December, 13th 2012 (Indie-Pub)
Kayden has grown up all his life under the fists of his alcoholic father, but the community and all his friends only see the outside: a well to do family, respected pillars and the outrageously good looking quarterback all star son. While Kayden has masked himself in popularity, sports and girls, he really only wants to get out after graduation and break away from the violence that surrounds him everyday. Even with his popularity all of Kayden's pain is hidden, he won't talk to anyone and he certainly cannot share with friends or family what he does to deal with that pain.
One night changes everything for Kayden, and that is the night Callie stumbles upon him being beaten by his father. She interrupts the fight, helps Kayden clean up and hurry's just as fast out of his life, until weeks later when they run into each other at the same college. The encounter brings them together and undeniable sparks fly everywhere, considering Callie knows Kayden's secret, she is one of first people he's ever been able to talk to. Callie however will not open up, the memories are so fresh, her trust is so low that every time an emotion escapes her she fights the urge to throw it all up (literally) but she also can't resist Kayden and the overwhelming feelings she has towards him. There has never been a boyfriend and even though college has brought independence and an amazing best friend who helped her find confidence, Callie is afraid to take the next step with Kayden. Fear of rejection and PTSD symptoms from her assault are all working against something she never thought was possible, love. Everything is at the boiling point for our young characters, true love is really happening but Kayden along with Callie is keeping secrets and life will never be the same after the line of no going back gets crossed.
I liked the time I spent reading this book, I loved that I saw a path of healing and a coming to grips with the issues. I loved the relationships of friends, the significance of trust and watching the characters being able to move past horrific ordeals, however as sexy and lighthearted the author tried make this, its still a hard read, considering the drama was all the possible worst things that kids can go through, rape and abuse are nothing to be entertained by. With the book split between both characters you go from Callie's issues of sexual assault to Kayden's desire of wanting to push his boy parts in her, a truly conflicting experience for the reader. I guess the question to ponder is will you walk away with a unique experience or be entertained by the issues for the sake of a dramatic read?