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Ah, young love! The shy glances, the misunderstandings, the angst...what's not to enjoy? I love new adult romances for their young adult conflict paired with very adult sexual situations. It's a coming-of-age type of romance, where they're starting to feel out what a real relationship looks like and figuring out how to navigate "adulting" when it comes to their problems. Mom and Dad aren't there to fix things - you have to figure it out yourself. I loved the two main characters in this story, and it's obvious that the secondary characters are very deserving of their own books. I became invested in all their lives, honestly, and you'll get sucked in too.
Shepard Connelly has loved Finley Farrow ever since they became teenagers and their feelings grew from friends to something more. But Shep lived with her family, and he knew she was off limits, so he kept his distance. Years go by, and now Shep, Finley, and her two brothers are all living in the same house, getting ready to start their first year of college. No parents are around to keep them in check, and with Finley having attracted the attention of the star quarterback on their college football team, Shep is worried he has some major competition. If he doesn't speak up soon, he may lose the change to be with Finley forever.
As I said before, shy glances, misunderstandings, and angst abound in this new adult romance! Poor Shep and Finley - so cute and yet so blind to each other's feelings. You feel the tension between them, and it's a push-and-pull sort of tension, where they come so close to getting together and then something pulls them away. And then, inevitably, they're pushed together again. It's a slow burn due to all the misunderstandings, where they each think the other is interested in someone else, and so the reader will spend several chapters tearing their hair out in frustration. If only they could see what we see! Shep was a sweetheart and such a gentleman. I loved how protective he was of Finley and never forced his attentions on her, even when he wasn't at his best. He wanted her to be happy, even if it wasn't with him. *sigh* Finley was a really confident woman who wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted, even if it meant being the only female on an all-male football team. She proved herself time and time again, and she always took the high road. I really respected her. As the story progressed and things got more difficult for her and Shep, I was happy to see that they both didn't change for other people, and they didn't let opinions sway how they felt about each other.
I can't wait to read what's next for this series! This was my first book by this author, and I loved it. My guess is either Cooper or August will get their books next, but I really, badly want a book for Finn as well. Pretty please?
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**