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by Malorie Verdant
 APRIL 30th!

He changed my life.
With a smile, a flick of his wrist and a death-defying stunt.
He was six and I was five.
And now, thirteen years later, I am hopelessly in love.
There is only a slight problem.
He doesn’t know I exist.
He’s the star quarterback.
I’m a science nerd who hides in the shadows.
I don’t need anyone to tell me that college won't change anything.
I know he’s the star of this story.
And I belong in the audience.

Parker Elliot is going to Penmore State University miles away from home. She's leaving her small town because Penmore has a fantastic science department, because she needs to begin exploring the life she wants to lead and because Grayson Waters is the starting quarterback for the Penmore Herons.

Grayson Waters at first glance lives life to the fullest, but he is dealing with more than meets the eye. A con artist father in trouble with local mobsters, an illegitimate brother living close by, the pressure of leading his team to the championship game and a desire to pursue a career outside the football field. Decisions need to be made. For Gray, slipping into the shadows with a pretty and observant brunette might be just what he needs to finally make the right ones.


I was jumping up and down waiting to read this novel and let me tell you I was not disappointed !!! 

After I let what I read sink in .. I realized just how much I really really enjoyed this story. It still has me thinking back on what I read and for me that is a sign of a great book. I am a sucker for sports romances and throw in the childhood friends angle .. I am a goner ! 

Malorie Verdant did an outstanding job with her debut. Told in dual POVs, the characters have a distinct and unforgettable voice which the author never lost. Fast paced and filled with emotions, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this refreshing book and its twists. Parker and Grayson are sure to win your hearts as they did mine. 

Parker Elliot has been in love with her neighbor for what seems like forever. You would think being neighbors they would of been best friends growing up but how wrong you would be in that assumption. Grayson has no idea she even exists and after a failed attempt at speaking, this beautiful little girl decided early on to remain in the shadows and resigned to loving the little boy who would own her from afar. That is until one day where it all came to a head.  

Grayson Waters was a little boy lost. His childhood wasn't easy and he did what he could to make his mother happy. Little did he know that his antics had a long lasting affect on someone going through their own problems. 

The star quarterback, Gray grew into his role. Sexy, funny, a little alpha, his past left emotional scars but made him stronger.

College is where life begins they say and for these two it couldn't be more true. 

The journey for Parker and Gray is not an easy one. It is filled with passion, want, lies, deceit, and heart break. Friendships are formed, love is found, secrets are revealed and a twist you will never see coming will leave you frazzled. 

Stars will have you invested from start to finish, eagerly anticipating to see where this talented author takes these amazing characters. 

Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy
Here - Alessia Cara
Star - Bryan Adams
Beyond the Blue - Beth Nielsen Chapman
You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
How Deep Is Your Love- Calvin Harris & Disciples
Like a Star - Corinne Bailey Rae
The Fire - The Roots & John Legend
My Body is a Cage - Arcade Fire
Water Under the Bridge - Adele
Answer - Sarah McLachlan

I first started reading romance when I was twelve. 

My mother handed me her copy of Nora Robert’s Midnight Bayou and with resignation said, “Here you’ll love it, just skip the sex scenes or at least tell me you did.”

She knew I was young and she hoped I didn’t understand the diverse innuendos, but she also saw early on that I was a hopeless romantic and had a joy and thirst for romance novels that not even she and her protective motherly instincts could stop.