Autumn Dorey had no problem leaving her hometown of Newpine and the friends there who’d betrayed her. Everyone thought they knew what happened the spring night Autumn’s world fell apart. Vicious rumors about the incident circulated, and she had to be homeschooled the last year of high school to escape her tormentors. All she wants now is to get away from it all and start over at Cook University. She leaves everything but the memory behind—something she swore she’d never forget—and sets off to rebuild what was broken.
Blake Preston is precisely the type of guy Autumn wants to avoid. He’s gorgeous, arrogant and the college’s beloved football star. As much as she believes he’s someone she should steer clear of, avoiding him proves to be impossible. He shows up everywhere around campus, offering her a no-strings attached friendship.
Autumn can’t deny Blake stirs up emotions she thought fled years ago. But things he’s been hiding begin to emerge and collide with her past, leaving her heart ravaged in their wake.
This was my first read by Heather Topham Wood and she secured a new fan! It really was a sweet and realistic story about 2 people with scarred pasts that really need hope and Forgiveness. You will easily fall in love with Blake and Autumn, they are such fun characters and the story is so real! I love that they start out as friends, and not for like a week, but for months before they get the courage to try for more. If they tried sooner it would have never worked because they weren't ready until it actually happens.
The characters are fun, spunky, and you don't get bored. Blake May doubt himself but he is the man of every girls fantasy!!! I loved the flow and the writing and the pace at which it all builds. I really cannot wait to read more from her! The way she writes could probably make me love a book about broccoli :-)
BUT this is far from that!!! Yes it's romance, but also so much more that! Bullying is a big topic and I love that she made a story about that since it's such a HUGE problem with our kids and even adults! The only word I can think is PERFECT! Everything from the writing style, the characters, the plot, the romance, EVERYTHING! Love love love!!!
Rating: 5 stars
“I actually bought you something,” Blake said and picked up a shopping bag set on the floor beside him.
I removed it from his hands when he held it out for me. My eyebrows lifted as I noticed the cylinder shape of the package. I looked at the tag on the packaging before giving him a questioning look.
He explained, “They had a poster version of the flower painting you liked. I thought you could hang it up. Maybe get rid of those bare walls you’re so fond of.” I watched his Adam’s apple bob as he tried to bring a little levity to the mood. “You can’t hold me accountable for any dirty thoughts I may have when I come over though.”
He rendered me speechless and I was desperately trying to put a lid on the emotions wanting to bubble over. My only companion for two years had been fear and anxiety. But Blake was eliciting feelings I had forgotten about. He made me feel like there was a world of possibility open. Blake Preston had managed to get under my skin.
“Thank you,” I managed, my eyes dropping to his sneakers. I had so many questions and I wasn’t ready for him to see them yet. Were we only friends? Or was every day we spent together leading up to more? For someone who insisted on keeping things platonic, he was becoming the master of changing the rules.
Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. She’s the author of the paranormal romance Second Sight series and the New Adult standalone novels The Disappearing Girl and Falling for Autumn.
Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today, Livestrong.com, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.