Series: World Apart #1
Publisher: Self Published on May 8, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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Laying it all on the line for love…
Mia Cresswell is tired of being good.
Achieving geek status at college doesn’t equate with fun. So when she heads home to her dad’s tennis academy in Santa Monica on spring break, she’s determined to be bad. And hot Aussie tennis star Kye Sheldon is just the guy to help her do it.
However, Kye’s troubled past continues to dog him and attending the Cresswell Tennis Academy is his last chance at the big time. He can’t afford to screw up…by screwing the boss’s daughter.
But Mia and Kye’s relationship is much more than a vacation fling.
Will it be game, set, match, when the truth is revealed?
Or will Mia and Kye have a real shot at love all?
Mia Cresswell is tired of being a good girl so she makes it her mission to act bad on her vacation from college. That’s where Kye comes in. Kye is just what Mia is looking for: a bad boy Aussie with an accent to die for and an affinity for being bad and not caring what anyone thinks. But Mia is keeping a secret from Kye on their one night, steamy fling: she’s the daughter of Dirk Cresswell, the guy who owns the tennis academy that is giving Kye is last chance at professional tennis. And Kye will do anything that have that last chance and to make his father proud. The feelings between Mia and Kye can’t be denied, but is Kye going to risk throwing it all away for love?
This novel is short. Hence, the pacing was a bit on the speedy side. It felt like the romance was moving at a slightly too-fast pace, as well as all the events that happened in the novel. This fact made it less believable than it should have been as a contemporary novel. However, other than the pacing problem, it kept my interest the entire read through. I read it in one sitting.
Mia was looking to be bad for her vacation because she was tired of being good and tired of being smothered by her loving father. Mia was a pretty relatable character. The only problem that I had with her was how quickly her feelings evolved for Kye which was more of a pacing problem than a character problem. She respected his wishes, though, and tried to be just friends because that’s all he was willing to give. She was a very caring and mellow character but she also had her snarky side and I loved seeing that side emerge.
Kye was suffering from some things that happened in his past. It was the typical hurt guy turned bad boy trope. Regardless of that, I enjoyed seeing his vulnerable side and how much was saw it. Usually with these types of book characters we see it once or twice for the whole novel. He let his vulnerable side show more often and that gave him a more realistic feel as a character. He didn’t make the best decisions but he also didn’t let people hold him back. He moved through his problems at a good pace and I enjoyed watching him do so.
The premise of their relationship was that Mia wanted one night of being bad. So you can tell where it started. However, from their very first interaction with was obvious how well their characters clicked. When they were together I was constantly laughing from the snarky banter that was exchanged between the two of them. On the not-so-happy side, Mia definitely helped Kye move through some of his emotional problems. They had fun together but could also be serious with one another. It was also fun to see how long they could sneak around without being caught and putting Kye’s career in danger.
Dani was Mia’s best friend and there was definitely more than what meets the eye with her. She did some crappy-things in this novel and although we got a surface-reason of why she did those things, I am interested to read her story in Towing the Line.
Although Crossing the Line had a few pacing problems, it was still a good, quick contemporary read.