Those were the root of all evil. One of those became the root of mine the day I lost the love of my life. My best friend. My lover.
Everyone disregarded it, saying, “Let’s face it, Averie, you have the rest of your life ahead of you.” They were wrong. James Lawrence was my ever after . . . until Ashton.
If only he didn’t come bearing his own brand of evil.
The reason he wanted me to stay away.
I should have listened, and he should have tried harder, but both of us failed. And if we hadn’t, if he had told me when we first met, would it have altered the moment I realized that I was falling for him?
The slight variation in the air. The hitch in my breath. The lightness in my chest.
Impossible to know; I’d already fallen.
I was already ruined.
***A standalone sports romance that takes place in senior year high school. Due to explicit content, this book is suitable for 17+
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Decent amount of teen angst but not over the top
Can you FEEL IT! 4.5 Stars Engaging with a heartfelt emotional rollercoaster ride. An amazing realistic storyline that had me wanting more as it took me through a whirlwind of emotions from heartache to bits of fun with enjoyable dialogue that at times I kept finding myself holding my breath jumping to conclusions always on edge throughout the cruel suspense. A great ending making all the stress and grief worth every word. I enjoyed this read and gladly recommend it.
And... this new-to-me author has found a new fan! This story was full of teenage angst, drama, youthful optimism, and feels. Are you ready to fall in love with Averie and Ashton? Averie was a heartbroken 18 year old girl trying to survive her last year in high school. After tragedy struck, her mother moved them to a new house, with a new man, a new school, and maybe some new hope? Using 'crutches' just to make it through the day, Averie finds a new circle of friends who help her heal and move on. Who knew the star quarterback, #2 in the country, would be the guy to pick up her pieces and handle her heart so carefully? Ashton was an idealistic 18 year old boy, star quarterback, popular, super freaking sweet, and a secret keeper. Most of what he did was pretty typical, but this boys heart... I really need you to discover the details for yourself. Just know that with a friend like him, compassionate and understanding, supportive and caring, Averie's tendency to spiral didn't stand a chance. Casey Diam took a story about two on-the-brink adults and gave it depth, development and devilry. With a bevy of side characters I couldn't stop myself from being invested in, this series starter has most assuredly sealed my interest. Her writing, the way she manipulates her characters, the way she manipulated me, all make me want more of her words. Looking for a sweet, steamy, small town sports romance with a lot of heart? Look no further!