Author: Nicole London
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2015
The act of hating – no, fucking loathing Dean Collins. (Yes, I’m well aware that’s not the actual definition, but it might as well be…)
It’s been ten years since we’ve seen each other and the feelings are still as strong.
I’m not going to bore you with all the details of how our love was once intoxicating, consuming, and perfect.
Because it was . . . until it wasn’t.
I’ve been fine without him. I haven’t missed his cruelty, his coldness and his spite.
And after the ugliest breakup in the history of breakups, I forced myself to move on.
Year by year, the feelings I had for him slowly drifted away, but one encounter with him recently changed everything. One encounter made me realize how the heart doesn’t forget shit, and how my mind is going to have to work overtime to make sure I never forget my definition of resentment.
Resentment is an interesting idea of a book. Whilst this concept of the book is nothing new, the author has given more then your money’s worth by giving us their pasts and the present in their both POV’s of view. Usually a story like this would be told from the female and the male at later date in a different both but the author has created an unique format to tell their story that only add enhances their story. As these two were meant to be for each other, you can see it in every part once they have admit their feelings when they were seniors.
Dylan is the school ‘jock’, star quarterback who seems to have it all. The typical stereotypical jock, who everyone wants to be and friends with since colleges are all after him however the reality he faces is far what his friends believe. As the secrets that he keeps could wreck his life and therefore he keeps a careful balance between his school life and home life not wanting to rock the balance. As football is not his passion, he rather focus on his studies , a future that his father would rather not see.
Until he notices , Mia Grey in sophomore year and has tried with no avail to get her to notice him. As Mia dislikes with him a passion and he wants to know why . As Mia isn’t into the stuff that she think he is into . She the is stereo typical social recluse who trying to hold things together and keep her mother happy. A story similar to Dylan, however it is not that gets them talking.
It is the fact Dylan wants her to tutor him and against her better judgement she agrees. Leading to a magical time as they slowly get to know the truth each other and fall for each other. Mia falling hook link , sinker as she craves love unintentionally because of the way her mother has treated her and Dylan can’t help fall for this girl who understands him more then she ever realises . Until a sudden change leaves her heartbroken and change their paths forever with their fallout and them changing their mind However not all is revealed and we are quickly whisked to the present where things are much not different but it clear then ever that these two are meant to be. Sweet ,angst and touch of drama , like any other teenager romance should be.
However this only half of the book and there more to this book which pack quite a punch once we get the full story.
Ten years laters , Mia is a recently single woman who has finally got ridden of the loser boyfriend and now she wants to be who she wants to be . An artist and free of her mother’s rules instead of abiding what she wants for her only daughter. Escaping to Portland to her brother’s Eric place is the start of the new life but she never expects her past to come back crashing back into her life.
The only problem is that Eric got a roommate that she has no clue who he is and the last person to find is Dean who happens to be her brother’s best friend . And Dean isn’t exactly eager to see her either. They might of grown up but the resentment is clear to all and it won’t go away in hurry. .Will they be able to work things out for a second time?
Now I wasn’t exactly a fan of certain things in the book. I don’t doubt the author can write as it takes a talent to write a book like this seamlessly as this book isn’t told in the format you would expect and jumps between periods . I just don’t like how Dean acted at certain points.
He never thought he was in the wrong , he thought Mia was because she didn’t ask . Yep she didn’t ask about a certain thing and he has pent up ten years of rage and anger towards her… ..
It is a problem that a guy would act this way as I thought he would of grown up and dealt with it , but it not the biggest problem with this book.
What I really didn’t like was the reason why Dylan acted the way that he did in the past when finally got his POV of the past and revealed why they broke up and went their separate ways despite the fact he wanted to sort things out . I get he was a teenager and they think different but stil after everything. The connection that they shared and the fact they had open up to each other would of meant something for him not to act the way that he did. It goes against the whole purpose of the book which in general I loved. Nevertheless I wanted a stronger reason for them to having this issues considering that the were both smart people. I know everyone has flaws but he was street smart enough to come up with a plan like he did in the first place to get Mia to help hin.
So why judge and hold so much resentment as well?
Anyways getting back to the book, this is a great debut from this author and the fact remains that is it is a well written book.
“Are you coming to the pep rally tonight?” he asks.
“School spirit isn’t really my thing. No offense, but…football isn’t either.”
He laughs, and I suddenly realize that the two of us have never talked about football during our sessions together. In fact, whenever I’ve brought it up, he’s changed the subject to something else.
“Well,” he says, letting my hand go. “You should come for me instead.”
“What? What do you mean?”
“I mean, since you’re not into school spirit or football, but you’re clearly into me, you can make an exception and come tonight.”
“You’re getting quite presumptuous lately.” I put on my best poker face. “Do I need to help you with that definition?”
“Not when I know the true word you’re looking for is cognizant.” He grins, stepping back. “I hope to see you tonight.”
“I’ll think about it.”
“I’m sure you always do.” He gives me a look so sexy that I almost melt into the floor.
Goddamn, Dean Collins…
Nicole London is an aspiring author who is currently trapped in a terrible 9 to 5 and wishes Starbucks actually made decent drinks. She recently discovered her passion for writing after reading a ton of amazing indie books, and she plans to publish her first book, Resentment, October 29th.