Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
Daniel’s got everything figured out. He makes a good living as an artist … mostly through offering “private shows” to the wives of local wealthy businessmen. He never stops playing the game and never lets anyone touch his heart. But when his current fling offers him a few hundred an hour for art lessons for her reclusive, college-dropout daughter, Daniel finds himself forgetting his own rules. The girl is rude. Insulting. Incredible.
And she sees straight through him.
Stella is hiding from the world, not because she wants to, but because crippling panic attacks await her every time she tries to live a normal life. She’s determined to push everyone–including her handsome new art teacher—away. But Daniel makes it utterly impossible. The guy is irritating. Mocking. Magnetic.
And makes her want things she knows she can never have.
What starts as a battle of wills turns into passion, where giving in means facing the things that scare them most.
You can’t deny that the premise of this book is interesting–the guy sleeping with the heroine’s mom falls in love with the daughter. It just promises to have a ton of sexual tension and drama. I came across this book while reading a blog about New Adult reads and I just had to get my hands on it.
I really enjoyed reading this book for multiple reasons. One was that is was completely addicting. I just had to know what was going to happen next and I couldn’t put it down. Second is that I absolutely loved Stella and Daniel. I found that they complimented each other so well and I see why they felt the connection between each other.
But, it was hard for me to get past the fact that Daniel had slept with Stella’s mom and how that doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue as you think it would be. I know from reading other reviews that a lot of people found that part hard to swallow and I would agree. But I really liked the two of them together so I was able to look past it in the end.
I also loved how Stella’s mental illness was handled–it was really well done. Normally, I would find Stella to be annoyingly wish-washy in her attitude and actions but because I had good understanding of her condition, I understood her behaviour and could accept it for what it is.
This book actually has a prequel of sorts called Only Between Us featuring two characters who make an appearance in this book. I didn’t realize this was the case when I read it because these books aren’t classified as part of a series. I will definitely be checking out Only Between Us and also more books from this author in the future.
Simply put: I loved this book. It seemed to cumulate everything I love in a good New Adult read: a good plot, great sexual tension and interesting characters. Fans who like darker New Adult reads with a larger focus on mental illness will enjoy this read.
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama, Abuse, Dark, Mental Health
Recommended for: 18+
Heat Rating: getting hot
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #2 Best Standalone 2013
Similar Reads: Strangely Normal by Tess Oliver; Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines (Perfection #1 or Rosemary Beach #3) and Only Between Us by Mila Ferrera