You’re that song. I don’t know any of the words, but the tune is so damn familiar.
The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.
He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.
When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.
You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.
He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.
Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.
Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.
Oops. My mistake.
Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.
I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?
That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.
Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.
I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.
Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.
This was going to be interesting…
Damn….I just need a minute to collect my thoughts after finishing that book…
Ok, I think I am ready after reading that hot as hell quote from this amazing book that I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED! Vi has been on my list of auto-buy authors for quite a while so I knew this book was going to be good, but I did not expect it to give Egomaniac (my top Vi book) a run for it’s money!
The story. The thing about this book is that yes it is hot as hell, funny, and downright adorable, but for me…it was about a tragedy bringing two people together and finding their way back to each other. I did not see where this storyline was going, which is amazing in my case because I feel like I can always predict what is going to happen. That was not the case with this book. This book just took my heart and filled it with so much pain for what the MC’s went through in their pasts, and then turned around and filled it with so much hope and happiness. I just really loved everything about this book. I was skeptical with the whole Professor/TA trope because it is usually not my favorite, but Vi completely changed my mind.
Rachel. Rachel was a feisty little character from day one and I was so happy when she went toe to toe with Caine, even when she really should have let him speak. Rachel had such a big heart for others and was always looking on the bright side of things. She wanted to believe in people and believe in pure love, whether it was between a mother and a daughter or between a couple who had been together for over fifty years. I was right there with her when she was longing for that pure love to find her. For that love that only happens once in a lifetime. She was a breath of fresh air who just wanted to give back in any way she could.
Caine. Caine was an über hot, alpha male who would not let anyone take what was his (I mean have you seen that cover…drool). I loved seeing the softy beneath the confident, sexy man though. Caine was hell bent on laying the fault and guilt on his own shoulders when circumstances were completely out of his control and not his fault. I wanted to give Caine a teddy bear hug when he was struggling so much with what the right thing to do was. I wanted to boot him in the ass because there was really only one right choice, but I also understood why he was contemplating making the wrong choice.
The Relationship. This was a fun, hopeful yet tragic relationship that I could not get enough of. Caine and Rachel were hilarious to read about because their banter was spot on, and boy did Caine know how to piss off Rachel (that led to some super hot pissed off sex). The music aspect of their relationship was woven in beautifully into this story. Music was a kind of therapy for them both and it was incredible to see them use it that way. When the plot twist came (I will not go into detail because it is just too good not to be spoiled) my jaw dropped. I just could not believe it, yet I was so happy about it. It was such a full circle moment for this couple that just reaffirmed my belief that a higher power puts people in your life for a reason. My heart just exploded with (agony at first because it was a definite hurdle that Caine and Rachel would have to overcome) hopefulness. I really enjoyed reading about this couple….and the epilogue was just the cherry on a very large piece of strawberry cake.
Side Characters. There were a few side characters that played some minor roles in this story. My favorite was Charlie because he was always looking out for Rachel and was not afraid to pull out a shotgun to make sure Caine treated Rachel right. I also loved Murphy and his role in bringing such happiness to a certain couple that made my heart melt. Caine’s nieces were definitely on my list of favorites just because I got to see Caine interacting with children…SWOON.
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy: music, full circle moments, sexy as fuck alpha males, and feisty heroines.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★