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Avery's life changed at a Halloween party five years ago and she has ran clear across the country for college to get away from the aftermath. She's determined to succeed in college and, hopefully, make a few friends along the way. But when she literally falls into Cam's arms, her plans change. She knows avoiding him is the best thing she can do, but Cam makes her want things she never thought she'd want. Cam's gorgeous face is everywhere and she quickly learns avoiding him isn't possible. The two become so close that when Avery begins receiving threatening and insulting emails and texts, Cam demands to know what's going on. Avery knows she can't hide from her past forever, but she's damn well going to try, even if it destroys her relationship with Cam. Can Cam get the truth from her?
Holy fucknuggets Batman! I am beginning to believe that Jennifer L Armentrout can't write a bad book. Actually, I'm starting to believe that she can't write anything that isn't fucking epic and overly addictive. I started this on an audiobook, just planning on listening it to it some around the house....yeah, about that. I ended up spending an entire afternoon listening while I did other things (::coughs:: played Pokemon X) and then switching to a the ARC I won forever ago and staying up until 2 in the morning because I couldn't stop. This book is just as good, if not better, than the Obsidian series. Cam and Daemon are equally hot and I can't pick between the two. That alone is a massive compliment. Okay, enough fangirling.
Avery, oh Avery. I love her and I understand her situation, but she really should have told Cam about her past long before she did. Cam's devotion to her is obvious and she should know that it won't lower his opinion of her. She's so damaged and fragile, but strong at the same time. She survived that horrible event and waited for the opportune moment to get the hell away from those assholes she has to call a family. Her family, by the way, left me speechless. I don't understand how people can react that way.****SPOILER****You daughter was raped and instead of hiring a lawyer with the epic amount of money you have and suing the pants off the man responsible, you accept a bribe from his family and force said daughter to sign a nondisclosure agreement? WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU? When his parents showed up, you should have told them to fuck off and informed the police that they were attempting to bribe you. This is your only daughter and he hurt her in a way that is beyond unacceptable, but you don't seem to fucking care. I don't have kids, but I sure as hell know my reaction would have been completely different. I'd probably be in jail for murdering the fucker, no lawyer or justice system necessary.****END SPOILER****
Then there is our swoon-worthy Cam. Tall with piercing blue eyes and a body that would make a saint sin, he's the man of every girls dreams, except our dear Avery. Watching him befriend her and ask her on a date, repeatedly, was thoroughly entertaining. Hell, watching Cam do anything would be thoroughly entertaining. Can I have him? Please? New book-boyfriend material here!
Seriously, this guy goes out of his way to help Avery in anyway he can. He's so fucking sweet to her, even though she's a damn idiot and still pushes him away for the better part of this book. Come on people, he has a pet tortoise name Raphael! He's hot! He's smart! He's not a flaming jackass like the majority of guys! What the fuck more could she want? I've said it before, but it's worth repeating, Jennifer L Armentrout really knows how to write a swoon-worthy male lead. They all seem to have that "I'm hot and I know it" attitude that comes off as cute instead of annoying.
The writing is amazing, but that was expected, right? It has everything I need, with the mystery of trying to discover exactly what happened to Avery (and if she'll ever say yes to Cam), humor with lots of witty banter between the main two, and romance with so many smexy scenes, I probably couldn't read it in public without blushing. It's the first NA I've read with an unabashedly detailed masturbation scene, which was an interesting change. Being a NA, we get a good douse of swear words, which always puts a smile on my face, as well as the avoidance of the dreaded insta-love, love triangle, and cliffhanger. There is only one interest for Avery and Cam, each other, and their story wraps up relatively well.
I'm officially adding everything J Lynn to my TBR list and to my list of "good" NA authors. I never really questioned that it was going to be good, but I wasn't quite it expecting the epicness that I got. If only all NA could be this good, then I'd constantly be in heaven...and also I'd never be able to make myself go to work. Who can work when so many amazing words wait ahead? There is no question here, if you like NA or are just a Jennifer L Armentrout fan, read this. Like now. It's worth whatever you are not give up doing instead, trust me!