While fashion design major Caroline Hunter may have been born economically unlucky, in college, she’s been lucky in love. Until her senior year at Southern University. She’s gone from a serious long term boyfriend to a string of crappy dates.
Then she meets mathematics grad student Reed Pendergraft.
Reed is everything she’s not looking for. Serious. Headed for a low paying university job. Boring. Caroline spent the first eighteen years of her life wondering where her next meal was coming from. She sure wasn’t getting trapped in that life again with a man living on a professor’s salary.
Just when she thinks she has everything figured out, she finds that her entire life has been redesigned, thanks to Reed Pendergraft.
I read the first book in this series After Math, a couple of years ago and I remembered really enjoying it. When I first read the blurb for this book, I didn't think it was something I would like based on the main character being a design students. I don't know why I do this, but I'm always turned off of books based on what the character studies or what their job is, but then when I do end up reading them I end up really enjoying it so I don't know. Anyway, I read the book and I surprisingly enjoyed it, although there were a few things that I was disappointed with but I'll get to those.
First of all, I really liked the romance in this book. I liked that it started off as one of those 'love to hate' sort of relationships which developed into something more. I feel like when they're done right, they can be the best sorts of relationships. I also liked that there was no love triangle (or none that was worth mentioning anyway).
My issues with this book are limited, but they are also pretty major to the plot line. Firstly, I think that this book focused way too much on Reed's sister Lexi. I understand her issues are part of Reed's character development, but I also think that it was a little unnecessary at times, especially that I now know that Lexi gets her own book. I don't think it did much to this particular story, to have that as a main plot point to be honest. I also didn't understand why it was such a big deal. I'm not going to say what it is, but the big plot twist was so predictable, and while it was shocking, I didn't understand what the big deal was and why it was such a secret.
I also found Reed to be very over protective. You later understand the reasons behind this which I found to be valid, but nonetheless I think that their relationship was slightly unhealthy. I did really like Reed though. He was a very normal character.
Caroline on the other hand, really got on my nerves at times. Some of the things she would say were just unbelievable. For example, "I strike him off as potential date material. For one, he's in the math department so we would have nothing in common, but most importantly, I can't imagine a college professor makes much money." OMG who even says that? Where are her morals? And yes, her whole reasoning behind this is explained in the book, but I would think she would be the complete opposite because of what happened to her. I don't know, it just didn't make sense to me. Apart from that major character flaw, I did really like her
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. If it weren't for the main plot being slightly unrelated to the story line, and for my issues with the main character, this book would have been damn near perfect.
Would I recommend? Yes
For fans of: New Adult romance e.g. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Overall rating: 4/5
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