Passionately driven artist, Norah Ross, has been banished from New York to Morewell for her final semester of graphic design at McLaren University. Her move allows her to reconnect with Josh, her best friend, who is more then thrilled at Norah’s appearance back into his life.
At the same time that Norah steps back into Josh’s heart, she learns that he is in the process of being accepted into McLaren’s uber exclusive secret society, the ‘Lappell’. Josh takes Norah to the Lappell’s glamorous parties in the hope of taking their friendship to the next level, but when Norah meets the handsome and elusive Clint Weston, a leader in the Lappell, he sweeps her off her feet in more ways then one.
Norah quickly becomes caught up in an emotional tug-of-war between the two guys while also trying to deal with her own secrets that follow her every day. When Norah’s past begins to intertwine with her present, what unfolds is a series of dramatic events filled with romance, mystery and dark motivations. She quickly realizes the path to real love can be paved in all kinds of lies.
Review: I won’t give much information about the storyline so I’ll keep this review short.
I think the book started a bit off for me. Norah and Josh are childhood friends and it seems their relationship may move into a more intimate one. I got the impression that Norah is just a horny teenager because she’d been thinking of kissing Josh since the book started so it made me a bit irritated. Then when they went into a secret society part, she meets Clint Weston who’s one of the leaders of Lapell. Their relationship started in good terms. They have the same appreciation to art and history. As the story went on, my impression of Norah changed. She has these secrets about her life that are really surprising and a bit disturbing.
Each of the main characters namely Norah, Josh and Clint has their own secrets to hide. The love triangle and sexual tension between these characters is a bit overwhelming. It was intense and hot. I shouldn’t fail to mention Tess, Norah’s good friend. I think Tess is a genuine friend to Norah but I still feel that there’s something odd about her. Hopefully the next book will give me light about her character and the life that these teenagers will have.
I liked how the author kept the story interesting and exciting for the readers. Being a new adult book, it has a lot of angst, secrets and lies. In the end, the book kept me interested and I will definitely read the second book.
Extra Notes: This is a new adult novel with some mature sexual content.