by Ashley Claudy
Release Date: November 16, 2015
South Eastern University: Where the football players are royalty and Andrew Fayden is king.
College was supposed to be Brook’s chance to escape the rumors and the harassment that plagued her at home, but she hadn’t planned on meeting Andrew Fayden.
Now, she’s finding it hard to think of anything or anyone else. She’s determined to wipe him from her mind though, because he is the definition of unavailable. He’s got an on and off again girlfriend always on the sidelines and a flood of girls willing to take over that position.
And his popularity makes it hard to keep a low profile, something she needs to do if she doesn’t want to be pulled back into the drama of her past.
Despite all the warnings, she’s finding it hard to resist–and he’s making it hard to say no.
“…you ended up being this beautiful thing in the night. A force that attracts and moves things, just by being you.”
Y’all. This book had me twisted.
Our BBF, Andrew, infuriated me through 70% of the book and that kept me from being able to tell whether I was enjoying the story or not. His actions toward our heroine, Brooklyn, made me want to straight up punch him in his jerk nose.
This is a college-sports romance so we’re dealing with young adult angst through this read. I personally love reading that kind of drama, but I know it’s a turn-off for some. So, I’m warning you now that this book is extra heavy on the angsty goodness. 😉
There’s also a love triangle in this story. Andrew has an on again, off again ex-girlfriend named Tatum who is totally cool with him hooking up with other girls for now, but warns Brooklyn that he will end up with Tatum in the end.
Obvi Brooklyn doesn’t listen and keeps seeing Andrew. This is where I started to really dislike our not-so-lovable BBF. He won’t leave Brooklyn alone and apparently she hasn’t formed any self preservation skills and she falls into his arms every single time. Girl!
Then there’s this equally as infuriating sub-plot that involves Brooklyn’s past. This chick has been through an insane amount of tragic drama in her short life. How she can go through so much but still remain a nice, genuine person is incredible.
I loved how the author used this story-line as a lesson in the importance of speaking up when you know something is wrong.
The uphill battle some victims face just to tell the truth and receive justice is heartbreaking. I know they don’t all get their happily ever after in the end and that’s unacceptable.
Victim shaming is a serious issue and that discussion needs to take place and the author did a great job at starting the discussion with this story.
I give Hustle 4.5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars.
Although Andrew angered me through most of this book, he redeems himself in the end. The journey this story takes us on is filled with heartbreak, angst, and female cattiness but it’s also filled with steamy romance and a powerful message of female empowerment.
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