This new installment in the Sea Breeze series highlights abusive families, romance, and sex—quite a lot of it.
Trisha struggles to hide the visible signs of the beatings she often receives from her stepmother’s boyfriends. She knows that if the authorities learn of her plight, they will separate her from her beloved little brother. She has lusted after Rock, the high school football star, since she first glimpsed him a year earlier—and he’s done likewise. Although a year has passed, he’s determined at least to become friends with her. She doesn’t trust him, as she knows that girls throw themselves at him, and he’s apparently had sex with nearly every girl in town. But when Rock learns about Trisha’s abuse, he steps in to save her. Glines writes of Trisha’s abusive family fairly compellingly, with most of the plot relying on her plight. At its heart, however, it’s a standard romance in which true love is always instant and eternal, and characters are supermodel beautiful and one-dimensional. This is a new-adult book, and the story eventually resolves into a focus on sex.
Rough and raw. (Romance. 16 & up)