Local football star Silas Moore meets Dylan Brenner in jail, of all places, but while she’s fighting lost causes, he’s plain fighting—his ex–best friend, his teammates and, apparently, a major attraction to Dylan; could she be the girl to save him, and will he let her?
Dylan is from the right side of the tracks, or at least she was adopted into it. A regular attendee at protests and defender of righteous causes, she’s a little surprised when she crosses a line and gets arrested. But landing in jail gives her the opportunity to meet Silas, one of the stars of the famous Rusk football team, who's in jail after a bar fight. She has to admit she’s drawn to him. Not only is he gorgeous, but she relates to his compelling restlessness. Since her longtime boyfriend recently broke up with her, she’s been at odds with a few things in her life, but meeting Silas seems to move her in a new direction. Her wealthy parents expect her to get back with her socially approved ex and are wary of her social consciousness. Silas is from the wrong side of the tracks himself and has felt a little adrift since his ex–best friend got kicked off the team. Starting the season in trouble hasn’t endeared him to his coach or his team, and spending time with Dylan makes him feel grounded, despite the taut sexual tension between them. However, her penchant for taking on causes makes him wonder if he’s simply one of her do-good projects. When their social, academic, athletic and economic worlds collide, Silas and Dylan must decide who they are before they can consider a future with each other. Carmack cleverly and effectively explores identity, economics and personal demons against the high-stakes backdrop of college football.
A sexy, dynamic combination of the romance and coming-of-age elements the new-adult genre is known for.