"The Natural History of Us" [The Fine Art of Pretending Series, Book 2] by Rachel Harris
Author's Book Description : One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! It had always been Peyton’s plan to attend Fairfield Academy (instead of being homeschooled) once she reached her Freshman year of high school. However, coming down with an unexpected illness not long before she began the school year definitely was not in her plan. Therefore, she begins at Fairfield Academy once she is in recovery during the middle of her Freshman year, which is the same day she meets Justin (all-round Fairfield Academy hottie, player, and baseball player). They come from completely different worlds but they are drawn together and fall into a sort-of relationship quickly. Yet, when things get tough, Justin makes a plan to brake them up. Yet, though Justin’s plan works and he goes back to his player ways, he regrets it more than anything else. So, during the last month, or so, of their Senior year when Peyton and Justin get thrown together for a school project Justin plans on laying it all on the line to win Peyton back for good. But will he be too late?
This touching sweet YA romance, will leave you reeling one moment and then contentedly rooting for Justin and Peyton the next. Unexpectedly charming. There was no point when I hated either Justin or Peyton, they were such good characters, and their backstories made me feel for both of them. The depth of this novel intrigued me so much I had a tough time putting it down.
Justin and Peyton’s attraction, instant connection, and camaraderie were what won me over. Then adding in Peyton’s attitude towards Justin when their project begins gave the novel an entertaining twist that gets the reader immersed in their “relationship” from the beginning. They may look like opposites, because of their family backgrounds and where they live, but at the core of who they are, they seem to have a lot of similarities. It made me happy to see them coming together after so long being apart. Especially since, once they start to working out their issues between themselves they help each another to overcome the fears that have been holding them back from their desires and each other, which all creates a great ending.
I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those looking for a compassionate YA romance!
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My Previous Interview(s) with this Author : July 2014
My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Accidentally Married on Purpose
My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Blog Tour - Feasted On: Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris | Interview, Review, & Novels/Gift Card Giveaway | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015
Author's Novel Extras : The Natural History of Us (Book 2) - Overview & Teasers | #ExcitingNewsAlert: The Natural History of Us | Who Doesn’t love SWAG? Psst: The Natural History of Us is LIVE!!
Author's Series Extras : The Fine Art Of Pretending (Book 1) - Overview & Teasers
Book Teaser(s) :
"Congratulations, kids! You're all newlyweds." ~ within MONDAY, MAY 12TH - 3 Weeks until Graduation ♥Senior Year | PEYTON | FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES 1:30 P.M.
"Anyone ever tell you you're crazy?" I frowned at that and he tugged a strand of my hair. "Good crazy. You say whatever you think, whatever you feel. You don't hold back." He craned an eyebrow. "I like that. But it doesn't make you normal."
"Normalcy is overrated," I replied, although normal was exactly what I'd longed to be. ~ within MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH - 18 Weeks until Disaster ♥Freshman Year | PEYTON | JUSTIN'S HOUSE 4:20 P.M.
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