ARC provided for an honest review through NetGalley.
4 of 5
Goodreads Book Blurb:
I had always thought Owen Whitfield fit the mold of the brainless jock perfectly. Group of idiot friends? Check. Vapid girlfriend? Check. Ego bigger than the moon? Check. As long as he stayed out of my way, coexisting with his kind was doable. Until one day our worlds collided, changing everything. He pissed me off so badly that I had no choice but to give him a taste of his own medicine. Little did I know that my act of revenge would come back to bite me in the ass. How was I supposed to know Owen would turn out to be the best partner in crime I could hope for?
I never paid much attention to Kimberly Dawson, but I knew who she was. Ice Queen was what we called her. She was gorgeous, no one could deny that. But she was also a condescending bitch which was enough reason for me to stay the hell away from her. She thought I was a dumb jock and that was okay until she came crashing into my life. Against my better judgment, I let her embroil me in her shenanigans, forcing us to spend too much time together. It was my doom. She got under my skin, she was all I could think about. I never thought I would be the knight in shining armor to anyone, not until she came along.
Author’s Note: Due to mature content, this novella is recommended to readers 18+”
This was a fun and refreshing read!
The captivating and fast-paced mystery plot kept me guessing. The young (high school) main characters, Kimberly and Owen, are fresh and intriguing. Kimberly AKA Ice Queen is the “nerdy” girl who doesn’t care for her school’s dumb and arrogant jocks. Owen is one of those “dumb and arrogant jocks”. Being forced to team up for an English project, Owen can’t help to notice how attractive and smart Kimberly is and Kimberly realizes that there is much more to Owen. Their chemistry is hot and banter thrilling. I really enjoyed them fighting their attraction for each other; it made for funny and awkward (great!) moments. As the story progresses they grow as individuals, tear down each other’s walls and learn that there is so much more to a person than appearance.
I wish that this would have been a full length novel, not a novella. I felt that the story was a bit underdeveloped and rushed at times. Everything is there. Great characters, story, climax and a resolution but it seemed “bare bones” to me. If there would have been more character development, especially for the secondary characters, Alex, Lorenzo and Larissa, I think this story could have been even more captivating and thrilling. I just didn’t feel invested in these secondary characters and I believe they would have added a lot to the novella.
Overall I enjoyed this read. This novella is cute and delivers a fun read that will take you on an adventure! Check it out!