Port Fare, New York, has fallen into the clutches of true evil. The Dreser brothers have arrived with a scheme to increase drug sales in the area by whatever means possible. Seth Prescott is part of MET (Mobile Enforcement Teams) a branch of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He’s been assigned to work undercover at Port Fare High, and things aren’t going very well, until senior Maggie Brown enters the equation. He’s harbored a secret crush on her from day one, and now that she is in the center of the case, he’s trying to stay clear and objective while walking the line between business and unrequited love.
Maggie is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes, but is she an addict, or is there another reason for her appearance? She struggles with her feelings for Seth, fearing he is just another person who will eventually let her down, as everyone in her life has done thus far. Maggie has spent her life caring for her alcoholic mother. A task that has left her heavily burdened and alone. Before long, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worst, sending Maggie’s life into a tale-spin. While Seth works relentlessly to inject fear into the dealers and flush them out into the open, Maggie fights to stay alive as the hunt turns deadly. Seth and Maggie’s romantic journey is one of humor, heartbreak, and self-discovery.
I’ll cut to the chase: I loved this book. It reminded me of a Nora Roberts trilogy, except sweet and clean instead of steamy and borderline erotic. It is the first in a trilogy with each book focusing one person from a tight group of awesome friends. In this case, it’s a group of sweet and hot guys.
Maggie’s life is heartbreaking. Her mother is an alcoholic who is just plain mean, and Maggie is slowly starving to death while trying to keep everything together and hidden. It’s hard to read, especially since Maggie is such a good person.
One of my favourite parts comes closer to the end of the book: the wordplay between Maggie and Booker. It is so funny and light-hearted. It’s such a great contrast to everything else that happens. I love the zingers they send each other.
Overall, this is a great book and a great start to a series. I can’t wait to read the other two books. I would definitely recommend this book to readers of all kinds of genres: YA, romance, drama, and contemporary. There is something here for everyone.
Challenges read for:
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
2012 Ebook Challenge
2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge