From the events of the opening chapter, which may cause triggers to some readers, Ilsa Madden-Mills had me completely glued. Even though there is no actual description of the events that unfolded, it is an intense read, an unforgettable introduction to Ava "Tulip" Harris.
It's now nine months later and Ava has returned to Camden, the school where her abuser more than likely also attends. Ava is determined to find out the truth about what really happened to her on that fateful night. She's also determined to prove that she's stronger than everyone thinks she is.
Camden is a school for the elite, the snobs, and it is ruled by the football team, the Sharks. Ava has never really fitted in, even though she once tried to. She's from the wrong side of the tracks, a scholarship kid, she lives in a group home and also looks after her younger brother, Tyler. Ava is smart, top of the class smart. She's also gained the attention of the head Shark, the quarterback, Knox Grayson. Knox is not at all who he appears to be. He really is all smoke and mirrors. Beneath his tough, old exterior lies a heart of gold. A man who is loyal, trusting and very very sweet.
I loved the relationship between Ava and Knox. It was never an easy one, a lot of push and pull from both sides. Yes, they may begin as enemies, but were they, really? In a deeply emotional and heartbreaking story, Ava and Knox will capture your heart and simply melt it. Letters, texts, conversations and heated looks, between the two, show how much they truly inspire and care for one another. Love is also there, it's not an instalove though, but one that slowly develops and grows. Even after a misunderstanding, due to miscommunication, the love still remeains.
Is Knox able to get Ava to fully trust hiim? Can he be the one to put her broken heart back together? Will his family be the ones who keep them apart, just as things seem to be on the right track?
I couldn't get enough of Ava and Knox. I literally read their story in one sitting. It was simply mesmerising. That ending ... PERFECT. I really liked Dane, Knox's twin, so I'm hoing that Ms Madden-Mills writes his story.