Seventeen year old, Tessa McClean, has just been told someone is trying to kill her. Principal Linton and FBI agent Phillips believe it would be best if Hayden Anders, a rich bad boy who can handle his own in a fight, follow and protect Tessa until his replacement arrives.
Hayden has no desire to babysit Tessa but after promises of his slate being wiped clean, he agrees and at first he treats it like a babysitting job but soon takes his position seriously as he averts a kidnapping involving Tessa. Slowly he becomes ingrained to Tessa and there is nothing on Earth he wouldn't do to protect her.
Tessa has learned that she is a witch and is just coming into her powers. There are two groups of others like herself, vying for her membership into their ideals. Upon her eighteenth birthday, Tessa must decide on which factor of the fence she wishes to sit upon. Only, she doesn't know who to trust and as she learns more about herself, she realizes that the only person she can truly trust is Hayden.
As the two journey into the unknown, they must also come to the realization that they may have feelings for each other. Neither Hayden nor Tessa believe they are good enough for the other and as danger escalates, the two must believe in each other in order to survive the battle that is about to ensue.
This was a great book, there were very few editorial issues and the plot was decent. There were a few holes and a few surprises but everything blended well together to give it a balance that kept the reader continuing with the story.
When the story first progresses, the differentiation between Tessa and Hayden isn't felt, they appeared as the same person, but as the story progresses you soon see their characters begin to unfold and their essence fills the page. I thought the relationship between the two was a wonderful, emotional tug of war. The whole push me, pull me pace was enjoyable to read and just when you are about to get sick of the whole ordeal, the author turns up the heat and gives the reader more delight to feast upon.
The dialogue and emotions are real and raw, there are some expletives and sexual fantasy scenes but I felt they worked with the characters and gave them more of an edge to their creation. Oftentimes the author used comedic wit to the scenes giving it an even more humanistic appeal to the characters.
There were a few aspects that were predictable, however, there are more than enough twists and turns to keep everyone guessing. I thought the ending was perfect in its completion and I believe the author tied up most of the loose ends nicely.
I would give this a four and a half out of five stars, while I thoroughly loved it and would love to see this become a series as I still have a few questions concerning some of the back characters...like whatever happened to David? Could it be the author may have something else up her sleeve concerning this story?? After reading this, one can only hope!
Brainiac Tessa McClean’s newly discovered magical powers give her an escape from her self-absorbed parents. But the thrill of being a witch fades when she learns of a rival coven and begins to suspect her own coven’s motives. Evidence tells Tessa to trust one side, but instinct drives her toward the other.
When the school’s scrumptious delinquent, Hayden Anders, offers Tessa self-defense lessons in exchange for tutoring, his timing couldn’t be better. Although hanging out with him is a necessary evil in Tessa’s fight to stay alive, resisting a bad-boy she secretly yearns for might be more than she can manage.
Together, Tessa and Hayden work to unravel the mysteries behind the two covens to discover why they’ll stop at nothing to lure Tessa to their side. She must form an alliance with one of the covens before it’s too late. But the wrong decision could cost Tessa the lives of all who she holds dear — including Hayden.
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