Skylar McKenzie is a serious artist with a plan. She'll graduate high school, travel around Europe, then leave her life in Texas and move to New York. She'll also leave her feelings for the boy she's known her whole life, behind and move on. Or so she hopes.
Jackson Cruz is ready for a future as a star quarterback once he graduates high school. It's the path he's been leading for years now. But when his cheerleader girlfriend cheats on him, and a teammate causes a lot of drama, he wonders if this is really the life he's wanted, or if there's something more.
They thought they had it all figured out-their futures. But life doesn't always go as planned. With feelings revealed, their dreams on the line, this is a year for changes, choices, and a love that might or might not overcome all obstacles.
Told in Jackson and Skylar’s POV, this is a story about acceptance, first love, embracing your passions and finding your way, even if it’s not the way you had planned.
“Jackson?” Skylar’s voice is a breath of air.
“Do you think your dad will ever date again?” Her question surprises me, but I’ve wondered that myself. He just makes an excuse that he’s too busy.
I move my head so I can look at her, “I’d like to think he’ll meet someone. But he doesn’t seem interested.”
“My mom’s the same way. She works too much so she claims she’s too tired.” Absentmindedly, I run my fingers up and down her arm. “I think she’s still scared of the idea.” I can relate. “Sometimes I can still hear my dad’s voice, telling me what to do.” Her voice takes on a haunted tone. My hand reaches her fingertips, slowly tracing the length of her newly manicured fingers. “Does the pain ever go away?”
I stop moving; wracking my brain for an answer but come up short. “I don’t know, honestly. We've both lost a parent in a different way. I imagine it’ll get easier. You know why?”
She pivots her body so she’s on her side, facing me. “Why?”
I lean close to her, reach out to touch her face and say, “Because I’m gonna remind you of all the memories I have of him, to make you smile, laugh and feel grateful for the time you got to spend with him. Because that’s what he’d want.” A tear falls from her eye. My head dips slightly, kissing it away.
She wraps her arm around my waist. “That would really help, Jackson. And I’m sure he’s watching us from wherever he is, smiling and happy that his daughter is happy with such an incredible guy.”
It brings a smile to my face and I hope her dad knows how grateful I am to him for bringing such an amazing girl into the world. I’ll do my best to show her how special she is. I can be that guy for her. I will be. I hold her tight against me, massaging her back. Our legs are tangled together. There’s no such thing as perfect; in a perfect world, maybe. But this is anything but a perfect world. However; this night, this moment, is as close to perfect as you can get. I close my eyes, soaking up the warmth emanating from her body, listening to her steady heartbeat.
Annie Brewer leads several lives. At home she's a caring mother of two with a heart of gold. Online, she's a best friend to several and puts a smile on her many fans every time she utters a word. In her own world, she's a dreamer. But the biggest part of her is made of books, books, and more books. It's not a surprise she's turned out to be such a talented young author. Some of her many hobbies include reading, drooling over Ian Somerhalder, Channing Tatum,and Christian Grey (etc.), reading, reviewing, reading, watching Vampire Diaries, reading, and last but not least WRITING like a maniac. She currently resides in Texas, where she dies of heat-strokes every few seconds, with her many books and book-boyfriends, and her two adorable little girls.
Skylar and Jackson were best friends growing up. They have both lost a parent but in different ways. Skylar has been able to cope better with the loss of her father after a tragic accident but Jackson on the other hand has not been able to deal with the loss of his mother as easily. That loss though was a choice.
Jackson and Skylar are now in High School and no longer as close as they once were but they still harbor deep feelings for each other. Jackson is on the football team and dating a cheerleader while Skylar is an outcast. Although I wouldn't say that Jackson is rude to Skylar the way his girlfriend Amber is, he sure doesn't try to be nice to her. Jackson is living his life day to day and not to its fullest. He has the fear that all of the people he truly loves will one day leave him. That's why he has always kept Skylar at a distance.
Between the conversations and hints from his brother Jared and along with his growing feelings for Skylar eventually Jackson wakes up and takes his life into his own hands. He goes after the things that he wants and what makes him happy!
I enjoyed reading about Skylar and Jackson plus really enjoyed Jackson's jealousy over Jared's relationship with Skylar. I thought Monica and Jake were wonderful friends to both Jackson and Skylar and would love a book about them. It was told from both Skylar and Jackson's POV and also it was an instant love book.... they had been best friends for YEARS and finally were able to get to the relationship stage.
This story definitely has a cliffhanger ending that will leave you wandering what is going to happen next. I am left with questions that will just have to wait to be answered! Overall though, well done Annie Brewer! You took me back to my high school days and young love!