College is just like her old life . . . bleak. Surviving it won’t be easy, especially when the girlfriend of the guy she’s loved her entire life would rather see her dead. So much for that clean slate. Instead she’s constantly looking over her shoulder, watching, waiting and worrying.
Lucky for Emma she met The Senator’s Son.
Zach Walker is the typical rich kid . . . or is he? He’s all heart, not like all those other guys. She isn’t supposed to fall for him. She doesn’t even know if she can trust him. He is completely tempting and totally out of her league.
Slow-burning but romantic. Great tropes inside, the evil Queen Bee and the clueless best friend, the surprisingly down-to-Earth rich boy to steal everyone’s heart. I loved that nothing super crazy happened, yet enough drama to keep me turning the pages. So many questions are left unanswered, and Albo left just enough hints to drive readers crazy until they can pick up the next book!
I was drawn-in by the Queen Bee, Bianca, from her first mention in the book. At every turn I found myself asking “What the hell are you doing, Ablo? They’re in college, not high school!” But then I’d realize that the ways that Bianca bullies Emma is cliche and seemingly-unrealistic, yes, but also exactly how it happens in reality, even at a college level. Bianca quickly became a real-life villain I could hate, and I loved it.
The other great part I loved about the book is how Emma, our main girl, had a life outside of Zach, the love interest. We saw Emma interacting with her family, playing tennis at a local club, and making new friends. While I do love watching someone fall head-over-heals page after page, it’s nice to see a girl’s life continue when she’s not with the guy.
Overall, a really great book. If you’re looking for a college contemporary romance (Do we always want to read about high schoolers?) I would recommend this one.