by Malorie Verdant
He changed my life.
With a smile, a flick of his wrist and a death-defying stunt.
He was six and I was five.
And now, thirteen years later, I am hopelessly in love.
There is only a slight problem.
He doesn’t know I exist.
He’s the star quarterback.
I’m a science nerd who hides in the shadows.
I don’t need anyone to tell me that college won't change anything.
I know he’s the star of this story.
And I belong in the audience.
Parker Elliot is going to Penmore State University miles away from home. She's leaving her small town because Penmore has a fantastic science department, because she needs to begin exploring the life she wants to lead and because Grayson Waters is the starting quarterback for the Penmore Herons.
Grayson Waters at first glance lives life to the fullest, but he is dealing with more than meets the eye. A con artist father in trouble with local mobsters, an illegitimate brother living close by, the pressure of leading his team to the championship game and a desire to pursue a career outside the football field. Decisions need to be made. For Gray, slipping into the shadows with a pretty and observant brunette might be just what he needs to finally make the right ones.
This was a super sweet book about a nerdy quiet girl and a superstar neighbor. I love the childhood crush/finally get your chance style books and so this was definitely that. Maybe a little odd in the semi-stalker-ish category but there was never any harm or questionable things happening so honestly Parker is pretty normal LOL. There was a tragic heartbreaking twist I was NOT ready for and it had been so long since I read the synop that I forgot that Grayson even had any drama in his life. Anyhow - I enjoyed the story and although their love life drama seemed to pass more quickly than I assumed I was still happy with their ending and as I write this review I am still heartbroken for some that did NOT get an HEA.
Parker fell in love with her neighbor when they were kids. By chance catching a glimpse of him acting out his superhero ways lead to years and years worth of stolen glances and hiding out observing - to her credit she did once try to become his friend - but yes her behavior is quite odd. Now both away at the same college Parker is not only faced with Nate but also coming face to face with Grayson who honestly has no clue this girl lived next door to him his whole life. Should she fess up or just continue in the bliss of his attention ?? As her luck would have it not only is she thrown into the middle of Grayson's family drama she is also caught off guard during a visit home and life may cease to exist. Will Grayson and Parker go their separate ways or will they be able to fix what they started ?
AMIE'S 4 STAR REVIEW
Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy
Here - Alessia Cara
Star - Bryan Adams
Beyond the Blue - Beth Nielsen Chapman
You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
How Deep Is Your Love- Calvin Harris & Disciples
Like a Star - Corinne Bailey Rae
The Fire - The Roots & John Legend
My Body is a Cage - Arcade Fire
Water Under the Bridge - Adele
Answer - Sarah McLachlan
I first started reading romance when I was twelve.
My mother handed me her copy of Nora Robert’s Bayou and with resignation said, “Here you’ll love it, just skip the sex scenes or at least tell me you did.”
She knew I was young and she hoped I didn’t understand the diverse innuendos, but she also saw early on that I was a hopeless romantic and had a joy and thirst for romance novels that not even she and her protective motherly instincts could stop.