Between Everything and Us, Rebecca Paula (Sutton College #1)
Published January 20th 2015
Source-e-ARC from author
Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.
After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.
I reviewed Rebecca Paula’s debut Everly After last year and I could not have loved it more. I felt like I found a bit of my beloved Beckett in Beau Grady. Beau has all the right appeal for a college girl looking for romance a) he’s hot, b) he’s a hockey player, and c) he’s got a motorcycle. Enough said. However, there’s more to Beau that meets the eye, and the rumors on campus don’t begin to get to the truth.
Matisse- Mati, is trying to prove she can make it as an art student after failing out of her first school. She tries – really tries! – her hardest to avoid the distraction in her hot new roommate. She has an eye on a prestigious internship and is trying to keep her parents happy with her performance at school.
There’s a slow burn between Beau and Mati which I loved. They annoy each other into flirtation and some serious sexual tension. I loved the back and forth- will they or won’t they? Beau hides behind the rumors about his reasons for dropping out of school. He doesn’t feel like he’s good enough for Mati:
Mati is a someday-girl, the one you’re supposed to meet later when you’re less of a prick and have your shit together. Someday girls are lost to idiots like me now, and if I’m being honest, they don’t’ exist in the future either. Because there’s a guy who is ready, who does know how to be an adult and can love a girl like Mati as much as she deserves. And those guys turn someday girls into forever girls and leave us losers to keep chasing after a string of hookups while we’re stuck remembering the one perfect girl who got away.
Sigh – after all the build up I wanted more. It felt like Beau and Mati went from interested in each other, to cooling things off, then straight into a relationship -and then on their way out again . Give me the pay-off for the slow burn! I wanted less fighting and more flirting! Paula definitely does write hot romances though-that you can count on. Rebecca Paula is an author I will for sure keep reading and I am curious to see what else goes on at Sutton College!
Thank you Rebecca for this advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion.