Inspire by Heather Buchine
Publication date: March 31st 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
18-year old Paige Rice, an exquisite beauty from East Hampton, NY, has just celebrated her high school graduation and is expecting to spend her summer living it up with all her socialite friends. But her parents have a different idea – she is being hauled away-literally- to the mountains of Vermont for the entire summer- in an RV!
Assuming she will be an outcast amongst the other teens at the campground still does not prepare her for the treatment she receives, which is far worse than she imagined. She also isn’t prepared for Travis, the campground owner’s son and the “Sexiest” guy she has ever laid eyes on. Travis is the only one who shows any interest in getting to know Paige. The only problem is that they have to explore what lies between them in secret. But once all the secrets are stripped away, the truth may be crushing.
***Intended for mature audiences due to language and sexual content***
By no surprise my favorite hobbies are reading and writing. But beyond escaping into the written fantasy world, I love experiencing new things. Surfing, motorcycle riding, snow blading, glass blowing, parasailing, SUP boarding are just a few that I have checked off my bucket list, but there is still so much more to explore. Right now, being a mom is my biggest adventure and the best by far!! In the quiet calm hours of the night though, I can usually be found typing away creating a world of romance where drama still exists but love (hopefully!!) always prevails.
Paige, oh Paige. Girlfriend, I have some advice for you. Don't let any guy--no matter how hot or how inked he is--let him treat you the way Travis did. You are a rich girl from the Hamptons and don't need a relationship with a guy who is nice to you when you're alone but when he's with his friends, acts cold. Unless his name is Jekyll or Hyde, keep those eyes open.
Okay, got that out. Inspire is a new New Adult title by Heather Buchine featuring the typical NA couple of hot girl and hot guy. Paige has graduated high school and instead of spending her last summer enjoying the time with her friends, she's stuck in a RV with her parents at a Vermont campsite. It's great to reconnect with her usually-busy parents but there's not much of a social scene. Paige meets Travis, the gorgeous son of the camp's owner and the attraction is immediate and reciprocated. Travis' circle of friends, particularly the girls, don't care for Paige with her blond hair and great bod. When Travis shows interest, he's really nice but-yes, there seems to a frequent "but" in these situations-he wants to keep their relationship 'secret.'
If that was me, I would have told my dad thanks for the great attempt at family bonding but I'm taking the car and driving back to the Hamptons. Then there wouldn't be a story. In Heather's defense she did find his behavior strange. And then she continued to meet with him and have some sexy make-out scenes too. Paige is portrayed as a 'good girl' with a keen sense of intimacy. I did wonder about the conflict. The story seemed to be light in this department. We get a good sense of who Paige is and her interactions with her parents. The mean girls at the camp do some things but nothing major. It's the way Travis acts and treats Paige which is front and center in this story. I couldn't believe a girl like Paige would that naive about a guy, despite the chemical attraction. She found out from her best friend that the guy she's been crushing on for two years asked about her back home and then she gets ticked off at this guy named Corey at the water rafting place when he literally eyef***ks her both when she arrives and when she departs. The girl is not stupid so I couldn't really wrap my mind around her actually condoning Travis. This is the main reason I couldn't rate the story higher than I did.
As the summer passes by and Paige spends more time with Travis, alone, she does wonder about Travis' motives. There is conflict, an aggressive act, and we figure out why Travis has acted in a certain way. I enjoyed reading Inspire and NA fans may want to add this to their TBR list.
The couple pose has become common in NA. The cover works for me.
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