Series: Flat-Out Love #2
Published by Self-Published on May 22nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.
But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.
Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.
Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.
Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.
I’ve read countless books after Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt but because of its extraordinary story line paired with these remarkably eccentric characters, there was no way, no how I would have ever forgotten this series. I feel just the same with Flat-Out Celeste..is it pretty much unforgettable.
In this book, Celeste is now a high school senior. She however hardly acts as if she is, though. While she should be preoccupied with socializing and soaking up all the fun and games that high school has to offer her hours are spent filling out Ivy League college applications.
Due to her social skills, degree of maturity and even her not-so-great self-esteem you could define her as a loner. What is great about her though is that she is willing to go through extreme measures in attempts to fit in. It is when she stops making the effort when significant people begin to enter her life. One of which is Justin.
Justin has just as many idiosyncracies as Celeste. (Although Celeste remains to be in a league of her own) At first, you would never think that they would actually work but he fits her and she him. Another thing going against them is the distance. Most distant relationships are bound to fail. With them, however, it was as if that the time and all those miles apart is what made their relationship flourish.
“Sometimes you need someone to carry you, until you can do that yourself. Let me carry you. You’re almost there. God, please, you have me, and I want you.”
What was great about Celeste’s counterpart -Justin is by no means is he your typical alpha-male hero. He isn’t in a motorcycle club, nor is he an athlete, a musician or an assassin yet even if he wasn’t any of those swoony types that we read about so often in romances of today he still had this tremendous amount of romance and passion that left me “heartmelty”.
I will admit that I did find the first thirty percent lengthy up to the point that I wanted to shelve it but after meeting Justin I couldn’t put this book down. Through it, all I found it endearing witnessing two amazing characters weave through the emotions of falling in love for the first time.
What I loved most about it was that unexpected cameo appearance towards the end. To me, it was what made the overall story PRICELESS!