by Elle Kennedy
Series: Avalon Bay #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: February 1st 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format Read: ARC
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She does everything right. So what could go wrong?
Mackenzie "Mac" Cabot is a people pleaser. Her demanding parents. Her prep school friends. Her long-time boyfriend. It's exhausting, really, always following the rules. Unlike most twenty-year-olds, all she really wants to do is focus on growing her internet business, but first she must get a college degree at her parents' insistence. That means moving to the beachside town of Avalon Bay, a community made up of locals and the wealthy students of Garnet College.
Mac's had plenty of practice suppressing her wilder impulses, but when she meets local bad boy Cooper Hartley, that ability is suddenly tested. Cooper is rough around the edges. Raw. Candid. A threat to her ordered existence. Their friendship soon becomes the realest thing in her life.
Despite his disdain for the trust-fund kids he sees coming and going from his town, Cooper soon realizes Mac isn't just another rich clone and falls for her. Hard. But as Mac finally starts feeling accepted by Cooper and his friends, the secret he's been keeping from her threatens the only place she's ever felt at home.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was so excited to get my hands on this book. I’m a huge fan of Elle Kennedy’s and I was excited to see what this book would bring to us.
This book follows good girl Mackenzie “Mac” Cabot. She is used to doing everything the right way, trying hard not to stray too far from the lines. After taking some time off, she is trying to finish her college degree, though that’s not what she wants.
Cooper Hartley is the town bad boy. He’s charming, to the point, and handsome. And he hates the tourist that flood the area. Especially when one local guy costs him something. Now he wants a little bit a revenge, but that will also cost him something in the long run…
This book has a little bit of everything–betrayal, angst, jealousy, second-chances. I fell in love with it.
I feel like I was able to connect a lot with the characters, which I find common with Elle’s books. She just writes them in a way that has you nodding and thinking “that’s actually something that I would say or do”.
This book was just perfection in my opinion. The characters still had that “college” feel to them, but also had moments of maturity so it didn’t completely drive you insane when they did something dumb.
Super excited for everyone to read this book!
Hello! My name is Brittany. I’m a newbie nurse by day and an avid reader 24/7. I am a proud romance junkie and will read just about every genre as long as there is some romance. I love to spend my time with my 9 cats—yes, you read that correctly—and posting on my bookstagram account (@_darkreadings if curious). I’m also a hardcore JLA fan.