on March 17, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.
Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.
Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.
And those things…they were the scariest of all.
I don’t usually read YA but Ginger Scott wrote it, so I had to read it. This story reminds me of that young love you get and want to hold on to. She makes you reminisce about the first love you experienced, that holds a special place in your heart.
Both the hero and heroine in this story had heartbreaking things they are both getting over. Owen, is still dealing with the aftermath of his dad’s death many years later while Kensi is moving on from a betrayal.
When Kensi moves from Chicago to Woodstock for her senior year of high school her life completely changes. She is forced to give up her friends, her piano lessons, and city life. She is a thrown for a loop especially after meeting her neighbor, Owen. He is the guy that gets under her skin almost immediately. Owen’s family is known as the wild family and many stay away and believe all the rumors that surround them. Not only does he have to deal with the aftermath of his father’s death, but also his junkie brother. He is the glue that holds his family together.
“Since the moment my eyes met Owen Harper’s, he has owned me, terrified me, consumed me, and I don’t even remember the girl I was before him anymore.”
I am a sucker for enemies to lovers story. I loved the push and pull that Kensi and Owen had on the journey of their senior year. I will say that I was a bit disappointed in the way that Owen acted for part of the book. I thought it was a bit unnecessary but I also loved the way that Kensi reacted towards his indifference. I will also say that Owen did have his soft spots too and you know that his love for Kensi is absolutely genuine. He is an incredibly selfless person, always looking out for his family.
Kensi for me was such a kick-butt heroine. She made the book for me. She was strong, determined, talented, and just awesome. After being dealt a doozy of a betrayal she doesn’t back down from her stance and fights for what she thinks is right. She also puts Owen in his place when he acted immature and aloof.
“Everybody is going to know that you are mine, and that I am yours.. And if I have to do it with you all weekend to make sure that look of bliss is permanent on your face-I will.”
I really enjoyed this story. It dealt with some very heavy themes for being YA but it made the impact of the book that more powerful. I recommend this one to anyone looking for a book that will suck you right in!