Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.
Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.
As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger.
How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .
“Sometimes I can’t decide if you’re the angel someone put in my life to make it better or some device of the devil here to take away the last few pieces of my soul.”
I am a huge fan of Nicole Williams and have enjoyed several of her books and series. I was excited to have the opportunity to read the story of Knox and Charlie. The synopsis had me intrigued, and I could not wait to read about the allusive Knox Jagger. The character I was most surprised by was not the charming Knox, but the sassy heroine, Charlie. It took a few chapters to warm up to Charlie, but I found her refreshingly unique. She is definitely not the meek and mild mannered heroine that is often seen in NA books. She might come across as abrasive, but I loved seeing her true self emerge as the book progresses and she grows closer to Knox.
“Why would I want to and get all normal when being abnormal is so much more interesting.”
Nicole has created both amazing “good guy” heroes and “bad boy”. It was interesting to see a hybrid of the two. While everyone believes Knox to be a bad boy fighter, it becomes obvious he is much more than the facade he creates. That is not to say he is not mysterious and allusive. He and Charlie develop a delicate relationship as she unravels the mystery of her drugging. Their relationship is definitely not insta love but realistic and slow burning. I loved reading their intense moments but also their adorable banter.
“Why do you have to be so difficult all the time? There isn’t a prize for the person who dies with the highest record of frustrating the hell out of people.”
Rounding out the storyline, is a great cast of supporting characters. There are a few that I adored, like a sweet and caring roommate. Others are obnoxious and overbearing but add a lot of depth to the storyline. The story flowed well; I read it one afternoon. I was hooked from the beginning and did not want it to end. Happily, there was a complete ending; no cliffhanger here. I hope that we get to see a little more of Charlie and Knox in the future though.
I would recommend this book to an NA Romance fan! ~ Rebecca
I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.