Between Everything and Us by Rebecca Paula

Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.

After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.

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4 Star Review

This book was a really tough start for me. The first few chapters were a little hard to get into, the writing was choppy and I was having a little trouble following the characters and plots. THANK GOODNESS I did not stop there!! The book really improves by chapter 4 and actually becomes pretty spectacular.

I liked both of the characters and the story took a couple of turns I didn’t expect, but completely loved. This book is really a book about finding your way and figuring out what path to take. There is also a major plot point that I won’t give away, but that was so big and so well done it made this book feel like nothing I’ve ever read before.

The sexual chemistry between these two was palpable and the tension in the book was wonderfully crafted. Beau was a guy you kind of think is a jerk at the beginning but you quickly come to realize he’s a good, no great guy. There is a nice slow burn and a believable friendship that develops leading to a very realistic relationship. There are so many things going on with these two, but all of the issues are believable and work with each other so it never comes across as false drama, a definitely plus.

I laughed, my breath caught in my throat, my stomach dropped and my tears fell. The book was good and I’m definitely going to seek out the next book in the series.

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