Author: Jill Sorenson
Rating: 3 stars
Provided by Publisher
Blurb: Eric Hernandez is the bad boy of every schoolgirl’s fantasies—and every mother’s nightmares. But after serving time for manslaughter, he’s ready to turn his life around. He just needs a chance to prove himself as a professional tattoo artist. The one thing that keeps him going is the memory of the innocent beauty he loved and left behind.
Meghan Young’s world isn’t as perfect as it looks. The preacher’s daughter is living a lie, especially now that Eric is back. Tougher, harder, and sexier than ever, he might be the only person she can trust. But there’s no telling what he’ll do to protect her if he learns the truth, and that’s a risk Meghan won’t let him take. And yet, back in the arms of the troubled boy with the artist’s soul, Meghan can’t help surrendering to the man he’s become.
Review: Pretty good if you’re a fan of New Adult fiction. There are elements in this book that I thought were very good. I really enjoyed the blending of Latino and Anglo families and cultures. That was fun to read. I very much enjoyed the college girls having a “slut walk” to bring attention to women who are attacked, abused and shamed afterward for how they were dressed or who they were with. It was well done and a great message. The story was beautifully constructed, and the writing is flawless. If that’s enough for you, you should just go buy the book and enjoy the read.
There were other things I didn’t enjoy as much. I guess that being in a young male protagonist’s point of view is getting a little old. I know they are led by their penis, but they don’t have to wave them in our faces…all…the…time. And Eric let his lead him to places that got him in trouble. As much as I enjoy the “bad boy” going straight, and I did like that Eric was trying to turn his art into something positive, I still didn’t like him much. Meghan was a little better. She spent a lot of time with a live-in, abusive boyfriend even though she was an advocate for women’s rights and a co-sponsor of the “slut walk”. That didn’t work well for me. Her defense of Eric redeemed her somewhat. It didn’t take her long to dump the boyfriend after Eric came home. Bed hopping, in spite of her youth, didn’t gain her any points from me. For a preacher’s daughter, she didn’t seem to have a well defined moral compass. My favorite character in the book was Meghan’s brother, Noah. A close second was Junior, Eric’s friend from his gang days. Junior is a completely unrepentant gangbanger who knows who he is and what he wants. He’s dangerous…and I liked him.
This book is very readable. Entertaining even. It really isn’t my cup of tea, so to speak. I think that a reader under thirty might like the story much more than I did. If you are in that demographic, you should pick up this book and…