By Elizabeth Marx
April 11, 2016
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Love at first sight versus lust you can’t fight.
Libby Tucker is a cutter–a nobody waitress in a college town–at least that’s what everyone believes. But admission to law school is Libby’s ticket out of Indiana and her escape from small town life forever.
During a night on the town, Libby beats the most competitive athlete on campus at pool and draws more attention from him than she’s prepared for.
Aidan Palowski is one of those jocks your friends warned you about–the kind that never loose–the kind that put notches in their baseball bats. As the closing pitcher on the best baseball team in the Big Ten, he’s on his way to the major leagues. Aidan always gets what he wants and Libby is the final home run he wants to hit out of the park.
The last thing Libby needs is to get sidetracked by a superstar jock. Afraid that she might be on a collision course with love at first sight Libby keeps her distance, but the longer she holds out the more Aidan realizes it’s a case of lust he can’t fight.
What happens when worthy opponents refuse to play their hearts out?
Elizabeth Marx is a brilliant writer. Her work sucked me right in and kept me turning to read another chapter until the book was finished. And then I was ticked off. Do I want to read Binding Arbitration? Or do I want to just stomp off mad at Aidan for being such a jerk? (For now, I’m still sulking, but I may come around simply because this couple and their story is too good not to read.) The alternating points of view offer a vivid and raw accounting of Libby and Aidan. They may be best friends, but they’re denying their obvious attraction to one another. When Aidan saves Libby from a serious situation, they give in to their feelings. Aidan is present when Libby finds out she’s pregnant, but he basically walks away from the “problem” and jaunts off to his professional baseball career. He feels betrayed at the graduation ceremony when he learns that Libby didn’t abort the baby and also was sigma cum laude, yet he admits to himself he still holds feelings for her. Aidan’s nickname is Band-Aid. The feeling one is left with at the end of the book is almost as painful as what’s inflicted when a Band-Aid is ripped off without warning. Yeah, I think I’ll need to read the sequel.
The writing is phenomenal. That receives five stars easily. (The 3.5 rating has nothing to do with the writing – it has to do with not having a HEA.)
Yes, grudgingly. Even though I like HEA, sometimes delaying the gratification is worth it, especially when an author is as talented of a writer as Ms. Marx.