Synopsis: What would happen if you lost everything? If the people who were supposed to love you unconditionally were no longer there for you, how would your world change?
Madeleine Becker lost everything when her parents died when she was ten years old. Ripped from her home and everything that she has ever loved, she is forced to start all over again. The only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep everyone at a safe distance. Her logic: she can't get hurt if she doesn't fall in love.
That theory is blown to pieces when she meets Reid Connely during her freshman year at college. He is gorgeous and darkly mysterious. He understands Maddy's pain all too well, but sharing his pain would mean breaking down the walls he put up around his own heart. Conflicted between loving Maddy and hiding his dark past, Reid starts to reevaluate his world. Maddy's inner strength, snarky personality and breath taking beauty help Reid to make peace with his past.
Together they find out what happens when they let love in.
Review: Wow. My heart definitely broke for Maddie. To lose your parents at such a young age, and then to also move in with an older relative and to a different town and school - I just really felt for her and all that she had to go through. It was so hard for her to open up and trust people after that - mainly because she was afraid that she would lose them, too. Maddie was a little bit frustrating to read, though, because of this factor. She held so many people at arm's length, but was also so unwilling to do anything to change that.
That is, until she meets Reid. In Reid, she immediately seems to see a reason to let someone in. Is that because he is the most attractive guy she has ever seen? Not sure, but it did kind of seem like that. Don't get me wrong - this is not an insta-love kind of story, but I think it's only like that because Reid was also very careful to stay away from Maddie. He was the one that was slowing things down for a while, and I was glad of that. When they do finally start moving forward, it was a little comical to see how hard they both made it - letting little things get in the way of their communication, etc.
I did like that they both pushed each other to work on their pasts and on letting love in, even though it was definitely like the blind leading the blind, at times. When things seem to finally be going a little better, Maddie runs away, again, but Reid also pushes her to do so. She then finds out some pretty important news and uses that and Reid's reaction to it to punish him. In many ways, she reacts like any immature, emotionally stunted 18 year old probably would react, but it was frustrating to read about. Overall, I think Maddie and Reid have a good story, and I would like to read the next part to see how they resolve their issue, but it does move somewhat slowly, at times. I will have to wait to see, but I'm wondering if this should have possibly been one book?