Autumn Dorey had no problem leaving her hometown of Newpine and the friends there who’d betrayed her. Everyone thought they knew what happened the spring night Autumn’s world fell apart. Vicious rumors about the incident circulated, and she had to be homeschooled the last year of high school to escape her tormentors. All she wants now is to get away from it all and start over at Cook University. She leaves everything but the memory behind—something she swore she’d never forget—and sets off to rebuild what was broken. Blake Preston is precisely the type of guy Autumn wants to avoid. He’s gorgeous, arrogant and the college’s beloved football star. As much as she believes he’s someone she should steer clear of, avoiding him proves to be impossible. He shows up everywhere around campus, offering her a no-strings attached friendship. Autumn can’t deny Blake stirs up emotions she thought fled years ago. But things he’s been hiding begin to emerge and collide with her past, leaving her heart ravaged in their wake.
Rating: 4 Groupie Stars
Rating: 4 Groupie Stars
This is the story of Autumn; a girl who runs away to college to leave the small town rumors and troubles behind her. She is determined to concentrate on her schoolwork and leave the football players alone because of the issues during her last few years of high school that lead to her being home schooled. She doesn’t usually do the party scene but her friends talk her into going to a party and that is where she meets Blake. From the moment he first see’s her, he seems like he’s mad at Autumn.
Blake is a superstar for the football team and every girl on campuses dream guy. Even though it seemed like he was mad at her when they first met; he always wants to spend more and more time with Autumn. After spending time together it doesn’t take long for them to realize that they want more than a friendship. When the secrets of the past resurface can their relationship survive?
I felt sorry for Autumn who was bullied to the point where she felt like the only way for her to have a life was to move off to college and away from her home town. Her parents were a great support system for her. I loved the open communication she had with them about the bullying issues she faced. Blake was loyal despite having a horrible mother. I could see the struggle he faced and why he was scared to reveal it. Blake was my hero when he dealt with the bullies from Autumn’s high school. This book is a stand alone with no cliffhanger and a happy ending. If you love a sad story that turns into a HEA you’ll enjoy this book. I look forward to reading more from Heather Topham Wood.
Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. She’s the author of the paranormal romance Second Sight series and the New Adult standalone novels The Disappearing Girl and Falling for Autumn.
Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today, Livestrong.com, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.
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