Max Payton has the strong and flirtatious thing down, but he has never really ventured into the boyfriend zone successfully, that is, until he has met his match in Lea Travers. Both college students at the fictitious Bowler University, Max knows of Lea, the gorgeous girl with a limp, through the same group of friends, although they have really never been friendly toward each other.
When they are forced together by a string of campus attacks which has them both assisting in a self-defense class, their banter leads to a date and more. Max, who was brought up by an emotionally distant father and was always taught to stand strong, discovers that this sassy girl has a pull on his heart. But the conflicts in his home life, especially with his father, might destroy any chance he has of a future with the only woman who has ever made him want to be a better man.
Erickson (Make It Count) creates a strong female lead in Lea who is not only emotionally flawed but also has to deal with a physical shortcoming that she battles with a gusto. Additionally, dealing with the internal conflict of finding who you are versus what is expected of you is a this pivotal moment in college life that the author handles in a relatable way. This is another enjoyable series that is carving out its niche in new adult romance.