Elliot Halloran is running away. Away from her privileged Manhattan upbringing and a promising future at business school. Away from her family, which plummeted from A-list to disgraced after her criminal father’s atrocities were exposed. Despite the guilt Elliot feels for abandoning her family, she has no choice. She is too recognizable to live life as the person she has always been. So when an old family friend offers her a position as an economics instructor at Miami’s elite Alford Academy, Elliot jumps at the chance to distance herself from her past. She cuts her hair, changes her name, and vows never to speak of her old life again.
Keeping her identity hidden is harder than Elliot expected, especially with a roommate who seems to be on the verge of uncovering her true identity. As she fumbles through the opening chapters of her new life, Elliot encounters an entirely unforeseen obstacle: photography instructor Luke Poulos. Luke is sensitive and spontaneous. An art lover. Smart. Everything Elliot has ever wanted. Luke and Elliot’s connection deepens when she learns that he lost his parents in a car accident when he was a teenager. Like Elliot, Luke understands that life can shatter in an instant.
Elliot knows that a relationship with Luke is impossible; that he would never love her if he knew the details of her past. But as she struggles with whether to open herself to love or keep her true self locked away, Elliot learns that she’s not the only one with secrets.
I was pleasantly surprised by this debut novel by Mia Henry. The book is easy flowing and before you know it, you are at the end. I really loved the characters. Smart, sarcastic yet deeply troubled.
Elliott is escaping her family and its past. She is ready to start a life of her own away from the scandal that is her life. So reinventing herself as a ECON teacher at the prestigious and elite Allford Academy in Miami Florida. Far away from her life in Manhattan.
What she didn’t plan on was meeting Luke Poulus. The heart-breakingly handsome Art Teacher and Facility Adviser, as her welcome wagon. There is something about Luke that Elle is drawn to. But he can’t find out her secrets and lies.
I will say that this book does have a cliffhanger. Although not a heart stopping one, one none the less.
I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Elle and Luke in Book #2. 4 Good Start hearts for Mia.
Mia Henry adores all things romance, from steamy stories to ugly cry-inducing movies. She lives in Florida, where she dreams up story lines during beach walks with her muse, a ferocious 8-pound pup named Lulu.