After the explosion that happened on the final pages of the first book, I paused for two minutes before starting book two. I had to know what was going to happen next. I won't give away any spoilers about the crazy ending of book one, because the gasp worthiness is worth it (just go read book one).
I will admit, I had serious mixed feelings going into book two. Would Tessa forgive Hardin? Should she?
I was extremely impressed with Tessa's character development through this book. It's so easy to say, "no way, I wouldn't ever take a man back after he did something so terrible." Tessa even says it to herself, but then something amazing happens. She comes off the pages of the book and reminds me of a real person. A person that is fighting with mixed feelings and confusion about her first real love and why she is fighting for it.
Normally a book like this would elicit 4-4.5 stars from me, because there was a little exhausted lag from being happy to fighting to being happy and then fighting again. It almost became predictable towards the middle. However, Tessa is the sole reason I kept reading. She isn't just a character in a book, she is a strong will, smart young lady. Learning how to grow up and navigate through a relationship that seems to be hopeless. She actually reminds me a lot of myself and how I used to fight incessantly with my Husband when we were first dating.
I highly recommend this book. I have no other words except to leave you with a quote from the book itself that sums the entire story so far up.
"I need a realistic story, where there are real problems, more than one fight, and even a breakup. A real one. People hurt each other and keep coming back for more... including me, of course. I realize this now."
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Tessa has everything to lose. Hardin has nothing to lose…except her. AFTER WE COLLIDED…Life will never be the same. #HESSA
After a tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Tessa and Hardin were on the path to making things work. Tessa knew Hardin could be cruel, but when a bombshell revelation is dropped about the origins of their relationship—and Hardin’s mysterious past—Tessa is beside herself.
Hardin will always be…Hardin. But is he really the deep, thoughtful guy Tessa fell madly in love with despite his angry exterior—or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could walk away. It’s just not that easy. Not with the memory of passionate nights spent in his arms. His electric touch. His hungry kisses.
Still, Tessa’s not sure she can endure one more broken promise. She put so much on hold for Hardin—school, friends, her mom, a relationship with a guy who really loved her, and now possibly even a promising new career. She needs to move forward with her life.
Hardin knows he made a mistake, possibly the biggest one of his life. He’s not going down without a fight. But can he change? Will he change…for love?
*Includes an abusive relationship. Emotionally gripping story.