"We all make mistakes and do things we wish we could take back, but it is what we do after that truly matters...and I like your after." - Lisa De Jong, Plastic Hearts
This book was a freebie for me and I am so glad I decided to pick it up! Lately I've been feeling like there's been way more quantity than quality in the book deals department. This was definitely an exception, though- a diamond in the rough! I enjoyed this book. Some parts were a little predictable, but nevertheless I enjoyed the story.
Alex has always been a Greenwich, high class, finely dressed, pre-med, pre-life determined girl. Her parents have made all of her decisions for her and have set her on the path of the life they want for her. Alex has never really tried to stir things up. She's gone with the routine, done the things her parents wants of her, because all she's ever really wanted was to feel accepted, appreciated, seen, and/or loved by her parents. While Alex's heart is in Art, she's taken on Pre-Med to make her parents happy. She's dated the boy who her mom wants her to, based on his family's elite social status. She's done all these things looking for love and little does she know, in a dark club on a random night, love walks right up to her.
Meet Dane Wright. Ohh, Dane. He's dreamy.
He's everything she's not supposed to like. He's tattooed, rough around the edges, a bartender, and an artist. Alex tries to push him away. She acts like she's not interested. She tries to keep herself from feeling for him. He knows better. Dane knows that Alex is meant to be his. He knows she'll come around. He knows she's the one.
Alex can see the pain, the hurt, the sadness within Dane. He's had a hard life and he's starting to make something of himself, for himself after everything he's been through. Dane owns his choices, he does what he wants, and goes for what he really wants in life. He doesn't let the past or inconsequential things get to him.
Alex, on the other hand, can rev him up or break him down like nothing or no one in his life ever has. Will she be able to accept him for him or will she go back to her cookie cutter ways? Will she let love walk away to please those she's always so desperately tried to impress? Read it to find out!
"I learned a long time ago that most of my family and friends had plastic hearts. Plastic hearts are made so they cannot be broken. Cracked maybe, but never broken." --Alex