Genres: New Adult
Setting: Kilgore, TX
Source: ARC, Publisher/PR
Also by this author: Execution Style, Charlie Foxtrot, Coup de Grace, Right to my Wrong, Shock Advised, Hail No, Beard Mode, Lights To My Siren, Fear the Beard, I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie , I'm Only Here for the Beard, Dragons Need Love, Too , Oh, My Dragon, Kevlar To My Vest , Keys To My Cuffs, Life To My Flight , Hissy Fit, Talkin' Trash, Lord Have Mercy, Hide Your Crazy, How About No, I'd Rather Not, Make Me, Sinners are Winners, If You Say So, Just Kidding, Herd That, Fries Before Guys, Crazy Heifer, Maybe Swearing Will Help, Keep it Classy, Chute Yeah, Get Bucked, May Contain Wine, Jokes on You
Banner Spurlock knew the moment that he walked into Kilgore High School and saw Perry Street that life was about to get interesting.
Forced to move due to a problem at home, a problem in the form of his ex-best friend hating him for something that Banner’s father did, Banner doesn’t think very much could improve in his life.
He left his status as king of Benton High School behind and moved to a new school where not only would he have to try out for a new football team and prove himself, but he’d also have to find a place for himself in the hierarchy.
Only, the moment that he arrives, he knows that finding a place for himself won’t be too hard. Especially when his reputation follows him all the way to Kilgore, Texas.
Perry Street hates school. She hates her peers—most of them anyway—and she hates her classes. All she wants to do is finish her senior year, graduate, and find a place that will give her a full scholarship so that she doesn’t have to be stuck here forever.
That’s her goal, anyway.
Then she walks into first period, on her first day of her senior year, and sits down. Seconds later, he walks in and changes every single plan she’s ever made.
It isn’t long before Perry starts to fall for the bad boy who doesn’t care who he does and doesn’t impress. The boy makes her heart flutter. The boy makes her want things that she’s never wanted before. Not ever.
The boy brings trouble with him that nearly kills her.
Banner Spurlock is the boy there is something about! He has moved to Kilgore to finish his senior year after trouble with a former friend back in Benton, Louisiana. Of course, the troubled student follows Banner and the drama between these two just has a new stage upon which to play.
Perry Street is a senior in high school, looking forward to her final year of high school and all her sports. She plays volleyball, runs track, and runs cross country. Perry is dedicated to her athletics; in most books, its the male protagonist that is athletic and always training, watching what they eat, and the likes. Perry shows us that female athletes are just as dedicated to their sport and I think its a really positive message for young girls.
Banner and Perry have a quick sort of chemistry but Perry is a bit fractious but Banner plows right through her prickly exterior. You have lots of typical HS type events-the mean head cheerleader, the boy sneaking into the girl’s room, going to HS sporting events. But, there is some sex in the story, so don’t think that because its YA that it’s not steamy.
Of course I love Banner’s family (his parents, his brother, and his sister all have their own books), but Perry’s family was beguiling! Her parents are of different races, and she was adopted and is the race of neither of her parents! Her dad is odd and his relationship with Perry is adorable. I loved the times when both families were together because you get a lot of awesome in one room.
I want to give one possible trigger warning. Normally, I would put these as a spoiler, but you learn about the incident in the first chapter. Given the state of the world today, I feel it is important to know the reason Banner and his former friend Vance are now enemies. Banner’s dad is a cop. Vance’s dad was a drug dealing abusive husband. Vance’s dad took his step-mother hostage after she tried to leave. He held a gun to her head and Banner’s dad ended up shooting Vance’s dad in order to save the step-mother. So, while the event itself is only described in the very beginning of the story, it might be a difficult story for some to enjoy based on current (and not so current) events.
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: first love
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Perry is physically assaulted and when she is found, they believe she has been raped because her pants and underwear are gone « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: Stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with cute epilogue « Hide Spoiler
classic New Adult stories like Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window by Kirsty Mosley…then you will probably like Somethin’ About That Boy!