by: Tania Lasenburg
Running away from his feelings is the one race he’ll never win …
A star athlete and Olympic prospect, Kal Carter is bound for greatness. Everyone says it, only he’s not sure he entirely believes it. Because he’s lost something he can’t replace, and most days feels like he’s holding up the sky; and doing it all on his own.
To maintain focus, he never lets anyone close except in the most superficial ways and he’s become very good at it. Until a long, cold week when the solitary girl next-door who never speaks, smiles or makes eye-contact barges into his life and seems poised to upend the whole doggone thing. – Goodreads
I am just going to jump straight to the point. This book was fantastic and every person on this earth needs to read it.
I was recommend this read by my girl and fellow reader, Jazmen. And when I first began reading, I was like alright . . . this could be something. And not even a chapter later, I was hooked and had a desperate need to finish the book.
Kal is what I would have wanted when I was dating. The honesty he has with the women he involves himself with became my undoing. You couldn’t be mad at him, in no shape or form. I can’t even say that he was emotionally turned off either because he told you things but only what he wanted to tell you. Nothing prompted him to say more than needed but that didn’t make him cold or mean.
When he met Asha, it was what he was missing but he nor she were naive enough to jump. I love how they were adults about the whole situation and when feelings got involved it was a no BS situation. I am telling you, I was so happy to see the no BS; it is super rare to see in books and sometimes real life.
Beyond Kal being perfect, Asha was a gem as well. She was strong but at the same time understood that yes, she can do things on her own with no problem but she wants someone to have. She acknowledged the fact that she was lonely and didn’t want to be sheltered her entire life, specifically the rest of her college days. Kal did help her with this. Basically while she was growing, so was he and they grew together.
The pace of the novel was great. There weren’t arguments or a bunch of sex and drama happening in this book; which is perfect by the way. The author got you invested into Kal and Asha not only as a couple but as individuals and that is what did it. You wanted to know more about both of them and you wanted them to be okay above being a couple. I freaking loved that.
Finally, the intimacy. It was almost on a level that I can barely speak on. Kal loved Asha before he ever uttered the words and their intimate moments showed that and you, as the reader, felt that.
I love this book and I highly recommend it.