Kind of surprised this a debut.
I picked this up a while ago, when it was free, thinking that yeah, I'd get it but probably never read it. Needless to say, when I started seeing all these good reviews pop up, I knew I had to bump it up my list and get to it.
This book is addicting and fast-paced, and the writing really flows! From the get go, when Jared first embarrasses Tate at the party, I was enthralled. Really, if you've ever heard the expression of not being able to look away when a train's about to crash then this book is the embodiment of it. Tate and Jared constantly clash and as much as you want to hate Jared for his treatment of her, I at least couldn't find it in my heart to do so. There was something about Jared throughout the whole book that called to me (and made me want him to redeem himself) and at the ends of it I loved his character Also, I think it really helps that we only hear about some of the nastier things Jared did to Tate, rather than reading about them. It made it a lot easier for me to forgive his character though I could at the same time understand why Tate hesitated as much as she did His excuse for why he treated Tate left me wanting for a bit more, but it didn't spoil the story for me. In all honesty, Jared is a bad boy, and not the kind that turns their ways around at the first sight of the heroine. He's stubborn and closed off and while he cares about Tate, he has to deal with some emotional things first before he can try and be with her.
Tate was another awesome character. Though scared (and rightly so) at the beginning, she learns and refuses to let anyone treat her less than what she is. At times those actions got a little out of hand but then again, the girl had been through enough. Her relationship with Jared was threaded the line between love and hate, but the electricity that ran when these two got together made you see that maybe it wasn't such a thin line.
All in all, I really like this story and can't wait for the next one (which is Madoc's story, who to me was hilarious in this book!). The only thing I didn't much enjoy was the ending of this book The whole sex tape thing felt kind of off and rushed at the same time. I also instantly knew someone else had framed Jared (and who'd done it), but was disappointed that the thought didn't even cross Tate's mind. The implications of what this might do to any person's future where kind of brushed off but then again this is fiction.