Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…
Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.
But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…
While book one was a solid hit for me (review here), this one failed to wow me. It’s a rather typical New Adult book with characters falling in love with each other while having to deal with their issues.
Similar to Tyler in book 1, Phoenix grew up in a less than ideal environment. While I absolutely adore Tyler, I cannot say the same for Phoenix. I’m just biased towards his issue. He does have a lot of redeeming qualities though, like his love for his shitty mom. But, when I’m biased I’m biased…. doesn’t matter how swoony the character. Also, I don’t understand the tat. I think I’ll get creeped out if I were Robin.
Robin, despite her initial party image, was actually a person with a lot of integrity. In my opinion, she should just pin the whole thing on Nathan and “forget” it, pun intended. I did not understand why she felt so guilty. And, as a friend, she should just come clean about it. I seriously doubt similar thing hadn’t already happened. In fact, I wouldn’t be too surprised if Nathan actually made up the whole thing.
Overall, it was a nice easy read, but there just wasn’t enough twist or angst to keep me interested.
Thank you NetGalley/ PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL for providing the ARC