“There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”
"Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy, Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.
The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.
Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”
Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “the Hammer.”
Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.
Lorrie knows that Hunter is the exact type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.
As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?"
I received this book from NetGalley for review
Oh man. This book was quite the roller coaster. Lorrie is a not a typical character that's written very often. still dealing with some PTSD connected to her parents death, she isn't 100% healed a year after the trial. But she's trying to get normal again, or to as normal a person can get.
I liked that she wasn't perfect. She got petty and angry. Her priorities weren't about partying or doing the "typical" college thing. She wanted to get through her classes and finish school in one piece. The only thing that I was unclear about with her, was what she looked like. Her hair or eye color was never mentioned, or even her height. Found that to be a little annoying.
Hunter was, at first, a very typical New Adult contemporary romance guy. Tattoo'd, muscles, charismatic, popular with the ladies. But the more that was learned about the character, the more it became clear that he wasn't a cookie cutter character. His past was a little mysterious but I never got the impression that it was a "dark and scary past" or anything that would be questionable, but he was keeping things from Lorrie. But she kept her family's mess a secret for a while too.
This story wasn't all kittens and rainbows, even though kittens were involved. It didn't end in a very happy place either. But I liked it. I really want the sequel now.