By: Denis Grover Swank
Series: Off the Subject #1
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
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Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.
Before she agreed to tutor Tucker price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.
After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him. Tucker’s bad boy, womanizer reputation makes Scarlett wary of any contact, let alone spending several hours a week in close proximity.
But from her first encounter, she realizes Tucker isn’t the person everyone else sees. He carries a mountain of secrets which she suspects hold the reason to his self-destructive behavior. But the deeper she delves into the cause of his pain, the deeper she gets sucked into his chaos. Will Scarlett find the happiness she’s looking for, or will she be caught in Tucker’s aftermath?
I finished this book in less than a day because it was really a great. Scarlett was a fantastic female character that knew her goals in life and set a straight course to achieve them. Nothing can interfere with her plan except Tucker. When he walks into her life, feelings that she has never experienced start to bubble. Scarlett suffers from an anxiety disorder and being with Tucker puts her at ease in social situations. She also starts to realize that she has other kinds of feelings for Tucker other than just his tutor and friend.
Once Tucker realizes that she doesn’t put up with his crap and expects his honesty in everything he says, he sees her as a person who he can actually hang out with (and he admits to Scarlett that he has no friends) and how he is falling for her. But Tucker has a really hard time opening up to Scarlett fully and of course, it hinders their relationship on top of Tucker feeling like he isn’t good enough to be with Scarlett. And then comes the drama and that is what makes my heart break.
However, don’t be discouraged because the beautiful epilogue brings it all together.