I received this book for free from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Amazon on November 15, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance
Source: InkSlinger PR
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A THE TENTH GIRL standalone novel, get ready to fall in hate with this enemies-to-lovers second chance romance...
Love is weakness.
Which is why Annabelle Mills vowed a long time ago to never let it destruct her. A former pageant queen with a bite equally as lethal as her bark, she’s interning at her dream job on the set of the highest-rated home design show on television. Everything in Annabelle’s life, though it may be cold and isolated, is going exactly as she always planned.
Until her ex-high school sweetheart moves to town. The same boy that she cheated on, once upon a time, essentially breaking both of their hearts. But no one knows the full story, and being vulnerable enough to open up about it is not on Annabelle’s checklist.
Hate is fuel.
The kind that courses through Boone Graham’s veins and allows him to shut out everyone around him. As the hottest rookie on Austin’s professional baseball team, he should be spending his days hitting home runs and signing jerseys. Except he’s seen dreams ripped right out from under those closest to him, leaving them with nothing.
Without a college degree, he’ll never take the risk of pursuing his real dream. But when he runs into the girl who took a mallet to his heart and stopped it beating, attending the same university might just be the biggest challenge he’s faced yet.
As the semester unfolds, the line between love and hate is blurred. And with the amount of baggage stacked between them, together is the last thing they want to be.
That’s the thing about hearts, though. They develop plans all on their own.
First Thoughts before starting You’re The One I Don’t Want:
I am really excited to read about Annabelle and Boone’s story. There were a few clues about their story in The Tenth Girl and it left me wanting more.
You’re The One I Don’t Want is a companion novel to The Tenth Girl. You definitely don’t need to read The Tenth Girl to read this.
The story picks up a couple years after The Tenth Girl ends. Annabelle is in college and about to graduate. She’s also on a reality show similar to flipping houses. Boone is just drafted to Austin’s Triple A team and is also working towards finishing his degree before he makes it to the big leagues. I really loved how Carrie showed both Annabelle and Boone working towards their careers and also focusing on school. I feel like sometimes college-based characters never go to class so it was interesting to finally have some scenes with them in school.
Boone and Annabelle have a history. They dated briefly when they were in high school and it left them with bitter feelings on both ends. Annabelle has always been a bit closed off but at the end of The Tenth Girl we see her opening up more. Boone is more level headed and has always had a focus for just one thing baseball.
This is definitely a second chance meets lovers to enemies meets enemies to lovers. I know that sounds crazy but really that’s what it is. I would even go as far as to say that this probably a slow burn romance. Both Boone and Annabelle still have feelings for each other but they deny it until they finally start working towards being together.
I felt like both characters really grew and the love truly blossomed. It is one of my favorite things about reading Carrie’s novels.
Boone is definitely more level headed and he has his eyes set on one thing becoming a professional baseball player. He has been working on this dream since he was little. He was also quiet, he definitely could hold a grudge and he was a bit judgmental. But overall he had good intentions.
Annabelle is a totally different character (in a good way) compared to how she was in Tenth Girl. When we were first introduced to her, she was an ice queen with a heart so black. But she was a great complex character who had her mommy issues but otherwise she was a really great character. I think she’s my favorite of the series because I’m a lot like her. I don’t always show I care with words but by actions and I felt like I could relate to Annabelle in that sense.
You’re the one I don’t want is much better than The Tenth Girl. I’m not saying The Tenth Girl was bad by any means but You’re The One I Don’t Want had more depth for me. I loved the characters so much more. I’m not done catching up with Carrie’s catalog of books (she’s absolutely amazing at writing so many books a year) but I will say that this is probably one of my favorites. You can always count on Carrie to write a semi-light fluffy romance. If that’s what you’re looking for then you should pick this up.