Series: Love #1
Published by Self-Published on May 17th 2013
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MacKenzie Cahill has dealt with overbearing and overprotective brothers her entire life, making it near impossible to enjoy her teenage years. Having a boyfriend was practically impossible until she met a guy that wasn't afraid to stand up to them - Dominic. He was sweet, thoughtful, and everything MacKenzie ever wanted in a man. But when they go away to college at Old Dominion University, MacKenzie sees a whole new side of Dominic and begins to wonder if he really is different from every other guy. Her world is turned upside down after a party, and her brothers' best friend Hunter is the one there to offer her a shoulder to cry on. The chemistry between them is electric, and feelings for each other that have been hidden for years are finally voiced. Is Hunter willing to be disloyal to his best friends in order to be with the one girl he's always secretly wanted?
Even at a very young age, MacKenzie always knew that Hunter was "THE ONE". Hunter did too but because of friendship and loyalty to her brothers he decides not to pursue her. She then decides to "settle" and try to move on with her life with Dominic. Her relationship with Dominic was I would say mediocre. Yes, she cares for him and loves him - but she wasn't IN LOVE with him. When he moves away to college she senses changes in their relationship. He's hiding something and instead of confronting him she turns a blind eye. Even when she moves and goes to college in the same school she can tell that something in their relationship is just not quite right. One night she finally opens her eyes and sees what was really going on and ends it. Seeing MacKenzie getting hurt repeatedly, Hunter realizes that enough is enough and decides to pull it together and finally take action.
“You are my heart, always and forever.”
In the beginning , I was a little frustrated with Hunter but realized that all that wasted time was necessary for them to grow and mature individually. Even with that long wait and the trials that came their way they were still able to pull it together.I loved reading about ALL of their firsts. And when they got to that point, I thought that their passion and romance was perfect.
I liked that the story was family oriented and how her parents were always supportive of her decisions. Being married to my brother’s best friend, I can totally relate to the over protective brothers. Talk about deja vu. The intertwining of multiple families was also appreciated. I also loved the other couples mentioned in the story and hope to read more about them. Novella maybe? Or a surprise chapter or a longer epilogue? Anything to tide over this lingering book hangover that Ms. Smith is to blame for. Please?
“I’m done trying to stay away. I can’t do this anymore. I need you like my life depends on it.”
The only thing about this story was the cliffhanger. And what a cliffhanger it is! Talk about one bat $hit crazy biatch…. I mean, come on really… who would do that ? Argh! I see some jail time in someone’s future.
This is seriously one of those stories that’s going to keep you wondering EVERYDAY for months! If I knew how this was going to end, I truly would have waited to read this closer to the Book 2 release because the wait is absolutely going to be agonizing.
Other than that cliffhanger – I absolutely loved it.
My Casting Picks:
D. Franco as Hunter and Sophia Bush as MacKenzie.