Tori Albert is eighteen, her confidence level is zero. Her life experience…also zero. She’s a girl lost in the shuffle, hiding in the shadows, craving attention. If only someone, anyone, would notice her, maybe life would improve.
Grant Donovan can’t stop noticing Tori, but she is young, inexperienced and naïve. She is also his best friend’s younger sister. Grant knows the best thing he can do is just walk away. So why the hell isn’t he walking away?
When a late night knock lands across her bedroom door, Tori knows what stands behind it could end in disaster…but how many time does opportunity come knocking?
Just when she thinks her luck is finally changing, the assurance Tori believes she has finally found is taken away. With new assets and a new goal in sight, Tori will soon learn her new found confidence isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Unfortunately, some things you just have to learn the hard way.
*Contains Mature Content
This is interesting story with a good message behind it, although there's something about the execution of the story that seemed a bit off to me. Maybe the dual POV of the same events? I like a dual POV story, but only if each side is a continuation of the story, not the same story told again from each side.
Tori is the teenage girl we've all experienced at some point in our lives; maybe not as down on ourselves as she is, but to some degree we've felt the way she feels at the beginning of the story. All she wants is someone to notice her the way she hears her brother and his friends talk about females. Lucky for her, her brother's friend Grant shows up at the right moment to prevent her from making a serious mistake that she might one day regret. As time goes on, Tori becomes "friends" with a young woman who shows Tori how to look glamorous on the outside, but neglects the lessons of learning to love yourself for who you are on the inside. The changes that Tori experience take away from who she really is.
Grant is a very likable character who has always had an eye for Tori, but has never allowed himself to act on his feelings for her because as his friend's sister due to a self-imposed code to honor his friendship with her brother. Over time though we get to see the dynamics of their friendship evolve, and although they take separate paths in life, Grant is more than shocked while home for a visit and sees the new version of Tori.
What I liked about this book is that it's not all about sex, it's more of an emotional journey about a young woman finally learning to love herself for who she really is, and the young man who loves her in spite of the physical changes she's gone through.
Book provided in exchange for honest review.