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She's hiding something big. He's hiding someone small.

Bridger Macaulley used to be a player both on and off the ice. But now, while his teammates chase the next hockey victory, Bridger worries that the dean will discover he's housing his eight-year-old sister in his dorm room. Juggling a full course load and a big secret, it's only a matter of time until the other skate drops.

Scarlet Crowley is the only freshman at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. Her name is as new as the shiny student ID it's printed on. The only way to survive college will be to conceal her identity, even if it means lying to the green-eyed boy she's falling for.

Bridger and Scarlet form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won't work anymore. And if they can't learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they've struggled to keep.

©2014 Sarina Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Cyndi
  • Michigan
  • 09-15-16

Loving this series!! Great 2nd book!!!

I'm loving this series! I didn't know how this book was going to compare to book 1 but it seriously was just as good, if not better!! Sarina Bowen is great at seriously deep issues with a huge side of happily ever after! The issues these characters had to deal with were extremely hard but they both handled it so well I wanted to cheer for them. Bridger was so different than I thought he was after book 1. His character was amazing! Scarlet is such a tough girl, she had some seriously big things going on in her life and she just wanted to get away from it all and go to college but life only follows her. Together these two are so perfect, they are hot and in love! Can't wait to move on to the next book!

The narration in this book was great too!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I like the way she writes relationships

Any additional comments?

She has a way of writing that makes her characters seem real. I wish we would been able to see Scarlet and Bridger's relationship develop more. It seemed like we only got to know them through the lens of their issues . Everything hinged so heavily on the drama unfolding and take over the romance. There's never a moment when it's clear why they are drawn to each other. The story did pick up pace again somewhere around the 75% only to face a rushed ending with some resolutions a bit too convenient.
Also, if you are expecting some hockey in this book you are going to be disappointed. This is more college romance than hockey romance. But overall, yes, a good story.

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How much can two people endure?

This book sent me on an absolute roller coaster ride of emotions ! Just when I thought I couldn’t take anymore things began to turn around ! Wow ! What a ride!

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I love it


A story about two people finding each other when they struggling with life the most.
This is what I liked:
* Very good storyline
* Great characters descriptions
* No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
* Lots of dialogues
* I listened to audio book and it was clear voices with good pronunciation so it was easy to listen to.
* Sweet, hot and emotional love scenes
* It’s a story filled with feelings so it made me both laugh and cry.

This was even better than the first book in this series so I went and bought book 3. Solid 5 stars 🌟 if you love a good romance with a minimal amount of drama but very intriguing storyline.

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Powerful Story

This story was so great. I really enjoyed listening and wish there would have been more!!!

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I love this series!!

So good! I loved Scarlet and Bridger's story. I love how much heart Sarina puts in her books. Another top recommendation!

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Unique and engaging story!

We meet the heroine of this story just as she sneaks out of her house and capes to college- I say “escape” because she has carefully changed hers name legally and waits until her parents drive away to makes a break for it. We find out that her father, a Stanley Cup winning hockey player has been indicted for multiple counts of pedophilia. The heroine has lost her senior year of high school being shunned ad kicked off the girls hockey team due to her father
Once at her college, she meets a handsome boy and keeps running into him all over campus. They are really attracted and soon become more than friends. Only he also has a secret that complicates their relationship. Narration was well done.

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Emotional and heartfelt new adult romance

Bridger and Scarlet have seen their share of hard times in their lives, and don't expect to find love or happiness while concentrating on their studies. But they do, and they also find a person to confide in, and someone who understands that what's on the surface can hide a lot of scars. It's an engaging and emotional romance, with some tough subjects (child abuse, drug addition, parental abandonment). The narration is good, the voices are the appropriate age for the characters. I found the male narrator not quite as adept as the female at performing opposite sex voices, but overall it's a good listen and they do a great job with the tough subject matter.

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Such A Great Story

Yet again another wonderful story. This one was a little darker but I loved it. This series just seems to be getting better and better.

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Amazing

This book is a great mix of first love, real life and great story. Little bit of tears a little bit of giggles and great happy ending.

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  • JG ~ Jezabell Girl & Friends
  • 04-10-18

Amazing Series

This was even better than the first book. I loved Bridger and Scarlet's story. It had plenty of drama plus a sweet developing romance with a HEA.