Title: Between Everything and Us
Author: Rebecca Paula
Series: Sutton College #1
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: 19th January 2015
Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.
Wow. This book! I’m going to try my hardest to write a good review but I have a feeling that I won’t do the book justice at all.
Matisse (Mati) and Beau share an apartment with two others although they live upstairs, leaving Mati and Beau on the same floor. If Mati’s parents knew she was sharing with a boy they’d flip but she doesn’t care. Mati barely has time for anything but school and her three jobs but somehow Beau gets under her skin. He’s a pain in the arse but there’s this banter between them that she can’t decide if it’s good or bad. The more she tries to resist, the stronger the pull towards him is but he’s hiding something and holding back.
I really liked Mati. After failing out of her previous school she has a plan and she’s determined to stick to it no matter what. She works numerous jobs just to pay the rent and the rest of her time is spent working for school. I loved her determination to make something of herself after failing. She knows she needs to work harder and she definitely does that. However, it was a bit sad that she had so much pressure put on her to do well from her parents.
Beau sort of broke my heart immediately. He’s a drop-out and pretty much wallows in his room most of the time. I know this sounds like it would be pretty depressing but he has his reasons and they’re good reasons. Beau has been through a lot and has given up everything. He doesn’t believe in himself and he doesn’t believe that he has a future because of certain things so he stops caring. I desperately wanted him to care. I wanted him to see things differently and I wanted him to keep trying.
There is a lot of tension between Mati and Beau. They live together and Mati really can’t be doing with drama or complications. The banter between the two characters was fantastic and it kept their interactions with one another real and interesting. Men and women living together do bicker about certain things and Rebecca Paula gets this spot on. There is no falling for each other within the first couple of chapters which is something I appreciated. We really get to know both Mati and Beau and to figure out what both of them are all about before getting to get to know who they are together.
The plot was wonderfully raw and emotional. It is certainly a slow burner in the romance department but that’s not a bad thing at all. The characters are given a lot of time to work through their very complicated issues and figure out their lives. Beau especially has a lot of growing to do and I loved seeing how he progressed over the course of the book.
I was not prepared for this book at all and it’s the first in a very long time that has made me cry. I couldn’t put this book down and I need to read more from this author now.