Annie Edwards was born deaf, but she’s never let that define her. She’s settling in as a freshman at Whitney Briggs University, loves her dorm, her roommate, her classes, but something feels as though it’s missing—enter Blake Daniels. He’s everything Annie is not—a rocker, a player, a college dropout. Her friends want to sleep with him, her brothers want to kill him, and all Annie wants is a chance to see where her heart takes her.
As the lead singer of 12 Deadly Sins, Blake has had his fair share of rock candy. But Annie has taken over his body, his mind, his heart—three things he’s never lost control of before.
Often first love and first heartbreak go hand in hand.
Sometimes the thrill of one is worth risking the other.
Out of all the books in the 3:AM Kisses series, I was most looking forward to reading Annie’s story. Annie has just been a little sweetheart the whole way through the other books, and I loved how protective Holt and Bryson were of their little sister.
Annie is deaf and she has attended a special school most of her life. Determined to break out on her own, she enrolls in Whitney Briggs, and is ready to kickstart this next stage in her life. She bumps into rocker Blake on her first day and he is immediately taken with the gorgeous enigmatic Annie. Blake has his own skeletons in the closet and he’s not in a good place in his life. Blake’s own transformation was a tad bit unbelievable to me. I would have preferred if it had been stretched out a bit.
That said, their romance was sweet and he let her set the pace, and he turned into a real gent.
I loved how supportive and protective Blake was of Annie, but also how he was willing to accept she was an adult where her brothers were still treating her like a little kid. I can understand it to a point, but there were a few scenes where I wished I could leap into my Kindle and punch both Holt and Bryson. I felt they were also very hypocritical as reformed ex-players themselves. But their motivations were pure. I also loved getting to see some of my favorite couples again.
Olivia is a nasty piece of work. Ugh. I hated that Bryson and Holt dragged her in to explain, instead of letting Blake do that. That was really unfair. This storyline was very predictable in my opinion and I totally guessed the twist relatively early.
I don’t know anyone who is deaf, but it seemed realistically portrayed. I liked that Annie didn’t see it as a disability and how she didn’t let it hold her back in life. However, her mom was a little pushy when it came to the op, and it seemed like Annie was happy as she was. That said, in the end she seemed happy with the outcome.
All in all, this was a decent read and a good addition to the series.