Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 12, 2017
Format: eARC, 287 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it. Just because I could.
When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.
Then I saw Aster.
Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have. Except…maybe I can.
So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it. I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way.
But you know what they say.
Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was so excited to see a new, standalone new adult romance from Julianna Keyes on NetGalley. It’s no big secret that I’ve loved her Burnham College series — and her adult offerings, for that matter — but I was still looking forward to seeing what she would do with new characters. I’ll admit, I was a little leery going in because of the subject matter. A guy trying to steal his roommate’s girlfriend? Would there be cheating? Could I find a guy like that swoony? There was NO REASON for me to be concerned. Julianna did an amazing job with this book and even if I was a little iffy towards Aiden in the beginning, it didn’t take long before I was singing his praises and putting him on my swoony book boys list.
I don’t want to get too far into the storyline on this one because, honestly, I think it’s a book it’s just best to experience. What I will say is that it took me by surprise in a lot of ways. Both Aiden and Aster were multi-dimensional and they each had some great development over the course of this book. For some reason, I expected this book to be a light and maybe even dirty book. It wasn’t heavy, but it did punch me in the feels quite a bit. Unexpectedly, even. I was in deep with these characters and rooting for them both together and separately.
I read this one from cover to cover in a matter of mere hours. Aiden and Aster were totally addictive and I couldn’t stop once I started. The romance was sweet and, yes, sexy. I enjoyed the character development nearly as much as the romance. It was wonderful to watch these two learn who they really are and come into their own. I absolutely loved this book. It’s definitely going on my “reread in the future” pile.
“If someone cheats, it’s not out of character. It’s out of line. Out of bounds. Out of the realm of possibility. He’s just another guy who looks like one thing but acts like another. I’ve had enough of that.”
When I met Aster, I thought she was the light I’d been waiting for. But I was wrong. She was the spark.
Aiden’s the only guy in my life to see all of me. The person I was and the person I want to be and the person I am now. And for whatever reason, he’s still looking.
I didn’t think happiness was real, and I definitely didn’t think it was tangible, something you could hold, touch, feel. But now, as I slide my fingers through Aster’s hair and press my lips to hers, I see that I was the best kind of wrong.
Do you enjoy Julianna’s books as much as I do?