Date published: February 18th, 2014
Publisher: Intermix (Penguin)
Synopsis: My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.
But he still won't leave me alone.
We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.
But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.
I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.
***This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual situations.
What I Thought:
Excuse me while I try to put together the words that will describe how much I loved this book. I guess breaking it down will help, sort of like a math equation. We've got a bad boy (I love them!) and the girl next door, and an intense hatred that's one sided while the other is unaware of the reason why. Girl goes away and comes back totally changed, unwilling to put up with the bad boy's mean ways. All the previous elements are ones I love to read about. I love strong heroines as much or maybe more than I love a bad boy.
Another thing I loved was the drama. Oh Lord was there drama! I didn't know if Tate and Jared were ever going to figure things out without bloodshed. Besides drama, there was lots and lots of chemistry and heat. If they weren't giving off sparks because of their tempers, they were sparking because of the tension between them. I really liked Tate. I loved seeing her decided enough was enough and to change the way things were for her. Jared I didn't really like in the beginning because he was both a bad boy and an @$$#*^%. Even his reason for why he was an @$$ didn't make much sense to me, but since his logic started when his thinking processes weren't fully developed I let it slide.
I ended up reading this book in one sitting. There were no pauses or respites. I was hooked and if I wasn't laughing, or cheering, I was emotional, but happy. This book was everything I'd heard it would be and I loved it more than I thought it would. I absolutely love Penelope Douglas for sharing Tate, Jared, Madoc, Fallon, Jax, and K.C. with us. I may not always like the characters all the way through the story, but you can't help but care for them and keep on reading. I'm really looking forward to seeing them in future books. And the same can be said about anything Penelope Douglas writes.
About the Author
Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.
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* I purchased a copy of this ebook when it was self published. I don't know why I waited so long to read it. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*