Author: Megan Erickson
Series: Bowler University #3
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: January 6th, 2014 by William Morrow Impulse
After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom’s health make living in Paradise anything but. There’s only one thing that can make his return any harder—running into the only girl he’s ever loved.
Tate Ellison made a mistake when she was eighteen, one that cost her the best thing she’s ever had. She’s always hoped the regret of losing Cam would fade over time. Too bad it’s only grown. She took comfort in the fact she’d never have to face him again, so his presence in Paradise throws her for a loop.
The pull between them is instant and when the truth of what happened years ago tumbles out, they share a mind-blowing kiss...which leads to more. But the past has a way of repeating itself. When all the cards are on the table, Cam and Tate must decide what they are willing to do to make it last.
I want to thank William Morrow Impulse for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.
Let me start by saying I'm a huge fan of this series. When I read the summary for the first book and found out the male MC was a nerdy, not guy, I just could not resist. From then on I was hooked. So when I had the opportunity to read the second book, I jumped at the chance because...MAX! Need I say more. So of course, diving into a book about Cam was right up my alley and I could not wait to read his story.
What I think I liked most about the premise of this book is that it doesn't actually take place on the college campus. I do like NA books that use that setting, but this one veered from there and took Cam back to his home town. It was great to see him in this old element, to experience him as totally different than what I was seeing in the other books (where he was basically the hot guy that hooked up with all the girls but never settled down). And better yet, there was a reason Cam was like this, and this book told that story.
Tate, on the other hand, is a brand new character to us. She's someone we had no clue about until she's introduced to us in this book. At first, I wasn't so happy with her. I mean, she broke Cam's heart and I wasn't sure I could like her for that. But then you learn the story and delve deeper into what really happened when Cam and Tate were eighteen, and you find she's not exactly what you thought she was.
The best part of this book was Erickson taking a character that I didn't care too much for, after all he was a man whore, and turning him into something I totally didn't expect. Not only did he serve his country, but he is smart enough to have graduated very fast from college. And then he's sweet enough and loyal enough to know when he's needed at home.
Of course Tate and Cam have their issues throughout the book. Neither one of them quite willing to give themselves wholly to each other (after all, there might be more heart break and who can endure losing the love of their life more than once, right?). But they do stay strong and overcome so much to make things work.
Erickson also introduces us to a few new characters: Cam's mother, Tate's dad and brother, and one of Cam's old high school buddies. I know Erickson has said this is the final book, but oh how I would love to have some of the back story and forward story of these characters.
Overall I will say that this is not my favorite of the books (no one can top Alec for me, sorry), but I really enjoyed it. And I'm certainly now a firm fan of Erickson and will read anything she writes (it helps that she's one of the most personable authors I have ever met and actually contacted me when this book went up on Edelweiss to let me know I should request it!). Fans of Colleen Hoover, Cora Caramack, and Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn will fall head over heels for Erickson's stories! If you're looking for a series that has characters come together through thick and thin, where you're not always sure there will be a HEA, but then you know there just has to be, then this is the one for you!
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.
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