Title: Before You
Author: Amber Hart
Series: Before & After #1
Source: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary via Goodreads:
Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.
Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.
It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don’t care.
Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.
At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.
Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
This was an weird read for me. There are quite a few things about this book that bothered me, but I actually enjoyed it. The concept was interesting and it was a nice quick read.
This story is about Faith and Diego. They are complete opposites and from completely different worlds. They are both keeping major secrets and although it’s not really an ideal time, they give in to their feelings and start dating.
Faith is one of the popular girls and does everything right, except that she’s not happy. She does all the things she’s supposed to do instead of doing the things she really wants to do. She was an okay character, but there was something about her that annoyed me just a little bit.
Diego is basically not a good guy. He’s a total bad boy. Instead of doing what he should be doing, like staying under the radar, he does whatever he wants. But underneath the tough exterior he is a human being with a lot of feelings.
I have some problems with this book. Faith has a boyfriend at the beginning of this book and he is pretty much just tossed aside as soon as Diego shows up. The relationship between Faith and Diego did progress just a little too quickly for my tastes. I tend to hate when characters see red flags everywhere and then a second later dismiss them as nothing important.
Despite everything I mentioned above, I actually really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it. It was one of those books that despite the parts that irritated me, it was so entertaining that I didn’t really care.