Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars
This story was emotionally charged, mysterious and dark, with a layered plot that kept me turning the pages. The alternating pattern of past-present storytelling reinforces the suspense but can be somewhat confusing at times.
The Blackhawk Boys are a group of friends playing on their university football team. Arrow and Brogan are best friends since childhood. When both of them fall for the same girl, Mia Mendez, their friendship is put to the test. Mia is a hard working girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Her life has not been easy, living in a trailer with her alcoholic father and a brother in prison for drug dealing. But she is determined to make a better life for herself. Even if she is Brogan’s girlfriend, she is attracted to Arrow.
Arrow is the rich kid from the group. He has it all, the looks, the money and a promising football career. Brogan is the closest thing he’s ever had to a brother. However he wants Mia more than anything else.
“The thing you want so desperately that the idea of having it makes you as sick to your stomach as the idea of never having it.”
Misunderstandings, jealousy and bad choices will have tragic consequences when a hit-and-run accident will destroy lives.
After the accident, Arrow’s life is spinning out of control. His sense of guilt is overwhelming. After a stay in a drug rehab center, he has to serve a house-arrest sentence. Arrow and Mia’s life will never be the same again but can Mia help him and identify the person responsible for the accident?
Overall, this story was intense, emotional and tragic. So don’t expect funny banter between students ! My main issue is that I never really could connect with the characters. Their interactions felt a bit superficial. The story ended rather abruptly, but on a note of hope for Arrow and Mia. I look forward to reading more about them in the next book in this series.
ARC kindly provided by Season Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review