Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley.Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.
Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Atria Books and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Ten Tiny Breaths’ series, but can be read as a standalone novel.
18-year-old Livie is finally living her dream of following in her father’s footsteps and going to Princeton, and she’s not about to mess it all up because of a boy, but sometimes things don’t go to plan.
Waking up half-naked in her dorm room on only her second morning at college, she not only finds a naked man in the room, but also finds that they both got tattoos. Livie’s say’s ‘Livie Girl’ – what her father used to call her, while Ashton’s says ‘Irish’. Ashton won’t tell her what it means, but he does use it as her nickname, so it’s kinda like he walking around with her name tattooed on his butt.
Ashton has a reputation though. He has a long-distance girlfriend Dana, but he’s slept with half of the available girls on campus. Livie doesn’t want to be next on his list, but she also can’t help how she feels about him, even if she is dating his best friend Connor.
Is Livie set to be the next notch on Ashton’s bedpost? Does she really believe that Princeton might not really be what’s best for her after all those years of dreaming? What is Ashton hiding? And why does he call her Irish?
This was a fun contemporary romance, with a charming and sweet love interest.
I loved Livie in this story, she wasn’t as complicated as Kacey, and I loved seeing her come out of her shell as the story progressed. I loved how she had a plan and intended to stick to it, I loved how Ashton wasn’t part of that plan, and I loved how uninhibited Livie was when she got drunk.
Ashton was just yummy. The way he teased Livie, whilst at the same time telling her how he felt about her was so flirty and sweet, and the things he told her were beyond amazing. I loved how he could both make her happy and push her out of her comfort zone all at the same time.
The romance between the pair was thrilling, and some parts were so good that I kept going back and reading them again because I enjoyed them so much. Ashton definitely got my heart racing at times, although I hated it every time he pushed Livie away. I have to say that I wanted Livie to be with Ashton all along, even if he was a bit of a bad boy at times.
I liked the storyline in this book, and liked how it was lighter than ‘Ten Tiny Breaths’. I found some parts of the story really funny, which was good, but I did dislike the fact that Livie was kind-of stringing Connor along a bit. This was done in the nicest possible way though, it wasn’t like Livie was sleeping with both of them, but I did feel bad for all three of them.
I did really enjoy it though, much more than Kacey’s story, and I totally love Ashton!
Overall; a fun and sometimes steamy contemporary romance.
8 out of 10.