by Addison Moore
Release Date: 9/17/13
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Baya Brighton is looking forward to her first year at Whitney Briggs University, new friends, dorm life, and finally being close to her brother again. Love is the last thing on the list, but when Baya meets her brother’s roommate she begins to have thoughts and feelings that make even her blush.
Bryson Edwards has a secret he prefers buried in the past and long forgotten. He prefers loose girls, fast cars, and long nights working at the string of bars his family owns. When his roommate’s sister shows up on the scene, she’s far too innocent and sweet for him but he can’t shake Baya out of his mind and worse, it looks like she’s seeping into his heart as well.
Baya seems determined to show her brother she’s not a little kid and equally determined to use Bryson’s body to prove her point. It’s been made pretty clear that Baya is off limits to Bryson but their undeniable sparks explode into a whole lot more than just a few 3:AM KISSES.
My Rating: 3 1/2 Coffee Cups
Baya Brighton is the epitome of sheltered girl goes to college. She has always been sheltered from life, over protected to the point of not being able to experience anything that a young teenage girl should be allowed to. She is the "good girl" and has always excelled at being exactly that. Her brother is the biggest cause of this. She will always be her baby sister. He is over protective to the nth degree and believes that she can do no wrong. It was easy for him to hold her on so high a pedestal being that he lived miles upon miles away in his college apartment. That is until Baya joined him at Whitney Briggs University.
Her first day there started with her pretty much giving a peep show of her "girls" to essentially the most attractive guy she's ever seen in person- all while trying to move all of her things into her dorm room. Her adoring brother is nowhere to be found, so she is stuck accepting the help of the infuriatingly cocky Bryson Edwards. After a few more simultaneously insipid and intriguing comments Bryson agrees to walk her over to where her brother Cole lives. Interestingly enough with him. Immediately upon entering the apartment Baya's completely sheltered, PG rated world is thrown for an insane loop. Her loving, adoring, respectable big brother, yeah he's an effing man-whore. He actually has a game going about it. You heard of the saying "notches on a headboard"? Welp, his are a little more public and located on his bedroom door frame. And there are literally hundreds of them. Baya doesn't learn this by asking Bryson why people are carving their door frames (because of course he's in on this game too). Nope she learns this by the wonderful moaning, groaning and headboard banging noises going on in the room delegated as his. And by the set of twins that come out of his room barely dressed.
I enjoyed this book, but the double standard that Cole holds Baya to throughout this story drives me completely and totally batty. He is a slut. There is no other word for it. It's truly disgusting. But Baya isn't allowed to even explore being in a relationship. Even if it's with someone she truly cares about and who cares about her in return.
That is the true redeeming factor of this book for me. Bryson and Baya's relationship. And what makes it so much better is the dual point of views. Baya is all innocence and trust and sweetness. Although Bryson comes across as the second biggest man-whore of Whitney U. you see pretty early on that it is not the case. He is damaged. He has a past and major skeletons in his closet that force him to believe that he doesn't deserve anything good to happen in his life. But Baya opens his heart up. She helps him to believe that he is a better person than he thinks he is. His relationship with his family is amazing, he's intelligent and on a path to truly good things. Baya makes him live again.
Throughout the major obstacles in this book you root for them to make it. You honestly want nothing but happiness for the both of them. And man the twist at the end.... didn't see it coming!
PS- I'm calling it now, Cole is totally going to wind up with his own book. Stay tuned ;)
(Baya’s Point of View, talking to Bryson about… well, you can probably guess.)
“I don’t know anything about that kind of stuff.” I glance down at my shorts a moment. “I want to know everything. I want you to teach me.”
“I will.” He swims up besides me and rumbles in my ear with a kiss. His heart beats over my shoulder like a hammer straight to the bone. “I plan on leaving no stone unturned, Baya. Believe me, I’ll be thorough with the lesson.” Bryson growls into his words as if there were a psychotically sexy threat imbedded in there somewhere, and my insides cinch.
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Tidbits on the Author:
Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.
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