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Author: Rachel Blaufeld
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Length: 243 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars
That’s me—Tingly Simmons—athlete, foreign-language major, professor lover, obsessed idiot girl. Definitely not a frat rat or sorority slut. I’ve never even played beer pong.
I ditched the vapid, soulless high-society life of Los Angeles for the promise of something more meaningful in rural Ohio. Accepting a track scholarship for college, I tried running my way to happiness, but instead I ended up sleeping with my French professor and falling head over heels for him.
When that relationship fell apart, so did I.
Barely hanging on by a thread and using the most absurd coping skills, I was determined to hide behind my past indiscretions. That was, until I met Tiberius Jones. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d learn the truth about love from a six-foot-five basketball player.
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This is the story of a young woman who is full of self-loathing, with a poor idea of what real love is, all stemming from her upbringing. With the lack of support and genuine love, she follows a path which only further demeans her. She makes bad choices over and over again, in her quest for control and attention. And it’s not until it all catches up with her, that her life makes a slow turn for the better.
As for me, I was searching for someone, anyone who would love me as I was, for who I was, no matter what truths were revealed. I just didn’t have a clue who that might be or if he even existed.
For a good portion of this book, Tingly drove me mad! She constantly put herself down based on her past mistakes and only seemed to focus on parts of what people said about her, the worst parts. She’d take one comment and blow it up.
I agree with Grace, Tingly really drove me up the wall with her self-loathing and her running whenever put on the spot. I kept yelling at her in my head throughout the book “girl, snap out of it already and grow a pair!”
It seemed appropriate that Tingly was a runner, as she constantly ran from any sort of confrontation. She had little backbone and never stood up for herself.
He needed it to mean something, and I demanded it mean nothing, although I was starting to suspect that was a lie.
But while I struggled with Tingly’s insecurities, I was captivated by Tiberius. He is all man and he totally sells the story for me. He’s sweet, persistent, knows when to push Tingly, or Rex as he calls her (due to her man eating skills – LOVED THIS), and he knows when to back away.
Oh how I loved Tiberius! I have also agree with Grace on this, he was all man, knew what he wanted from the very beginning. He saw through Tingly’s thick walls and wasn’t having none of it. I love how he wanted to break down all her walls and show her what it is liked to be cared for.
“You’re not scorned. You made a mistake, and you’re the only one who keeps punishing yourself over it.”
While Tingly is a bit of a weak link in this book, Tiberius is the rock and heart of the story as he slowly breaks down her walls and gives her confidence in not only herself, but to them as a couple.
This story has an opposites attract, back story. She’s rich, he’s poor. She’s white, he’s black. But neither wealth nor ethnicity played much of a roll in their relationship, other than people pointing out their differences. To Tingly and Tiberius, there was just an attraction And thanks to Tiberius’ persistence, that attraction grew over time. It wasn’t rushed, no matter how much Tingly wanted it. No, Tiberius took his time and that made it all the more sweet.
You know there should be more men like Tiberus! He was a true gentleman through and through. Although he knew Tingly was more sexually adventurous than him, he wanted to really get to know her and appreciate her, that right there is a real man.
Other than Tiberius, I loved the secondary characters in the story – especially Jamel, Lamar and Chey. I’ll admit, I was leery of Jamel at first, but he proved his worth later on. And I loved how everyone backed up Tingly and those trying to take her down – Logan, Pierre, and her evil parents. In the end, they all got what Tiberius saw in her and would go great lengths to have her back. And with their support, Tingly finally grew a backbone and stood up for herself.
It’s like Grace is living in my head! I adore the secondary characters myself, I was very hesitant of Jamel for awhile, but I agree, he pulled through and stood up for Tingly. Even her roommates, whom at first weren’t too happy with her dating a “brother” came around and were protective of her. Oh don’t get me started on her fucked up parents. I don’t know how many times I wanted to throw things around the house whenever they came into a scene. Parents like Tingly, shouldn’t procreate! Pierre, or Pepe Le Pew as I aptly named him, what an asshole of epic proportions!
It may have taken time, but Tiberius shows Tingly that love can conquer all. Together, despite their differences, they show the strength of their love and overcome their obstacles.
I couldn’t have put it better myself Grace!
– Grace and Michelle
*An ARC was received for an honest review.
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.
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