her brother in another city. When she discovers who her brothers room-mate is, she is left reeling, especially since Dean is being very hostile to her, even after all this time.
Mia simply cannot understand why Dean hates her so much, but the sexual chemistry is still there and they both find it hard to resist.
After a lot of back and forth, Dean finally opens up and we discover all the secrets and lies that Dean has been hiding.
Overall this was a good solid read, but I am still left wondering why Dean behaved the way he did. He was awful to Mia and it felt almost as if he didn’t really mature much in the ten years they were apart.
This book was told in Mia’s point of view so it was easy for me to connect to her character quite nicely; usually when reading a book in only one POV I find it easy to connect to the other person just by gauging their actions and behavior, but sadly I didn’t really feel or get where Dean was coming from.
Still, I did like it, and wish the author all the best for future books, I will definitely be checking them out.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review