Lisa De Jong
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I’ve always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don’t want to be. Where I don’t want to end up.
Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys … the type every girl should stay away from, but he’s carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders.
He unravels the feelings and beliefs I’ve held onto for so long.
I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who’d finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present.
With one decision, everything changes … forever.
***Rains Series Standalone***
I'm not perfect and I've a lot of responsibilities to uphold formulates the life of Drake.
Story begins with Emery wanting to get away from the small town life she grew up in.
Emery finally gets out of the small town when she decides to go away to college. On her first day on campus she decides to go scouting and bumps into a gorgeous guy. Already she is acting insecure about her appearance when she takes in his six pack abs. She jumps to conclusions about him without knowing anything about him. She already has him labeled "a player". Emery quickly dismisses him without giving him her name. She plans on avoiding guys. She does not want to get close to anyone.
The stories told from both Drakes and Emerys POV.
The banter between them is funny and interesting.
All the talk about classes, football, clothes, and the weather is getting boring. Drakes character is arrogant, confident, and demanding. Drake has a lot of responsibility placed on his shoulders. Emery places a lot of pressure on herself to study and get good grades.
The progression between Drake and Emery is becoming frustrating. It's too slow. I'm tired of Drake pulling away and drawing her in. Drake needs to confront his issues and let his guard down.
"She's so controlled and I'm crumbling a little more every time I'm with her", this is an amazing quote from the story.
Lisa writes beautiful stories. This one is well written. She writes some past references about Drake and Emery which help you understand why they push away from people.
"I'm not trying to be someone I'm not or anyone someone else wants me to be", I like this comment from the story. It speaks volumes about the kind of pressure Drake has had to endure.
"We aim to be something we never have", this is a great statement because it shows how both their parents had a huge impact on the way there lives turned out. Our parents mold their children's future whether they are present or not and it's what you do with that information that molds each one of us.
I got chills when Emery finally tells Drake the truth at the carnival.
Where is Beau when you need him? Drake is going to need his advice again.
Not a fan of the Ping pong game that Drake plays with Emery. He needs to get his act together.
Should be titled, I'm not perfect"' Drake says this one too many times in the story.
Emery has always had control of her future. Then she met Drake and all that control changed. Emery the smart girl was using her heart instead of her brain and that changed her future. Some mistakes are good mistakes and learning to adapt to those changes is better than building walls to keep you in your controlled environment. Their future plans changed when they met each other and that's ok because they are happy with the new future choices.
This story was funny and romantic and sad and just so cute! Life always knows how to through you for a tailspin but reading this story it is so nice to know that even when it's not a happy ending it really means it's not the end. I love how everything with Drake & Emery played out even though he was a jerk at the hospital and the fair but with reason but Emery didn't know that! It was really nice and I was so excited for this story!