Series: Stone Cliff #1
Published by Cathryn Fox on June 18th 2014
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When reckless meets responsible... Straight A student Kathryn Lane is all work and no play. She's determined to keep her scholarship, and that means no distractions...until she takes a summer internship at Stone Cliff Resort and meets bad boy Noah Ryan. She knows she should keep her distance-after all he's not the kind of guy she can bring home to daddy-but his disarming smile and dangerous ways are entirely too tempting. College dropout, Noah Ryan takes one look at Kathryn and instantly knows her type-ambitious, driven and determined, just like he used to be, before the accident that derailed his life and left him an emotional wreck. He vows to avoid her, but when a co-worker backs him into a bet he can't refuse, everything he's been running from is challenged and he's forced to confront his demons. Soon, Kathryn and Noah are lost to everything except each other. As their lives become entwined, their passion is reckless, their heat all-consuming but when hurtful truths spill out, can Noah prove himself worthy of the one girl who can heal his wounded heart, or will the fire they ignited turn to ash when it all comes crashing down?
The book opens with meaningless sex simply to show that Noah and his friend Jared behaving like drunken frat boys at a resort they’re working at – as if I really needed to see the ‘hero’ of the story mindlessly ‘fucking’ another ‘useless’ girl to get rid of his demons? Conservative and prim student Kathryn Lane then comes into the picture, completing the second half of the clichéd Good girl-snag-Bad boy trope. Shy, bookish and a scholarship holder, she runs into Noah on her first day – and typically, the attraction sizzles.
Noah fishes her out of the water during an initiation dunking, and all of a sudden, she’s thinking of sex with him. In fact, I can’t seem to find any redeeming qualities about Noah; he’s crude, careless, gets off on whoring himself, acting without integrity, self-absorbed, essentially conforming to every stereotype of an antagonist. And those didn’t change very much in the course of the book. Kathryn on the other hand, simply needed coaxing out of her shell and Noah is suddenly and very conveniently, the one to do it.
And there goes the biggest problem I have with this book: that the relationships are only skin deep. I could not connect with them, as I can’t with many of the forgettable NA novels I’ve plodded through.