Elliot Halloran is running away. Away from her privileged Manhattan upbringing and a promising future at business school. Away from her family, which plummeted from A-list to disgraced after her criminal father’s atrocities were exposed. Despite the guilt Elliot feels for abandoning her family, she has no choice. She is too recognizable to live life as the person she has always been. So when an old family friend offers her a position as an economics instructor at Miami’s elite Allford Academy, Elliot jumps at the chance to distance herself from her past. She cuts her hair, changes her name, and vows never to speak of her old life again.Buy the Book •
Keeping her identity hidden is harder than Elliot expected, especially with a roommate who seems to be on the verge of uncovering her true identity. As she fumbles through the opening chapters of her new life, Elliot encounters an entirely unforeseen obstacle: photography instructor Luke Poulos. Luke is sensitive and spontaneous. An art lover. Smart. Everything Elliot has ever wanted. Luke and Elliot’s connection deepens when she learns that he lost his parents in a car accident when he was a teenager. Like Elliot, Luke understands that life can shatter in an instant.
Elliot knows that a relationship with Luke is impossible; that he would never love her if he knew the details of her past. But as she struggles with whether to open herself to love or keep her true self locked away, Elliot learns that she’s not the only one with dark secrets.
Ponzi princess Elliot Halloran is on the run like a fugitive, but what she’s running from is much worse than the authorities. Elliot is running from her past. After changing her name, and accepting an offer to teach in Florida, the new Elle Sloan tries starting anew. Starting fresh is never easy, and as Elle begins her new life she realizes that no matter how you try, you can’t really hold people at an arm’s length. No matter how hard you try.
I really loved the pacing , and layout of this story. The emails from Elliot’s sister Aria were some of my favorites. She really captured how a teenager’s thought process is all over the place, then seamlessly switched into Elle’s POV. Mia Henry also renewed my hope in people with her character Gwen. Gwen is my MVP. She was such a solid secondary character, that I pray *fingers crossed* she will get her own book one day.
Now let’s talk Luke Poulos. Yes, please. He was the perfect combination of sweet, and dominant. I enjoyed Elle’s internal battle with their relationship, which wasn’t much of a battle. I was relieved at Luke’s secrets, and the resolve in their conflicts was refreshing. Even the cliffhanger wasn’t a nightmare. There is no relationship cliffhanger per say, but the couple will have to overcome some huge hurdles in the second book of the series. This was 4colorful stars for me!
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Mia Henry Bio:
Mia Henry adores all things romance, from steamy stories to ugly cry-inducing movies. She lives in Florida, where she dreams up storylines during beach walks with her muse, a ferocious 8-pound pup named Lulu.
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