About the Book
Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.
They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.
But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.
“Everybody has their shit to shovel, Callahan. Everybody.” He gave my hand a squeeze, and then took his back. “Now, yours is right up front where everybody can see it. I don’t envy you that. But everybody has some, whether you can see it or not.”
Both main characters are hockey players that are unable to play due to physical disabilities. Adam Hartley broke his leg, so he's temporarily unable to play for his team. Corey Callahan, on the other hand, is in a wheelchair from an accident during her senior year of high school and she is no longer able to play. But they both meet during her first year of college because they're both assigned to accessible rooms.
It's been a while since I've read a new adult romance. I don't know why I keep forgetting how much I love these things. The drama is so high, which is great! I needed that more than I realized.
Hartley is a butt. But he's also awesome. It's complicated and I can't go into too many details. He needed so many smacks upside his head for his insolence. Also, I really liked his story. Especially his mom. She's fabulous.
I really liked how Corey was portrayed as a strong character, especially with her disability. And how she wasn't trying to stand out or be held back. She just wanted to live her life and do what she wanted to do. And so I think the way the disability was portrayed in this story was pretty good.
There were many times while I was reading/listening (depending on the time of day) in which I had to yell at the book because Hartley was being a punk. Or Corey's parents were being dumb. And I loved feeling all the feels as I read the book.
Anyway, I recommend you lot check this one out. And I'm going to need to read the rest of the books in this series.