Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.
But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.
Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.
When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.
Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Bettina is happy with her boyfriend Brady, until he starts raping her and beating her up.
After one such attack Bettina meets a man who has an auto repair shop, a man she calls ‘Cowboy’, and she comes to rely on him for support when Brady is bothering her.
Does Bettina really deserve to be treated that way Brady treats her? And can Cowboy help her to understand that what her boyfriend is doing to her is wrong?
This was an okay story, but certain things just didn’t sit right with me.
Bettina was an okay character, but I couldn’t help but hate the way she let her boyfriend beat her up, and thought that it was fine! The number of times he lost his temper and injured her was just ridiculous, and she continued to make excuses for him, and tried to hide her bruises from people. I really wanted her to just break up with him, and stop letting him hurt her, but she wouldn’t.
The storyline in this was okay, but things just didn’t work out the way I wanted them to. I disliked the way that Brady treated Bettina, and I liked the way she could be herself around ‘Cowboy’. Cowboy treated her nicely; he didn’t push her to change her life, but did let her know in small ways how he felt about the way her boyfriend hit her.
There was a bit of romance in this, but not a lot really. Most of the time Brady was beating Bettina up rather than being romantic towards her!
The last 15% of this book was just really upsetting and disappointing, and completely ruined this book for me. After everything that Bettina had gone through with Brady, I wanted her to get a happily-ever-after, but unfortunately that just didn’t happen. The event that happened towards the end was really not nice, and I wasn’t impressed that the author chose to end the story the way she did.
Overall; a story about a girl being abused by her boyfriend, with a not so happy ending.
6.5 out of 10.