Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. But as soon as she arrives at WCU she runs into Hardin, her mother’s worst nightmare. With his tousled brown hair, tattoos and irresistible British accent. Hardin is undeniably attractive but completely different to what Tessa is used to.
But he’s also rude – to the point of cruelty, even. Tessa should hate Hardin, and she does… until she finds herself alone with him in his dorm. His dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss, something ignites within her – a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear without a word. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again. But everytime she pushes back she winds up being pulled further in.
Will Tessa risk everything for someone she can’t trust?
This is the first book I have read that wasn’t a thriller, but being obsessed with the movie I decided to give it a go and I’m so glad I did, this book was incredibly gripping and so much more than the movie.
I absolutely loved Tessa in the film and she was 100% my favourite character, however the book painted Hardin in a completely different light. I loved his character progression throughout the book, starting off as the jerk we all knew to being this adorable coy guy.
Even though the ending of this book showed Hardin in the worst possible way and my heart literally ached for Tessa I can’t deny I still loved Hardin and have developed the biggest man crush on.
This book is definitely perfect for those that loved the After film and I can not wait to get started on the second book.