Author: Elyssa Patrick
Release Date: August 30th, 2013
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
With one look, I’m his . . .
With one touch, he’s mine . . .
With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .
I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.
When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.
But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.
Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.
Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.
Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.
We first meet singer, dancer, and actress Hailey Bloom as she's transitioning from her life of fame and fortune in Hollywood to life of normal, blend into the crowd college student in Vermont. While most people dream of the life Hailey had, she is just trying to escape the betrayal and devastation that comes with living in the spotlight. At her first college party she meets the dark and mysterious Caleb Fox. Although it is definitely mutual attraction on both their parts, Hailey is hesitant about getting close to Caleb because of her past damage. But Caleb continues to pursue her and Hailey realizes she's not in Hollywood anymore and she can trust Caleb.
But Hailey is still carrying around a deep secret, one she is afraid would cause Caleb to leave her if he ever knew the truth. And even though she has escaped across the country, it still doesn't stop tabloids and rumors following her, especially when her own mother is one who is fueling the gossip. Can Caleb break down all of Hailey's tightly fortified walls or will he give up when she continually refuses to let him all the way in. Will Hailey be able to accomplish her goal of being "normal" or will she always carry her Hollywood darling, starlet image?
I really liked the way Patrick wrote the developing relationship between Hailey and Caleb. Although the were initially attracted to each other they did something crazy: they date. She meets his friends and family, becomes friends with his sister, and over time the bond grows stronger and they fall in love with each other. She also does a fantastic job at writing sex scenes! This would be a perfect example of a new adult book, not over the top with the sexual content but hot hot hot. I really enjoyed the secondary characters. This is a more-than worthy addition to the comparable new adult romances out there now. It was breath of fresh air with no insta-love, no soap opera angst, no drama at every turn. It is a well developed love story with very likable characters and extra enjoyable with the bonus of very well written sexual relationship. I will definitely be following the series; I loved Caleb's sister, Daphne with all her attitude and spice, Nick's overprotectiveness of her could lead to a very combusting relationship. Plus Caleb's sexy and quiet librarian friend, Griff possibly getting together with the soft, dreamy artist Kate.
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Elyssa Patrick writes sexy, emotional contemporary romances and New Adult. She is currently working on her next novel.