That’s me––Tingly Simmons––athlete, foreign-language major, professor lover, obsessed idiot girl. Definitely not a frat rat or sorority slut. I’ve never even played beer pong. I ditched the vapid, soulless high-society life of Los Angeles for the promise of something more meaningful in rural Ohio. Accepting a track scholarship for college, I tried running my way to happiness, but instead I ended up sleeping with my French professor and falling head over heels for him. When that relationship fell apart, so did I. Barely hanging on by a thread and using the most absurd coping skills, I was determined to hide behind my past indiscretions. That was, until I met Tiberius Jones. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d learn the truth about love from a six-foot-five basketball player.
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Tiberius was the star player in this book! He was an awesome guy with such a touching back story. I really loved his character a lot. He had a tough childhood with an MIA father but somehow he managed to defy the odds around him and find success. He was determined to be the type of man his father wasn't.
Tingly had to grow on me a bit. I didn't like the way she treated Tiberius for a good portion of the book. Tingly is a runner on the track team. And, perhaps that was why she spent so much time "running away" from him. :) It was okay at first because she is a little gun shy when it comes to men now. But it got to the point where I felt like she was just being overly dramatic.
Tingly needed a guy like Tiberius to come into her life. He was patient, caring and liked to take things slow and easy. He wanted something real and whether she believed it or not, she needed that too. She was always taking things fast and because of that, she was missing out on an important part of forming a true relationship, which is friendship. I liked the way Tiberius was able to help Tingly actually stop and take notice of the little things that matter between couples. I think that was my favorite part of the story.
This is a type of New Adult romance I had never read before and I thought it was refreshingly different. And, I love that it was an interracial romance but the focus wasn't necessarily on race. It was more about their attraction to each other.
Very well written, engaging, heartwarming... pretty good NA... it ticks all the boxes!
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation. She currently shares her reading recommendations on HEA at USA Today. Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously. Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues. Find me on my website / Twitter / Facebook Sign up for my newsletter for the latest news on releases, sales, giveaways and other updates.