Fool Me Twice by Carrie Aarons
When my best friend died of cancer just before her eighteenth birthday, she left her coveted bucket list to me.
The things she already crossed off? Skinny dipping, going to Paris, completing the local hot wing challenge, road tripping to the ocean, and sending out a message in a bottle.
So, it falls on me to finish it for her, to honor her memory. In the next year, it’s my mission to:
1. Dye my hair
2. Have sex
3. Camp out in a tent
4. Go bungee jumping
5. Get revenge on Lincoln Kolb
Most are doable, some terrify me, and then there is the last item on the list. When the raven-haired football god dumped my best friend during senior year of high school, she was devastated. The jerk with charm for days found out she was sick, and betrayed her in the worst way possible.
But he doesn’t know me, I went to went to school a town over. Now, to fulfill my promise, I’m the newest freshman on the campus where he is the big man. If there is one thing, aside from cheap beer, that a jock can’t pass up, it’s a shiny new girl.
So when I catch his eye, play hard to get, and then fall into his bed, I know my scheme is working to perfection. But what Lincoln can’t see coming is the beatdown I have planned for his ice-cold heart.
Unfortunately, what I never saw coming was the one he had planned for mine.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m not quite sure how to begin this review, other than to say that I didn’t feel that reading it once was enough to write a decent review on it. I’ve read it twice now, and I’m still not sure I can quite do it justice. My emotions were all over the place, and the author wrote it in such a way that I really felt like I was feeling what Henley was, experiencing what she was going through. And she was definitely going through some emotional upheaval!
Henley is an all american girl, living the perfect life. Except her best friend, who is more of a sister, is facing something no 18 year old girl should ever have to face, and it’s casting a dark shadow over Henley. When her best friend dies and leaves a “bucket” list, Henley is determined to complete it in her memory, regardless of the consequences.
Lincoln is an all american guy, and football is life. College is beginning, and that is all that he sees. Until he meets Henley, and starts having feelings that he hasn’t ever experienced before. He thinks things are going great, and he’s living his best life, but he doesn’t know that Henley has secrets, things he doesn’t know. Things that could destroy everything he’s working for!
This book is a show stopper. In the beginning, I felt like the heroine of the story, Henley, wasn’t such a good person, with the plans that she had. I don’t want to reveal too much, but as the story progressed, I began to see more of who she was, and how she was feeling, what she was going through. I’ll just say that the author left us with an ending that put a big smile on my face, and left me with a happy feeling, when I just wasn’t sure how on earth it was going to manage to work out! It’s definitely one that kept me guessing, made me wonder where the HEA was going to come from!