Cold Water by Annmarie McQueen
Hope Weller, sixteen year old cynic, has a grudge against the world. After years of living with her oppressive older sisters, she takes matters into her own hands and runs away from home. What she didn’t anticipate was waking up in a stranger’s house to a pair of curious, chocolate eyes: a boy named Ash. Yes. Like the tree.
By a strange twist of fate, she is roped into staying with this strange boy and his mother for the whole of the summer holidays. At first his outrageously cocky and happy-go-lucky attitude annoys her. But when Ben Hastle, Ash's rival and resident pyromaniac, suddenly takes an interest in her, she finds herself caught in an old feud that was never settled.
There’s more than one person keeping secrets in this seemingly perfect village, and when the truth comes out chaos and broken plates are sure to follow. But from the shattered porcelain, can something else blossom as well?
This was a nice YA contemporary romance. I thought the story was interesting, with Hope running away from home and being taken in by the boy who found her and his mother. Ash and Hope's relationship is great because they spend most of their time antagonizing one another and you can see how they grow closer over time. It is a bit slow-paced at times, but the story has some nice twists to keep you wondering what will happen. If you like drama and teenage relationships, I think you'll like this one.
My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !
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