Author: Rhonda Helms
Source: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary Via Goodreads:
The most painful scars are the ones you never see.
In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that’s the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she’s reserved, practical-all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she’s put up. Like Casey, he’s a senior. In every other way, he’s her opposite.
Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can’t fathom, he’s intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that’s messy and unpredictable. He doesn’t know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach – or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
This was a really sweet book. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. I thought the writing was very well done and although it was on the shorter side, overall it was a really good book.
Casey is a college student and part time DJ. She went through a very traumatic experience as a child and is kind of a loner because of it. She was kind and smart and her love of music really made me like her. I wish there had been more scenes of Casey as a DJ. There were a few glimpses, but overall the author didn’t play show that side of Casey as much as I thought she would.
Daniel was a really sweet character. He was caring and really sweet. I loved how patient he was with Casey. He really cared about her and it came through really well in this story. I do think there was a little bit of his background that was lacking. He pushes Casey to talk about her past and I feel like we didn’t really get as much from Daniel.
It was really refreshing to read a New Adult romance where the big struggle of the book wasn’t revolved around someone cheating. The big issue in this relationship is Casey’s past. She thinks people will not like her anymore after they find out, Daniel especially, and so she doesn’t really let people in. That obviously doesn’t help when you’re starting a new relationship.
I did think that the reveal of Casey’s secret could have happened all at once instead of in bits and pieces. For me, it kind of took away a little bit of the impact of her secret only getting parts of it at a time. This is the kind of book that doesn’t really need a lot of thinking and the little pieces of info just gave me more questions.
Overall this was a really enjoyable read. It was a great story with real, likeable characters and really sweet romance.