Since she was eight years old, Lilly Rayne Nightingale felt like Fate was trying to wipe away her existence through a series of odd, near fatal incidences. Luckily, her best friend Will was always one step ahead of Fate preventing her from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Will was her knight in shining armor until he broke her heart after their one and only kiss.
On Lilly’s first day of college, she meets Brand Cole. Intrigued by Brand, Lilly must decide whether or not she can give up her adolescent fantasy of being reunited with Will and allow Brand the opportunity to conqueror her heart.
Not only do Will and Brand both love Lilly, they share a dark secret neither wants Lilly to discover. Lilly thinks Fate is after her once again when a new series of attempts on her life start to take place, but she soon learns someone of flesh and blood is trying to kill her this time.
We meet Lilly as she’s starting her first official day of college. She is convinced that she leads a cursed life when she misses her entire first lecture. But it isn’t the first time she has been the victim of circumstance. In a later class she meets Brand, and she’s convinced she’s never met anyone more perfect. He even has a British accent to go along with this devastating good looks and his respectful charm. It’s obvious from the very start that Brand is taken with her. And she’d be just as taken with him, if it weren’t for Will. Will was her best childhood friend, aside from Tara, and the one who saved her always. But after they had a first kiss, he seemed to put as much distance between them as possible, until there was nothing BUT distance.
I loved the characters in this book. Utha Mae, Malcolm, Lilly, Brand, Abby, Will, Tara….all of them. And there is a whole lot that I’m not going to tell you. I will say I was surprised at a few things, not so much at others. And even though this was left at a cliffhanger, it wasn’t a crap-tastic one. It was still a satisfying end. BUT there are these nagging questions…yeah. Not asking them here. I’ll let all of you figure it out.
Ms. West’s book started out a little flat for me, but before it was over, I was obsessively reading about these characters and couldn’t wait to get my greedy hands on the next two books. After checking on Amazon, she has an entire COLLECTION of books based in this world, and I cannot wait to delve deeper into them. So would I recommend this book? This is good and safe for anyone to read. This isn’t middle grades or anything, so I’d leave it to those in high school at the youngest. But that’s simply due to the characters being in college and dealing with more adultish themes.
Once upon a time, a little girl was born on a cold winter morning in the heart of Seoul, Korea. She was brought to America by her parents and raised in the Deep South where the words ma’am and y’all became an integrated part of her lexicon. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight and continued writing on and off during her teenage years. In college she studied biology and chemistry and finally combined the two by earning a master’s degree in biochemistry. After that she moved to Yankee land where she lived for four years working in a laboratory at Cornell University. Homesickness and snow aversion forced her back South where she lives in the land which spawned Jim Henson, Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, John Grisham and B.B. King. After finding her Prince Charming, she gave birth to a wondrous baby girl and they all lived happily ever after.