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Summary

She's hiding something big. He's hiding someone small.

Bridger Macaulley used to be a player both on and off the ice. But now, while his teammates chase the next hockey victory, Bridger worries that the dean will discover he's housing his eight-year-old sister in his dorm room. Juggling a full course load and a big secret, it's only a matter of time until the other skate drops.

Scarlet Crowley is the only freshman at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. Her name is as new as the shiny student ID it's printed on. The only way to survive college will be to conceal her identity, even if it means lying to the green-eyed boy she's falling for.

Bridger and Scarlet form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won't work anymore. And if they can't learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they've struggled to keep.

©2014 Sarina Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Amazing Series

This was even better than the first book. I loved Bridger and Scarlet's story. It had plenty of drama plus a sweet developing romance with a HEA.

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  • Cyndi
  • 15-09-16

Loving this series!! Great 2nd book!!!

I'm loving this series! I didn't know how this book was going to compare to book 1 but it seriously was just as good, if not better!! Sarina Bowen is great at seriously deep issues with a huge side of happily ever after! The issues these characters had to deal with were extremely hard but they both handled it so well I wanted to cheer for them. Bridger was so different than I thought he was after book 1. His character was amazing! Scarlet is such a tough girl, she had some seriously big things going on in her life and she just wanted to get away from it all and go to college but life only follows her. Together these two are so perfect, they are hot and in love! Can't wait to move on to the next book!

The narration in this book was great too!

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  • Ulyana
  • 25-06-16

I like the way she writes relationships

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She has a way of writing that makes her characters seem real. I wish we would been able to see Scarlet and Bridger's relationship develop more. It seemed like we only got to know them through the lens of their issues . Everything hinged so heavily on the drama unfolding and take over the romance. There's never a moment when it's clear why they are drawn to each other. The story did pick up pace again somewhere around the 75% only to face a rushed ending with some resolutions a bit too convenient.
Also, if you are expecting some hockey in this book you are going to be disappointed. This is more college romance than hockey romance. But overall, yes, a good story.

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  • ReadingMad100
  • 04-08-18

Well-written secrets.

Scarlet and Bridger each guarded troubling secrets they kept from everyone, including each other. Despite this, they built a sweet relationship that was a joy for me as a reader to experience. Their lives were so full of mess and complication that they could only steal snippets of time to be together and those moments became the highlights of their gruelling weeks. The build-up to the love is so natural and sweet that it was quite a delicious read. Scarlet and Bridger are admirable, loveable, tenacious, resourceful and loving people. Their story held several surprises and twists that added suspense and sometimes danger, making this one very enjoyable reading/listening experience.

Very well told and heart-warming.

I can't say enough times how much I LOVE these narrators. LOVE THEM, LOVE THEM.

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  • Jo Fergus
  • 30-07-18

Two people finding their first loves

Some people manage to skate through their life with little to no drama and others seem to get everything thrown at them. I don't know why that is but the old saying - it's not what happens to you, it's how you deal with it - is very true.

Bridger is a college hockey star who has a very bright future ahead of him when he has no choice but to remove his little sister from their family to be her sole caregiver. He has always helped look after her anyway but now he is responsible for providing for her in every way a parent would have. He is about to learn the art of juggling as he copes with his study requirements, a part time job, getting Lucy to school each day and hiding the fact that she lives in his dorm. He has no time for anything else in his life, including his beloved hockey.

Scarlet is in her first year at college, desperate to make a fresh start. She plans on laying low, getting on with her work and enjoy the breathing space that being away from her home town and family now offers her. She may be away from the chaos for now but the issues in her family life keep knocking on her door. Her plan to keep to herself all year ends when she meets someone, the super cute and persistent Bridger. Initially she steers clear of him but he is either stalking her or they keep meeting by coincidence, or maybe it is fate?

Bridger and Scarlet become friends. Both of them have secrets they are hiding from each other and the world in general but having someone you can count on is something they both need. Individually, they are going through some heavy stuff, things that have forced them to grow up and be projected into adulthood a bit faster than normal. It's amazing what you can cope with when you have no choice but to do just that.

Everything they have to deal with brings them closer together and they find strength in each other. I loved Bridger, his dedication to his sister and how his sense of family was so important to him despite what his home situation was like. There is a lot happening in this story but it is also a journey of two people finding their first loves.

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  • annie
  • 02-06-18

LOVED IT SO MUCH!! ALL THE FEELS!!!!

I loved this one, even more than book 1...I cried for Bridger and Scarlet...they both had secrets that were so life affecting..and to be so young...Both of them were forced into older roles before they should have been! I like how it turned out for them...and I hope they make it..and Lucy!! I love that little girl...we should all have a brother as good as Bridge!!! On to the Novella now...Loving this series!!!

I RECOMMEND!!!!

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  • Linda
  • 01-04-18

How much can two people endure?

This book sent me on an absolute roller coaster ride of emotions ! Just when I thought I couldn’t take anymore things began to turn around ! Wow ! What a ride!

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  • Lovinghotbooks1
  • 09-03-18

I love it


A story about two people finding each other when they struggling with life the most.
This is what I liked:
* Very good storyline
* Great characters descriptions
* No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
* Lots of dialogues
* I listened to audio book and it was clear voices with good pronunciation so it was easy to listen to.
* Sweet, hot and emotional love scenes
* It’s a story filled with feelings so it made me both laugh and cry.

This was even better than the first book in this series so I went and bought book 3. Solid 5 stars 🌟 if you love a good romance with a minimal amount of drama but very intriguing storyline.

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  • Lora J.
  • 26-01-18

Powerful Story

This story was so great. I really enjoyed listening and wish there would have been more!!!

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  • Quinn Bowman
  • 10-01-18

I love this series!!

So good! I loved Scarlet and Bridger's story. I love how much heart Sarina puts in her books. Another top recommendation!

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 02-01-18

Unique and engaging story!

We meet the heroine of this story just as she sneaks out of her house and capes to college- I say “escape” because she has carefully changed hers name legally and waits until her parents drive away to makes a break for it. We find out that her father, a Stanley Cup winning hockey player has been indicted for multiple counts of pedophilia. The heroine has lost her senior year of high school being shunned ad kicked off the girls hockey team due to her father
Once at her college, she meets a handsome boy and keeps running into him all over campus. They are really attracted and soon become more than friends. Only he also has a secret that complicates their relationship. Narration was well done.