So the premises of this story intrigued me because of an experiences I had in college similar to it.
It is actually interesting that for “men/boys” they want what they can’t have or that may be unattainable and is perceived that other “men/boys” have. I don’t get it. It is like reverse psychology or something
Garret is you’re a typical jock. He plays for a division I college Hockey team in Massachusetts. His father was a pro hockey player and expects his son to follow in the same footsteps. He is one of the hottest guys on campus and Mr. Popular with the ladies. Sleeps around, but not a big drinker during the season. He has one problem his Ethics class. It was originally supposed to be an easy A, but a new teacher has taken over and is now making it difficult for Garret and many other students to pass. Garret flunked his midterm, and has the chances to take it over. If he doesn’t pass the test he will not be allowed to play Hockey. He needs help and that is where Hannah comes in.
Hannah is music major. Singing is her solaces. It keeps her balance and dispels any of the bad memories she has from high school and her small town in Indiana. She is on scholarship and keeps to herself. Even though she struggles with being assertive with men, she has a major crush on Justin Khol, so he a receiver for the college football team. He doesn’t even notice her, and she isn’t helping her cause, by not speaking to him. She has no idea what to do; but Garret does. Hannah and Garret are in the Ethics class together, and he discovers she got an A on the midterm. He pursues her into tutoring him. Practically stalking her everywhere.
The only way Garret gets Hannah to agree to help him, is by improving her social status and going on a date with her, to get Justin to notice her. He says to Hannah...
“You know what intrigues guys even more than the chase? ...A woman who’s out of reach. People want what they can’t have.”
This is such a FACT! Side note, I tried this in college. My freshmen year, didn’t get asked out on one date. Sophomore year I asked out 3 different guys for consecutive weekends. After that I was asked out for every weekend for the rest of the semester till I end up date a guy for a few months. It is so weird how the male mind works. Okay so back to the book.
This book is great. It was fun to read, and the banter between Garret and Hannah is hilarious. They know exactly what buttons to push to get each other railed up. The history of Garret and his father is genuine. You can tell there is resentment and hidden turmoil between them, but you don’t know exactly why until over half away through the book. I enjoyed that it kept you on your toes. Hannah demons we are informed of at the begin of the book, she was raped in high school. We don’t find out all the particulars till she confides in Garret.
These two find trust with one another that is so important in any relationship. I think it is great how they become fast friends that give each other hell, and they evolve into more. I would love to see a book about their relationship after Garret enters the draft, and what happens to them.
Award-winning author Suzanne McKenna Link brings you her powerful and moving debut novel set on the South Shore of Long Island. Saving Toby is the first book of a two-part story that follows the emotional and inspirational tale of a young couple's journey to find themselves.
Taking Toby's side means Claudia will be forced to face situations she never imagined. She will have to be tougher than she's ever had to be
Does Claudia have the grit to love Toby through his fall?
Full length, New Adult Contemporary love story. No cliff hanger.
*Contains strong language and explicit scenes. Ages 18+ recommended.
Received an ARC from Author for honest review.
This book is an emotional roller-coaster for our two main characters. We have Claudia who is still trying to find herself. She is in that awkward stage between adulthood and adolescence. Should she still rely on her father for everything and if so follow his laid out plan for her; or, does she blaze her own path? Then we have Toby. The poor guy was handed a crappy situation from the get-go. With his external negative influences, shaping who he believes he is, Toby goes through many emotional and physical obstacles.
One thing I liked about this book was how real and raw it was. The characters had many struggles and the author illustrates them with an honest interpretation.
Claudia is the main focus for the first half of the book. She grew up with a strong father who expected her to be the ideal daughter. Claudia didn't get into trouble. She was a "good girl," but in college she begins to realize that she wants more. Living under daddy's thumb isn't going to let her get very far. She has to stand up for herself. Her dream to attend USC (GO TROJANS) is inspiring. She doesn't give up and devotes all her energy and focus on getting into the degree program. When she allows herself a break and to reevaluate her situation, that is when she truly and finally allow Toby in.
Personal Thoughts and Spoilers
I received an ARC for an Honest Review.
If you like dark romances where the characters that have many struggles; this is your kind of book. I am used to characters that come with a truck-load of baggage, but there was just a little too much for me. There is: death, drugs, alcohol, rape, lies, mobsters, murder, and sex. I give the book an overall rating of 3 stars. The characters were well developed.
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