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I first need to begin this review, by saying this book is set in Knoxville, TN, which happens to be my home. I first have to give props to Tessa for accurately portraying the lifestyle of a Univeristy of Tennessee student. I loved the shout to our bars and restaurants, and our loyal fans. I loved this book period, but I was so excited every time one of the characters went to a bar or restaurant I frequent.
Andi Kane is from Bethel, TN. Bethel is a tiny town and all there is to do there is gossip. When your father is the Mayor and your brother is a star baseball player, it's not difficult to figure out people are talking about you and your family. While in high school Andi realized that she had become the gossip topic of choice amongst her peers, when she dated a boy for a few years and refused to have sex with him. Andi didn’t refuse sex because she was super religious or waiting for marriage, no she just enjoyed drying humping, or as me and my friends called it cameling so much so she didn’t see the point in having actual sex. Then once it became a challenge for the guys in her school, she decided she couldn’t have sex because all these guys were trying to use her to win bets.
Andi decides every thing will change once she is moves to Knoxville to attend The University of Tennessee with her bestie, Reese. Reese has been dating Cy for years, and he decides to pledge a fraternity. At one of the first frat parties of the year, Andi meets Cohen Wellington. Cohen and Andi were both dragged there by their best friends and have no desire to be amongst their drunken peers. After chatting they learn that they both have a love for music, so they leave to go listen to music. (Oh to be young again where leaving with a stranger didn’t make you freak out at all the possible dangers.)
Andi and Cohen do listen to music and get to know each other, it is a pretty epic night for them both - they both have met someone that they could genuinely care about. Well, I think we know where this is going, one thing leads to another and they end up having sex. Now we know this is Andi’s first time, but as it turns out it is Cohen’s first time, too. So, I know what you are thinking…another book with an epic, virgin sex scene where they connect so completely they come together…right?
Well, I believe this may be the first time I have read a virgin "losing it" scene that is so completely accurate. He puts it in, she screams in pain, he comes…yep…
Another reason I am a huge Tessa fan now! You go Tessa, way to write a book that isn’t all rainbows and unicorns! Despite this horrible encounter, you think they still had this great connection, and it will be better the next time. Well no, because Cohen gets a little too attached and Andi begins avoiding him.
Fast forward three years, they are both seniors and Andi needs to take a chemistry class to graduate. There is a reason she has been putting it off, there is no way she can pass it on her own. Therefore, the student center assigns a tutor to her, enter pre-med major Cohen Wellington.
It has been three years since Cohen and Andi have seen each other, and he refuses to let his chance go again. Andi has dated a few guys and has never connected with anyone like she did that first night with Cohen, so she doesn’t want to waste this chance either.
Once Cohen decides he is all in, he begins wooing her. This wooing just drives Andi crazy, because Cohen isn’t the scrawny boy he once was, no he is all man and she is in desperate need of him.
Obviously, I loved this book. I loved the connection between Andi and Cohen. I liked how they went their separate ways grew up and then came back together. I felt the story had a perfect balance of angst, sex, and love. It wasn’t over the top in any category. I absolutely loved the writing. I loved how real it was and completely believable. I love how when Andi began feeling things for Cohen she called herself out for having insta-love for him.
“Well, I’m pretty sure I’m about to be a hypocrite, because I’m about two point five seconds away from being a silly rom-com statistic, and I have no idea what I’m going to do about it.”
Overall, I feel like this a great read and highly recommend it.