Nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad leaves her conservative Pennsylvania home for sunny California, looking for independence, a fresh start, and a place to stash her grief. She promptly finds a job at a tattoo parlor, a craptastic first apartment, and one friend - Ryan - who is a little less friend, a little more benefits.
Deo Beckett is a soulful surfer with a passion for tattoos and beautiful women. On the eve of his twenty-second birthday, he finds himself living with his grandfather, recently unemployed, and seriously adrift. He doesn't know much about what he wants out of life, but he does know his current situation isn't cutting it. When Deo meets Whit, she's all sexy makeup and fierce, smart-ass fun.
It doesn't take him long to see past her tough shell. And when he gets a good look at what's under all the superficial stuff that usually gets his attention, it leaves Deo wondering if there might be more to life than living fast and free. Too bad Whit has a past she doesn't plan on sharing - no matter how hot Deo is. She might want him, but she knows better than to let her guard down.
It's one of those books that doesn't really stand out from others. Not bad, not great. The narrators definitely made the book more interesting.
Abby Craden- 5 stars
Sean Crisden- 4.5. His female voices (especially the crying ones) need some work. They were a bit cringeworthy. At the end, his Cohen voice was very old manish. He used the same voice that was used for the grandfather for a guy in his 20s.
Loves this book. My son is In army so I hurt for whit. Can't wait to listen to cohens story. Good job writers