Monday, August 11, 2014

All That Matters by Michelle Congdon
She is a teen sensation and also the infamous daughter of a renowned rock star and a Hollywood starlet.
Eighteen-year-old Harper Hudson is spoiled, wild and troubled. Still dealing with the loss of her twin sister and surviving a horrifying event that she has kept secret, Harper relies on constant partying, alcohol and drugs to help her forget.
He is her cousin and a straight ‘A’ student trying to juggle football and a medical degree.
Adopted as a baby, there isn’t anything twenty-one year old Jackson Hayward wouldn’t do for the people who raised him. But the last thing on his mind is to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a doctor. And Jackson has a secret of his own. He isn’t the perfect son his family are led to believe.
A forbidden romance they never saw coming.
Sent away to live with her Aunty and Uncle in Australia, as punishment for her latest stunt, the last thing Harper wants is to be babysat by her over-achieving, do-gooder cousin, Jackson. He is moody and overbearing, but there’s something about him that Harper can’t seem to ignore.
Jackson didn’t mean to fall for the rebellious wild child. But seeing small glimpses of her true personality shine through made it impossible not too. He knows the secret she keeps is the reason behind her destructive behavior and he is willing to risk whatever it takes to try to help her. But can something so broken ever be truly fixed? And can someone with painful secrets of his own save her without getting caught up along the way?
When I started this book I was not a fan of Harper.  She seemed spoiled and hell bent on ruining her life, and those around her.  But the more we learn about her past and her family, the more loveable she becomes.  And Jackson is completely the good boy, we think.  But the more we learn about him, we learn he is hiding a ton and trying to convince everyone around him that he is perfect.  I wanted to hug him!!
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I will admit that the cousin thing freaked me out a little at first.  But, Jackson is adopted, and they did not really grow up together.  As the story progressed, I definitely rooted for them.  
This story definitely sucked me in and had me feeling for the characters.  I wanted them to figure out the stuff they had going so they could have a happily ever after.  
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I really enjoyed this book and I definitely rooted for the characters.  It does contain some mature issues discussed.  A 4 star read for sure, you should all read!  And, it's only $1.99!  This is Book 2, but it can be read as a standalone, and is not a cliffhanger. 

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