I’m at a complete loss as to where to start with this review; for one I would like to have a complete soapbox rant abou...morereminiscent of Cruel Intentions
I’m at a complete loss as to where to start with this review; for one I would like to have a complete soapbox rant about Hardin but there were so much depth to him as a character I’m going to combine it all together, and two I never in a million years imagined myself reading a One Direction fanfic (hell must have frozen over LOL)
Told in first person from Tessa’s point of view. She is very analytical at the start, bordering on OCD, having lead a very sheltered life she is quiet and shy. She has been dominated by her overbearing mother, her life has been basically controlled with her mother projecting all her bitterness and regret onto Tessa. I really liked her from the beginning, even with her slightly judgemental tendencies :) For all of Tessa’s mothers faults she has always tried to provide what she thinks is best for Tessa, they have a complicated but close relationship maintained by Tessa’s desire to make her mother proud of her. Her father left when she was younger adding to her mother’s negativity.
College is a huge adjustment for Tessa, more so on a social, emotional and personal basis rather than the work. Being out from under her mother’s thumb, Tessa experience a type of freedom she has never known before, while it can be intoxicating Tessa manages to remain planted mostly in reality. Due to her mother’s domineering Tessa has lacks social skills making her an outcast. While she convinces herself she is happy the way her life is it is obvious underneath she is lonely and hesitant of people.
The biggest adjustment comes in the form of her tatted up roommate, Steph and her friends, including Hardin. Trouble with a capital T, Hardin is openly antagonistic from the offset, his defense mechanism in overdrive around Tessa. Is there a connection there? The chemistry between Tessa and Hardin is off the charts, instinctual and beyond control, is it pheromones at work or the soul-mate principle ;)
Now for my Hardin rant, OMG this guy absolutely messed with my head. He has a Jekyll and Hyde persona, he is one person with Tessa and another with his so-called friends. I was always questioning which personality was really him. Throw in his strained family situation alongside revelations about his childhood and you have one very messed up boy. I even think he may have sociopathic tendencies, showing little to no regret of his actions. He is so freaking complicated and volatile; at times I truly hated him while the snippets of his back-story played with my emotions, softening my attitude to him. Unfortunately, the inclusion of an alcoholic father and the way in which it has shapes children was uncomfortably realistic for me.
There were times when I literally wanted to shake Tessa into standing up for herself. Hardin really needed to be told to go take a hike at times. The constant love, hate, hurt cycle really messed with my head and my heart. While I was in full rant mode while reading there was no way I could put the story aside. It is very compelling, in a twisted angst filled fashion :)
Aside from Tessa’s tendency to give-in to Hardin I really liked seeing her growing confidence as the story progressed. Especially regarding her looks and style. I also really liked how comfortable she was with Hardin’s family, although I did find it a little strange hat she would embed herself so thoroughly into their lives without Hardin. I didn’t know whether to admire her ability to love and be loved or whether to think of her as needy.
My anticipation to find out what happens next is killing me. Thank goodness it is only a small wait for the next book. I can’t go without saying, I’m totally going to bitch slap Molly if she carries on with her antics. Please Anna make something bad happen to her ;)(less)
Making Headlines has a few similarities with Deeper by Robin York in respect of the fallout experienced by women specifically when their sexual activi...moreMaking Headlines has a few similarities with Deeper by Robin York in respect of the fallout experienced by women specifically when their sexual activity is made public knowledge.
Following a random hook-up the night before freshman year officially starts, Sophie finds herself the recipient of online shaming. The dual narrative provides the deeper understanding of the level of inequality still experienced in today’s society where intimate matters are concerned, essentially misogynistic in their values. The double standard toward these type of situations is passionately portrayed within the narrative.
Sophie is a wonderfully strong character with an underlying layer of vulnerability. Her goal of being an investigative journalist including her tremendous talent is put to the test in uncovering the culprit of the shaming.
Sophie’s tendency to flirt shamelessly counts against her both within the plot and also in forming a connection with the reader. It is only when the plot gets past this barrier that a true connection to Sophie is achieved, the way in which Luke views her aids this aspect. I liked Luke from the beginning even with his player reputation, he was very realistic and a typical guy. Only realizing his mistakes in retrospect :)
I really liked the aspect of the plot involving role-playing games and how they can help build self-confidence within the gamers. It made me think of all the ways this idea could be utilized in library lessons ( a librarians mind never shuts down) :)
While the story itself was enjoyable it is Sophie as a character that is the outstanding feature for me. She is a fascinating, multi-talented woman who would make a terrific role model if you disregard her excessive flirting.(less)
probably the least traumatic of the series :) utterly romantic. I dream of belonging to a family like that
Firstly, the guy on the front cover looks no...moreprobably the least traumatic of the series :) utterly romantic. I dream of belonging to a family like that
Firstly, the guy on the front cover looks nothing like COLE NOTHING – where are the tattoos???? Cole has been one of my favorite supporting characters through the series, we’ve been lucky enough to see him mature into adulthood. He is one of the lovelies guys in the book kingdom ;) Can you tell how excited I was to finally read Cole’s story. SWOON
The prologue takes an immediate turn in the imagination toward fate and destiny alongside a soul-mate connection. I especially adored how the ending mirrored the beginning bring a fullness to the story.
Told from Shannon’s point of view, she’s certainly been through the wringer where romance is concerned. You can certainly understand why she doesn’t feel as if she can trust another man again, top that with being ostracized from her family; Shannon is in a very bad place at the start of the book. Revelations are told in a flashback style and when all the details are revealed it alters your perspective regarding Shannon’s barriers.
The attraction and chemistry between Cole and Shannon is electrifying although Shannon desperately tries to fight it. Shannon has always looked for the best in people but following her disastrous relationship history she is more than a little afraid to take a chance. Throw in Cole’s tattooed, confident, hotness easily mistaken for player bad boy. Although Shannon really doesn’t give him a chance, you empathize with her. As Shannon’s barriers come down the sizzle factor between her and Cole increases.
Cole has is own baggage that causes some serious mis-communication. Yet I never once questioned the strength of his relationship with Shannon. The peripheral characters as always add a deeper connection to the story as a whole. I love the portrayal of the close knit family and friends in this series. I want to belong to them :) The progression of each relationship within the series never ceases to amaze me with each new book.
I found Echoes of Scotland Street to be the least angst filled of the series so far and utterly, utterly romantic.(less)