on February 8th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Dakota Madison returns with another spicy sports romance. This story set in the world of college basketball.
Neuroscience student Sedona Miller is perfectly imperfect. SheÔÇÖs slightly nerdy and slightly eccentric, but completely brilliant.
When an unfortunate accident leaves Sedona with an injured arm and sheÔÇÖs fired from her part-time job shelving books at the university library she has to find a new gig fast.
The only job available mid-semester is working as a tutor for the athletic academic center. And the notorious bad boy of the universityÔÇÖs basketball team, Jesse Walker, is the one and only guy on the new tutorÔÇÖs roster.
But when Sedona discovers a secret that could ruin the schoolÔÇÖs winning basketball team doing the right thing could mean destroying the only guy sheÔÇÖs ever loved.
Sedona Miller knows what she wants, and is well on her way to getting it. She is deeply entrenched in trying to make it through the remaining days of her undergraduate studies, hanging out with her roommate Lewis, and planning for the future. That is, until life throws a curveball, er, minivan in her way. Her injured arm causes a change in jobs so she can make ends meet. She decides sheÔÇÖs going to take on tutoring athletes. In turn, she meets Jesse Walker. Her world is about to be turned upside down by someone who lives in a completely different world. Jesse opens her eyes and her heart.
Jesse isnÔÇÖt exactly what you would expect out of university basketball player. On the surface, he is the hot guy every girl is lining up to meet and day (and well, other things, too).┬á However, what lies beneath the surface is an even better prize. HeÔÇÖs a sweet, considerate man, but heÔÇÖs vulnerable. He wants to take the time to learn about Sedona; what makes her happy, why she thinks what she does, what will make her smile. He wants her heart. She already has his, and she doesnÔÇÖt even know it.
ÔÇ£ThereÔÇÖs only one person in this little love triangle who is capable of breaking hearts, and thatÔÇÖs youÔÇØ
ÔÇ£You have absolutely no idea, do you? YouÔÇÖre the one with my heart in your hands.ÔÇØ
Yep, hereÔÇÖs a side plot hint.┬á ThereÔÇÖs a love triangleÔÇª Oh, there are a few other surprises along, the way, too. Luckily, Sedona has Jesse by her side to help her weather these situations.
What Sedona doesnÔÇÖt know is that Jesse has a secret. And itÔÇÖs a big one.┬á Can she stay with him, even when she finds out what heÔÇÖs hiding? Can they make it together or are they too different? Can she do what she knows needs to be done? What about Jesse?┬á What about her heart?
This book is done so wonderfully.┬á The lead man is a departure from the cocky, self-assured guy who wins the girl. DonÔÇÖt get me wrongÔÇª Jesse knows heÔÇÖs a god on the court. HeÔÇÖs a hottie with no end. WhatÔÇÖs so wonderful about the way heÔÇÖs written is his sensitivity and vulnerability. ItÔÇÖs a very hard balance to write a character with such depth and caring without having him come across as too sappy or effeminate. Madison walks the line perfectly, making him the perfectly innocent heart throb. Sedona is the stereotypical nerd; sheÔÇÖs a bookworm, doesnÔÇÖt know how she affects men, and an overachiever. But, her sweetness makes it all new and refreshing. Her quirkiness of analyzing things is pretty cuteÔÇª
ÔÇØI know heÔÇÖs absolutely crazy about me. And I may have become a little crazy about him as well. The ventral tegmental area (VTA) of my brain has been triggered. A flood of the neurotransmitter dopamine has been released into my brainÔÇÖs pleasure centers. And the result is a ÔÇÿloverÔÇÖs highÔÇÖ not unlike using cocaine, and some say just as addictive. ThatÔÇÖs the neurobiology of falling in love.ÔÇØ
She addresses some really important issues, but weaves them so naturally into the story. YouÔÇÖll cheer for Jesse and Sedona to overcome their hurdles. YouÔÇÖll even feel the heartbreak of unrequited love (nope, no spoilers here).
~Review by Loredana
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