River Tate is a god on campus.
The king of football.
A tattooed bad boy with gunmetal eyes that see right through you.
The only chink in his armor is her, the girl he pretends doesn’t exist, the forbidden one with the shy smile and lavender hair.
Anastasia Bailey is a nobody.
The queen of nothing.
An outsider with the face of an angel and a body made for sin.
The only chink in her armor is him, her boyfriend’s frat brother, the football player who hates her.
But when Anastasia’s life comes crashing down, River’s the one who sweeps in and picks up the pieces.
Torn between loyalty, lies, and secrets, he battles the temptation to take everything from her when they make their revenge pact.
He can’t tell her no.
Because revenge (or love) is, sweet, and once you get a taste, the craving never ends
I once thought it was easy to get lost in books, but the more I read, the more I realize there is a difference between getting lost and living in it.
I can tell which book will make the whole world disappear instantly and how in reading the words in front of me, I will feel them in my heart. I will see the characters in such a vivid way and not in terms of appearance but in terms of their feelings – I have never been able to imagine the characters’ faces in books. Though I do feel them, and it is much more mesmerizing.
My quote from the book:
“Talking does not make the pain go away, but it gives the person who died a name in the universe, and that is what makes them important.”
I do not tend to quote sentences in my reviews, but I’ve read this sentence, and it just spoke to me. Because I lost my mother, this sentence went deep into my heart.
There are two main characters in each book, but the female character is the “lead” most of the time. The heroine tells most of the story from her point of view; the prologue and/or epilogue are also her POV but not here, not with this hero. I believe River was the main character. He was the lead, the star, and the focal point.
I have no shadow of a doubt that he is the star in this book. He’s the star of this writer for me. He’s just everything. He’s endearing, deep, complicated (and not like a typical man), he’s full of layers and full of emotion, he’s not perfect, but he is so very perfect.
To read this book is to get into River’s life more than Anastasia’s life, and even though she too is lovely and lovable, River is something else. I have not come across such a unique character for a long time, if at all.
I don’t know how to describe the book to you without spoiling it because it is almost 500 pages, but I feel that any description I give of the connection between River and Anastasia will ruin it for you.
I’ll write that if you want to read a more mature, exciting, honest, and loving college book – read this book, and if you won’t fall in love with River…. I might not want to talk to you : /