Ellie Martin hates her beautiful, man-crazy mother. Her mother’s wild and wanton behavior has left Ellie with a deep longing. To escape. To belong. To know who her real dad is. To really be loved. Her mother finally crosses a line that sends Ellie running, escaping to college with one, focused goal–to find and confront her bio dad, who doesn’t even know she exists. Then she meets Logan. Hot, charming, and troubled. He turns her world upside down and puts all her plans in jeopardy. Logan Walker is hiding a shameful and painful secret. One that nearly cost him everything. When he meets the beautiful and mysterious Ellie at a Week of Welcome event, something inside him awakens and he finds himself drawn to her. But the attraction they both feel for each other is as delicate as the web of secrets they each hide behind. And as the truths are revealed, their reckless longing may not survive the fallout.
I'm not going to sugar-coat it, I really didn't like this book much. Part of it was the writing. The word "hot" was used 94 times! Hardly any of those 94 times was "hot" used in reference to temperature. And the word "bitch" was used another 32 times!!! (I didn't actually count, but those two words were used enough that I noticed myself getting sick of them, and I just had to use that feature on my Kobo to find out if I was imagining things.) Hopefully this word overusage was noted in the ARC and changed before publishing. It's just one of those things that some readers, like myself, will find annoying.
By the end of the book, I didn't respect or like Ellie at all. What she did in order to get a good grade in one of her classes was really manipulative. It seemed that even though she didn't come up with the plan and was uncomfortable with it in the beginning, by the end she had embraced her inner "bitch" (sorry, had to!) and was fighting dirty and even illegally. I'm okay with morally corrupt characters when it's warranted, but for some reason, it just didn't work in this book for me. I think it was because we, as readers, aren't supposed to think of Ellie as morally corrupt.
Ellie also seemed very bitter and whiny to me. She overanalysed everything that ever happened between her and Logan - why didn't he call me, does he like me, should I wear the white bikini in case he's there, etc. Haha, kind of reminds me of me and my friends in college, ironically! It was pretty tedious living through it the first time, maybe I just didn't feel like living through it in a book.