Before, Peyton was a star soccer player with the perfect boyfriend, Reed. Now, she has a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a shattered sense of self. No one believes Reed pushed her, causing her injury, and Peyton just wants to leave the trauma behind. Living with her uncle and twin cousins in their small, football-obsessed town seems like a great escape plan.
There, Peyton meets Owen—high school classmate and local MMA fighter. Though Owen is charming and gentle, Peyton is determined to repress her growing attraction. But when her old and new life collide, Peyton must reclaim the truth of her past in order to save her future. (Goodreads)
Let me start off by saying how much I loved the cover of this book! It caught my attention from the very first look and kept my attention till I read the very last word. I didn’t want to put this book down. This was my first read by Kami Garcia and definitely will not be my last. The first thing I did after finishing this was look to see what other books of hers I could get my hands on.
Garcia’s writing was beautiful and I loved the characters she created for this story. The main character in the story is Peyton and I found her the most difficult character to connect with personally. She was flawed and authentic and while I found myself frustrated with her she was written in a way that makes her actions totally understandable. I think a lot of readers are really going to connect and respond well to her character. Owen was such a great character to put alongside Peyton. They each faced their own issues throughout the story and I loved the way Garcia blended them together. I can’t say enough good things about the secondary characters in this story. While I like how this story wrapped things up, part of me is hoping that Garcia gives us more of the twins!
This story had a little bit of everything. It tackled issues that are very present and real in today’s society and I love how Garcia used this story to convey the challenges many women face when it comes to speaking up about domestic violence. While Peyton may not have been my favourite characters at times I loved the growth she had in her relationships. Not only with Owen but with her family as well.
Overall, this was a really emotional and heart-warming story and I loved every minute of it! If you are looking for a YA story that pulls you in and makes you feel every emotion than this is definitely the story for you.
Thank you Raincoast Books for providing me with a copy for review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.