Release date: June 8th 2015
Publisher: Disenchanted Publishing
*Received ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Smash Into You was a very...interesting story. Though I feel interesting is not quite the word for it. I definitely enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the setting. There was never a dull moment. And I'm really curious about the next book and the direction in which Sherry will take Cole and Serena.
Lets talk characters. Serena isn't your fluffy, cute, innocent and perfect main character as portrayed in many books. She has secrets, and is without a doubt the definition of a liar. My gosh. I can't even begin to count the amount of times she fabricated stories to cover up what happened in her past. I found her quite hilarious though. She wasn't a blah main character, and her lies only made me more curious about her situation. There were times I'd cringed because I didn't see the big deal in wanting to pledge with that shady sorority, much less have any desire to be their friends, but once things started to unravel and I got to know her more, I understood why Serena was so determined on proving her worth.
Cole's quite the hottie and the usual player with a sweet side. I liked how his relationship with Serena grew over time, and the fact that they started out as friends was really good. It convinced me more about their true feelings and once the intensity ignited, I was all in. I felt like their emotions were true and not just thrown in the book for filler. However, I didn't think that one particular scene where things got ugly was necessary. It turned me off a tad. But then I remembered it was college and these characters were new adults. Not perfect. Still learning.
Aside from Serena's struggles to open up and feel like she belonged, there were other interesting aspects of the story. I didn't expect the addition of suspense and trying to figure out who was trying to sabotage Serena's college and love life. And even though as the story progressed I realized just who the culprit was, it still didn't bother me. The story was intriguing enough to keep going because I wanted to know what happened to Serena to make her the way she was now, and I liked her with Cole so much that I rooted for them, and hoped for a happy ending.
Overall, Smash Into You is a great new adult contemporary read with an exciting college setting, fluid writing, laced with drama, some sweet moments, and an unexpected mystery I didn't see coming. I enjoyed this one and can't wait for the next. Good job, Sherry!