This is the story of Noel, a student and Aspen, a teacher and the all-consuming love they find in each other. This book is no way taboo, it's sweet, tender and totally NA!!! just adorable!!
This book has mixed reviews and I can understand why; I liked it as a whole but, I actually agree the story is bombarded with cliché’s and several WTF moments that lulled the amazing possibilities of the plot-line.
This was supposed to be a “forbidden romance” and in a way it is, but without taking the chance to make it realistic. Why I say this? Well, for starters, Dr. Kavanagh is only 23 years old, a very much “needed” situation to appease maybe the author and readers because let’s face it: a story about a cougar and a 20 year old boy wouldn’t have flown in the New Adult world. (Although I would have totally read it)
How did the author accomplish a 3 year gap between the main characters? She gave Aspen a very high IQ, therefore she skipped school a few years; her goal is to teach and she already finished a PhD. (That was easy, right?) She is also shy, introverted and doesn’t have any friends LITERALLY, not even a darn imaginary one… poor girl. She has a past trauma that involves a football player in high school (typical drama, used in too many novels these days)
On the other hand, we have Noel Gamble, the football player, super star QB with a poverty background and a very, very screwed up family dynamic. He practically supports his three siblings. Obviously he has a reputation (cliché) with women who throw themselves at him unabashedly. What can I say, the bad-boy-screws-girls-like-a-true-asshat-but-does-it-because-he-has-issues-but-deep-down-I-am.sweet-and-a-softy-good-boy….. bla bla bla equals = TRITE.
If you manage to withstand my writing and read up to this line, you may be thinking, why the hell did she give the book 4 stars? The truth is, like I said beforehand, I really liked the book as a whole. If you take hold of the story and the way these two actually fit together; their chemistry and the hotness once they give in! It is worth the effort. They evolve and grow together, they fall hopelessly in love despite their young age, despite their circumstances and Aspen learns to let go of her fears and overcomes all the setbacks in her life. And.. Kudos for the epilogue! I loved it.
I also loved the idea of inviting the whole gang behind this book. We see appearances from Mase and Reese and how this, eventually will evolve into more stories. Of course, I need to state, for the record, that the whole Mrs. R.. showing up: unnecessary… pointless… lame… could have lived without that.. really.
Wrapping up I can say that I am in love with every character! Mase, Reese, Sarah, Eva, Pick, Noel, Aspen, Ten (Zero), Caroline and Quinn *sighs*.