Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn't on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she's missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.
After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.
Reviewed by Claire
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I've just finished reading this book and wow, where to start.
Matisse Evans is a wildfire, always on the go. After failing out of art school, she's trying to get her life back on track. No time for boys or partying. So when Beau moves into the apartment, she shares with two other people, she wasn't prepared how he would send her life in a spin.
“I came out here to get an art degree, to get a god internship. To straighten things out and be focused. I don’t have time”
Beau Grady has a big secret that only a few select know about. He makes out he's the big 'I AM.' But really he's suffering. Always thinking of others even if it means hurting himself.
I loved the fact that Matisse stuck by Beau even after learning his secret.
The plot was raw and emotional. The storyline flowed really well and the characters were easy to relate to. A very good read.