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Jack They say I'm a troubled kid, labeled a bad-boy jock for my rebel attitude. You'd think at St. Paul University that label would put me at the top of the watch list for expulsion, or at least be a death sentence to my social life. But no. In truth, I should be a pariah, but I'm not. I'm the BMOC because I'm the starting quarterback of the prized football team. After last sea Jack They say I'm a troubled kid, labeled a bad-boy jock for my rebel attitude. You'd think at St. Paul University that label would put me at the top of the watch list for expulsion, or at least be a death sentence to my social life. But no. In truth, I should be a pariah, but I'm not. I'm the BMOC because I'm the starting quarterback of the prized football team. After last season's bowl game victory, I could be Voldemort and I'd still get the champagne treatment. But who cares? Because the one girl on this campus I want doesn't give a sh*t about football. She thinks bad boys are, well, bad. Worst of all, she's my nemesis from back home. It's messed up that I'm stuck on Joni, because she's the biggest threat to my goal of winning the Heisman Trophy. It kills me that she's also a hot tamale as my grandpa would say. If he were still alive. Losing grandpa started my trouble. Being with Joni could ruin me. Or it could save me. All I need to do is convince her she's not my enemy...


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Jack They say I'm a troubled kid, labeled a bad-boy jock for my rebel attitude. You'd think at St. Paul University that label would put me at the top of the watch list for expulsion, or at least be a death sentence to my social life. But no. In truth, I should be a pariah, but I'm not. I'm the BMOC because I'm the starting quarterback of the prized football team. After last sea Jack They say I'm a troubled kid, labeled a bad-boy jock for my rebel attitude. You'd think at St. Paul University that label would put me at the top of the watch list for expulsion, or at least be a death sentence to my social life. But no. In truth, I should be a pariah, but I'm not. I'm the BMOC because I'm the starting quarterback of the prized football team. After last season's bowl game victory, I could be Voldemort and I'd still get the champagne treatment. But who cares? Because the one girl on this campus I want doesn't give a sh*t about football. She thinks bad boys are, well, bad. Worst of all, she's my nemesis from back home. It's messed up that I'm stuck on Joni, because she's the biggest threat to my goal of winning the Heisman Trophy. It kills me that she's also a hot tamale as my grandpa would say. If he were still alive. Losing grandpa started my trouble. Being with Joni could ruin me. Or it could save me. All I need to do is convince her she's not my enemy...

30 review for Big Man on Campus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    DNF 15% Reading this book felt like a waste of my time. I hated sooooo many things about this book. The writing was just atrocious and repetitive. I felt like if I had to hear one more time how poor Jack was, I would've thrown my kindle. I get that the author was trying to make the characters unique, but its just unbelievable that Jack is extremely hot, valedictorian, the most popular guy in school and also the kid from the other side of the tracks. Joni, on the other hand, was a limp noodle. She DNF 15% Reading this book felt like a waste of my time. I hated sooooo many things about this book. The writing was just atrocious and repetitive. I felt like if I had to hear one more time how poor Jack was, I would've thrown my kindle. I get that the author was trying to make the characters unique, but its just unbelievable that Jack is extremely hot, valedictorian, the most popular guy in school and also the kid from the other side of the tracks. Joni, on the other hand, was a limp noodle. She didn't do anything and I kept forgetting she was part of the book. And I know the author was trying to do some kind of bully romance, where he only picked on her because she was this spoiled rich girl, but it honestly felt abusive. And what gym teacher looks the other way when students are verbally and physically abusing a fellow student?!? And then Joni refuses to tell her family that she wants to transfer because she's being bullied. Isn't the fact that she came home with broken ribs a little bit of a clue? Wouldn't that raise some questions? Thank god this book was on Kindle Unlimited so I didn't waste any money on it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Hawkins

    I've enjoyed quite a few of Stephanie's books, mainly from the Boston Brawler's series. But this new series about college football, this was a great book to a new series. This book follows Jack and Joni, two students at St. Paul University. They're hometown enemies with deep secrets that need to stay hidden and it takes an impromptu run in to spark a path that leads them to surprising revelations. So much happens in this book from heartbreak, to sports drama, college problems, family issues and j I've enjoyed quite a few of Stephanie's books, mainly from the Boston Brawler's series. But this new series about college football, this was a great book to a new series. This book follows Jack and Joni, two students at St. Paul University. They're hometown enemies with deep secrets that need to stay hidden and it takes an impromptu run in to spark a path that leads them to surprising revelations. So much happens in this book from heartbreak, to sports drama, college problems, family issues and just so much! I thought it really had everything and I enjoyed seeing Jack and Joni really lean on each other for support. Especially Jack, he seemed to just have the world on his shoulders and Joni seriously walked into his life at the right moment because I think he needed someone to share the burden. The opening introduction to them was just heartbreaking and I'm glad there was more to the story. Although the story was briefly talked about while they were at St. Paul's, I really wish they had gone into detail about everything between each other because I think Jack needed to know how Joni felt and all the pain he caused her. I literally felt so heartbroken for Joni in that beginning story and I needed to see more remorse from Jack. My only other trouble was that it felt a little slow in the end and I couldn't it get wrapped up fast enough. Overall, I'm really happy with this book! There were some steamy scenes, great football plays and some really heartbreaking moments and it made for a really fun and heartwarming read. I'd easily recommend Stephanie Queen and her books to sports romance readers and I'm looking forward to what this new series has in store for us. I voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. A lot closer. This story kinda dark but it's fun. It's stressful and hostile but will keep you totally hooked on it all. There's a thin line between love and hate and both take the same amount of passion. Joni's merciless high school bully, Jack, gets away with everything because he's the star quarterback. So much so that she can't take it anymore and transfers schools. Four years later Joni is now transfering into a new college. The same college th Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. A lot closer. This story kinda dark but it's fun. It's stressful and hostile but will keep you totally hooked on it all. There's a thin line between love and hate and both take the same amount of passion. Joni's merciless high school bully, Jack, gets away with everything because he's the star quarterback. So much so that she can't take it anymore and transfers schools. Four years later Joni is now transfering into a new college. The same college that Jack Hunter is the quarterback of, the star, the Big Man on Campus. The hate is still very strong between these two, he always hated her because she was the rich girl and he was so poor. She hated him because he was such a nasty mean person and always had the perfect grades while she was barely getting by. This is where the 'keeping your enemies closer' comes in handy. He didn't want any secrets of his past out and Joni is the one that could out him and humiliate him or worse. But if she outs his secrets her own family secrets will come out as well. They need each other to stay silent and Jack could also use her to up his image in time for his senior year Heisman trophy nomination. This is one crazy ride. I liked it a lot!! (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hidden Gems.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    I normally don't read a lot of stories about football or enjoy reading about bullies either. And this bad boy sure starts out that way at least. But since I've read other books by this author and liked them, I kept reading. And wow, it was full of surprises. It was emotional with good main characters, who were driven each in their own way. Jack at times was his own worst enemy but he also had plenty of others who fell into the enemy category. We also get to see people who are pulling for him, wh I normally don't read a lot of stories about football or enjoy reading about bullies either. And this bad boy sure starts out that way at least. But since I've read other books by this author and liked them, I kept reading. And wow, it was full of surprises. It was emotional with good main characters, who were driven each in their own way. Jack at times was his own worst enemy but he also had plenty of others who fell into the enemy category. We also get to see people who are pulling for him, which it takes him awhile to recognize. One of those who is pulling for him is the girl he bullied, Joni. Although she is also a bit scared of him at times too. She avoids him at first but when she spends more time with him, she's hoping that she's seeing the truth. That there is more that is good in Jack than what most people think. Even the secondary people were interesting. They had depth. It was emotional story that you could almost feel. It didn't grab me right away but as I kept reading it finally had me wanting to know how everything was going to go for everyone. You'll have to read the story to understand all the pressures that people are going through. I think it's worth it. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    M H

    “I won’t hurt you, Joni. If you just remember one thing.” “What’s that?”...“I’m not yours and I never will be.” A story of two wounded souls which knows each other's painful secret past. Joni comes from privilege and Jack from the other side of the tracks. It's a heartfelt story that will tug on your emotions. At some point it felt too slow but it picks up speed quickly. It will leave you turning the page to see how it will all unfold. The author also expertly entwined the intimate scenes to add “I won’t hurt you, Joni. If you just remember one thing.” “What’s that?”...“I’m not yours and I never will be.” A story of two wounded souls which knows each other's painful secret past. Joni comes from privilege and Jack from the other side of the tracks. It's a heartfelt story that will tug on your emotions. At some point it felt too slow but it picks up speed quickly. It will leave you turning the page to see how it will all unfold. The author also expertly entwined the intimate scenes to add to the story not just to include them. Both Joni and Jack deserve their happily ever after. I read some of the negative reviews and I would like to clear some things. 1. He didn't just pick Joni out of nowhere to bully her. He bullied her because she represented everything he couldn't have. I'm not just talking about her wealth and family standing. Her. In his widest dreams he couldn't aspire to have her. 2. He wasn't keeping his secret of being poor and using all his money on supporting his mom, purely out of shame. It was a necessity. If people found out he was poor they would look more closely at his finances and discover his secret job. I received a free copy of this book and I voluntarily reviewed it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annthia (Thia995)

    I really didn't enjoy this book, it felt like a lot was going on but nothing really happened. We learn about Jack and Joni's history in high school and see them bump into eachother in college. I feel like Jack isn't a "bad boy" as the description says, he was a poor, straight A student with a difficult background, he generally wasnt horrible to people or mean just for kicks. I understood the relationship between him and Joni and felt how it developed was sweet, but it definitely felt more like a I really didn't enjoy this book, it felt like a lot was going on but nothing really happened. We learn about Jack and Joni's history in high school and see them bump into eachother in college. I feel like Jack isn't a "bad boy" as the description says, he was a poor, straight A student with a difficult background, he generally wasnt horrible to people or mean just for kicks. I understood the relationship between him and Joni and felt how it developed was sweet, but it definitely felt more like a second chance novel than an enemies to lovers one. Overall I feel like this book touched on a lot of topics; dealing with poverty, family secrecy, doing bad things for a good reason etc, however the way these conflicts were resolved so easily or brushed aside in the end made them seem almost trivial despite them seeming to be pivotal plotlines in the book. I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving a honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Relationship status: Complicated. Joni and Jack's past history is neither nice nor neat. Bullying and pranking are only a few of the issues. And when they run into one another 4 years later... well, nothing has really changed. But the stakes are higher and the secrets may just ruin a future. Will the past be forgotten as they try to move forward? Will the more recent past cause even more trouble than expected? Will this enemy to lovers story have a happy ending? Relationship status: Complicated. Joni and Jack's past history is neither nice nor neat. Bullying and pranking are only a few of the issues. And when they run into one another 4 years later... well, nothing has really changed. But the stakes are higher and the secrets may just ruin a future. Will the past be forgotten as they try to move forward? Will the more recent past cause even more trouble than expected? Will this enemy to lovers story have a happy ending?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Peach

    Jack and Joni have quite the history, but is it a history that leads to love or is it the kind of history that makes you want to hate him forever. This story was a fun read that made you wonder if things will turn out the way you think. It had me on edge a few times...so take a chance and give this book a read. I don’t think you will regret it! I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC of this book for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A gritty, extremely combustible and raw romance. Jack and Joni are childhood enemies with a complicated past. They each have secrets and when they run into each other on their college campus the attraction between them ignites and they enter into an alliance to ensure their secrets stay secret. While coming to rely on each other, they develop real feelings and become the support system they each need. Jack and Joni’s story has all the angsty emotion and I couldn’t put it down.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Jack and Joni, nemesis from high school. Current day Jack is bad boy at St. Paul U. He is the star of the winning football team. Jack is on scholarship and has no money but is surrounded by many wealthy classmates one being Joni. Jack is hooked on Joni and how hard it tries to convince her is a roller coaster ride. While Stephanie writes a awesome sports romance she seems to bring a real life issue into her books, she does it well. Read this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pattip

    Filled with drama, I really enjoyed Joni and Jack’s story. I really disliked Jack but he finally grows up and man-ups! Joni is a timid girl who turns into a strong woman. I really like that she was stronger in the end. Both have healing they need to do in order to make their relationship work, so that made the book even more interesting. This is my voluntary and honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teri Ruscak

    Big Man on Campus: an Enemies to Lovers College Romance (Big Men on Campus Book 1) Stephanie Queen ARC REVIEW Joni and Jack Awesome first book in this new series. Joni and Jack both had their own secrets and baggage from their past, and meeting again in college brings up all of that. Having to work closely together as adults, will that change how they treat each other?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kori Dicken

    🥰🥰🥰 Really enjoyed this book. Many times I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next! This story was totally unpredictable! I absolutely loved it! Highly highly recommend this one!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ki

    This book was good. Believable chemistry, a little short on descriptive hot scenes but what was there was yummy. Joni was a solid heroine and jack was adorably tortured and sexy. Wish we could have skipped the break up but I always feel that way.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leisa Prater

    I just love Jack & Izzy ... can’t wait til the next❤️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Cutler

    I enjoyed the story and characters a lot. Can’t wait for the next one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    I enjoyed Jack & Joni's book. It was an entertaining read. I received a free copy of the book. And am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion. I enjoyed Jack & Joni's book. It was an entertaining read. I received a free copy of the book. And am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Joni is an awkward junior in high school student at the beginning of the story. She grows up during the story to become a self-assured young woman who knows her own mind. Jack is a senior in high school and Joni's own personal bully. He grows up during the story to become big man on campus with dreams of getting selected by an NFL team. They never thought they'd see each other again after high school but once they reconnect, they are drawn to each other. Sometimes destiny has plans for you. Joni Joni is an awkward junior in high school student at the beginning of the story. She grows up during the story to become a self-assured young woman who knows her own mind. Jack is a senior in high school and Joni's own personal bully. He grows up during the story to become big man on campus with dreams of getting selected by an NFL team. They never thought they'd see each other again after high school but once they reconnect, they are drawn to each other. Sometimes destiny has plans for you. Joni has to deal with major upheaval in her life during the course of the story. Her family dynamic had a solid background story. Watching her family unravel made sense and her reactions were good. I was hoping for Joni to have further closure with her parents but it wasn't necessary. Jack has been living with upheaval his whole life. His journey to self-discovery was huge. He went from being so driven by a single goal all the way to self-acceptance (no, that's not a spoiler). What did I have a problem with? The beginning of the story was weak. For the first 25% of the book, I didn't really connect with both characters. I kind of wanted Jack to get knocked down more than a notch or two. I also had a problem with something that happens around 75% of the way through the book. I don't think that issue concluded in a realistic way but this book is fiction so I need to suspend disbelief. Finally, Joni has a big announcement at the very end that made me roll my eyes. Honestly, that announcement didn't need to happen. None of this was a deal-breaker because this was a good introduction to a bigger world. This is a contemporary coming of age story. It takes place primarily on a college campus. There's a little football.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Coastie Mom

    What a great start to the series. I have to admit, I was all over the place with my emotions – I was sad, mad, happy, excited and frustrated! There were so many secrets kept throughout this story that you had to wonder if they were ever gonna come to light. This is the story of Joni and Jack. Joni is the rich, shy girl next door who was bullied in high school by the infamous Jack – the star of the football team who also happened to be poor. Jack was dealing with his own demons and took it out on What a great start to the series. I have to admit, I was all over the place with my emotions – I was sad, mad, happy, excited and frustrated! There were so many secrets kept throughout this story that you had to wonder if they were ever gonna come to light. This is the story of Joni and Jack. Joni is the rich, shy girl next door who was bullied in high school by the infamous Jack – the star of the football team who also happened to be poor. Jack was dealing with his own demons and took it out on the one person who could tell all of his secrets. Jack’s senior year in college is when he runs into Joni again – she transferred out of high school to another school to get away from the bullying. When Jack sees her again, he realizes that she’s no longer intimidated by him and has gained some confidence. They agree to be frenemies, so they can keep each other’s secrets. But will spending time together change the way they feel? I love how the characters faced their demons and stood up for what they believed to be the right thing. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy through Hidden Gems ARCs for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Shaw

    i was given an arc copy of this book for a review I don’t just like this book that loves this one abs didn’t want it to end, i felt i was right there with the characters like a fly on the wall listening and watching everything that was going on it drew me in that much the book itself is about a bully ish i say that and i don’t wanna give too much away but Jack isn’t that much of a bully even though he kinda is too Joni who is in jacks eyes a princess who lives in a castle with the world as her o i was given an arc copy of this book for a review I don’t just like this book that loves this one abs didn’t want it to end, i felt i was right there with the characters like a fly on the wall listening and watching everything that was going on it drew me in that much the book itself is about a bully ish i say that and i don’t wanna give too much away but Jack isn’t that much of a bully even though he kinda is too Joni who is in jacks eyes a princess who lives in a castle with the world as her oyster Joni is just in her eyes a regular run of the mill person who strives to make her parents proud but struggles with the skills to be do it as such Joni and Jack don’t get on we don’t know why but they don’t however the sexual tension is quite high between them so your waiting for that i won’t say any more as i don’t wanna spoil it but this book of i could would have been given more than 5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Joni and Jack have a complicated relationship, one that started when they were young. Jack was a bully to her in high school and didn't make her high school life very nice. Forward to the college years, Jack is a quarterback and has a promising career in the football world. He has secrets that would put an end to his football career. Joni knows some of them and he wants her to never let anyone know, he is also knows her secrets. He is her tutor for math and they find themselves growing close. Bo Joni and Jack have a complicated relationship, one that started when they were young. Jack was a bully to her in high school and didn't make her high school life very nice. Forward to the college years, Jack is a quarterback and has a promising career in the football world. He has secrets that would put an end to his football career. Joni knows some of them and he wants her to never let anyone know, he is also knows her secrets. He is her tutor for math and they find themselves growing close. Both of them realize that there is more to each other than they realized. I really liked the main characters, found myself rooting for them and hoping that they realized how much they complemented each other and that they would find a way to have it all. I received a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Misty Warner

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. This is the first book in the Big Men on Campus series. Each book in the series will be a standalone. Jack is the BMOC. It's his last year of college and he is up for the heisman trophy as well as being drafted into the NFL. Now his enemy is back and she has the power to bring everything crashing down on him. Joni had hoped with a campus as big as SPU she would never run into Jack. She just wanted to keep her head down and finish her book. Defin I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. This is the first book in the Big Men on Campus series. Each book in the series will be a standalone. Jack is the BMOC. It's his last year of college and he is up for the heisman trophy as well as being drafted into the NFL. Now his enemy is back and she has the power to bring everything crashing down on him. Joni had hoped with a campus as big as SPU she would never run into Jack. She just wanted to keep her head down and finish her book. Definitely not in the spotlight with Jack. I'm loving this new series and can't wait for the next book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Lipinski

    Jack seems more a man than most men. A drive to succeed. Smart ,good looking, giving,proud and noble. Meets sensitive, shy, spoiled, and sweet Joni. Wonderful romance keeping you guessing if they can make it last.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rain

    Tries too hard? I didn’t like this one. Found the writing to just not be very good. On one hand she’s will write a few paragraphs of inner monologuing about how angsty and different the character is, then they do the exact same basic things as every other basic character. There is nothing to balance it out. The hero is supposed to have more substance in she she wrote as the exact same manwho** that you have in every basic book. But without good writing to make it worth it, I can’t even remember Tries too hard? I didn’t like this one. Found the writing to just not be very good. On one hand she’s will write a few paragraphs of inner monologuing about how angsty and different the character is, then they do the exact same basic things as every other basic character. There is nothing to balance it out. The hero is supposed to have more substance in she she wrote as the exact same manwho** that you have in every basic book. But without good writing to make it worth it, I can’t even remember his name while I write this. The same with the heroine. You can tell she wanted to plead the second positive people, by having a heroine who has slept around. Yet with this character it makes no sense because in the next paragraph she is behaving like a scared vurgin. Pick one. You can’t please everyone. Instead of what could have been a cute quirky chick. We have a basic “suddenly beautiful after high school, but weird and fake” kind of situation. She wanted her to appear chaste and sweet/I incident 90% of the time but then randomly plant little things to reassure the reader that she’s not. It all just makes her seem fake. I like a book with a bada$$ chick who has confidence and hasn’t pined over the hero. This just wasn’t it. I also actually like the quirky somewhat innocent thing. I enjoy stories like that. But this wasn’t it either. By trying to please everyone (or just taking the sex positive thing in a weird direction) she ruined her own character. Just like by making the hero a basic manwho** she ruined him. Maybe if she focused more on character and plot development and less in the people the characters have slept with before the book starts I could actually find the story here? I don’t know... but all I could think of through most of this book were things like “well that makes no sense” “but oh, of course she would have basic hero/heroine do that, it’s so unoriginal, it makes sense she’d throw that in”. It’s like she found someone’s outline for a bully book and followed the idea with hero, but added in her own bad phrasing etc, then changed a few things to be pc, but left all of the really boring basic stuff. I honestly have no idea how to explain this. If I read the idea I’d like it (obviously being that I bought it) but the implementation just does not work at all. I don’t know if it’s the author just trying to hard to do a genre she doesn’t understand or if she just doesn’t have talent to make a book flow. I might try her again. I don’t know.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I hate giving low reviews. An author puts a lot of hard work and heart into their stories. However, I couldn't bring myself to like the characters. The beginning scene felt like it was rushed and forced to make a reason for them to hate each other. Jack has no real reason to hate and bully Joni. It's like he woke up one day; his life wasn't going the way he wanted and said, "if I spin in a circle and point, I will pick that person to be mean to." Joni became the "winner." I tried, but I just cou I hate giving low reviews. An author puts a lot of hard work and heart into their stories. However, I couldn't bring myself to like the characters. The beginning scene felt like it was rushed and forced to make a reason for them to hate each other. Jack has no real reason to hate and bully Joni. It's like he woke up one day; his life wasn't going the way he wanted and said, "if I spin in a circle and point, I will pick that person to be mean to." Joni became the "winner." I tried, but I just couldn't get into this book. I love this type of trope, but I just couldn't bring myself into like the characters or wanting to cheer them on till the end. I just wanted to slap Jack and knock some sense into him.

  26. 4 out of 5

    C bond

    Ok read Well, I didn't like Jack at all. Grandpa dies, let's bully someone that's done nothing. I also didn't realize being poor was such an embarrassment. I get that in high school, but college? You have to work, ooh better not let anyone know. I had preordered the rest of the series. Based on this book I cancelled. I will go the ul route instead. Ok read Well, I didn't like Jack at all. Grandpa dies, let's bully someone that's done nothing. I also didn't realize being poor was such an embarrassment. I get that in high school, but college? You have to work, ooh better not let anyone know. I had preordered the rest of the series. Based on this book I cancelled. I will go the ul route instead.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Mayet

    So I feel really bad now...I totally forgot to go back and write this review....I am so sorry to the author. So I am finally writing this review voluntarily after being sent this review by Hidden Gems. So I I had finished this book really late and had planned to write the review the next day. Oh well here it is.... ....I kept starting this book and then stopping and then I would pick it back up mainly because I really couldn’t get into it, but then I made myself read more than two chapters and t So I feel really bad now...I totally forgot to go back and write this review....I am so sorry to the author. So I am finally writing this review voluntarily after being sent this review by Hidden Gems. So I I had finished this book really late and had planned to write the review the next day. Oh well here it is.... ....I kept starting this book and then stopping and then I would pick it back up mainly because I really couldn’t get into it, but then I made myself read more than two chapters and then it it totally sucked me in. This story tugs as the heart strings. You know the statement “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover???” Well one of the main characters, Jack, needed to remember/learn this. I understand that we all have our own problems to deal with but we have to remember that we really don’t know what other people are truly dealing with. Jack and Joni’s banter was amazing. I love the back and forth and I love how their story is told from each of the points of view. The way Jack treats Joni in the beginning is ruthless and down right despicable. He was a bully and she was his target. That being said...he, in my eyes, redeemed himself. His character arc was fantastic. Joni was heartbreakingly beautiful. She is the type of person we can all hope to know. She sees people for who they are and she does that with Jack. From the very beginning she knows he is hurting and wants to help him. I loved everything about this book and in the end I wanted more. This author made me fall in love with these main characters and the side characters as well. These felt like really people. I need more from this world... ...Happy Reading!!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hamann

    Jack and Joni went to school together. He picked on her mercilessly, perhaps even bullied her. She is the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family. He, on the other hand was raised by a woman who slept around, drank, did drugs and didn't know who his father was. Jack is not only brilliant, but he is an outstanding quarterback and has a scholarship to a great university, but the scholarship only pays for tuition and room and board. He is as poor as can be and he's trying to support his mother. He ha Jack and Joni went to school together. He picked on her mercilessly, perhaps even bullied her. She is the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family. He, on the other hand was raised by a woman who slept around, drank, did drugs and didn't know who his father was. Jack is not only brilliant, but he is an outstanding quarterback and has a scholarship to a great university, but the scholarship only pays for tuition and room and board. He is as poor as can be and he's trying to support his mother. He has so many issues in his life, but he struggles to keep them a secret, while playing the role of big man on campus. But when Joni transfers there, it upsets his equilibrium and his world. Joni appears to have it all. Seeing Jack again shakes her world and her objectives. Joni is also keeping secrets. As they keep running into each other, their relationship changes and deepens. This book is one of the, if not the best book, that I've read from Stephanie Queen. It is for mature readers only and has language and explicit sex, which may not be for everyone. The author provided me with an advanced reader copy. This is my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daisy Sauceda

    This was definitely not what I thought it was going to be. So we have Jack and Joni who have known each other since they were kids. However Jack is the guy with a huge chip on his shoulder. He is mean to Joni because of what she is born into. He struggles with the fact that he is from the other side of the tracks. He does not want anyone to know that he does not have money. So he is making a name for himself playing football. He works hard for his position and well he lets everything else fade a This was definitely not what I thought it was going to be. So we have Jack and Joni who have known each other since they were kids. However Jack is the guy with a huge chip on his shoulder. He is mean to Joni because of what she is born into. He struggles with the fact that he is from the other side of the tracks. He does not want anyone to know that he does not have money. So he is making a name for himself playing football. He works hard for his position and well he lets everything else fade away. He chooses to bully Joni but feels bad about it. He was a grade a d-bag but Joni just decides to go another route. She moves. Fast forward some yrs later and they are at the same college. Now this is where things change. He doesn't want people to know about his past and what he does to make money. He approaches Joni and tells her not to say anything about his past. Which she never would because she does not like her past either. So what will happen with these two? Well for a man who tries to push her away but does not want anyone else with her? What will he do when everyone finds out about him. Is there a happily ever after. Well you will need to read it to find out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin

    Starting off, I have never read a college bully romance book, but this one was interesting. Jack and Joni’s relationship was complicated to say the least. In high school Jack bullied Joni which resulted in her transferring schools. Fast forward to college, she runs into Jack on campus. They never thought they would see each other again but fate has other plans. Since she transferred to the same school Jack attends they were bound to connect again. He is a football god with a promising future pla Starting off, I have never read a college bully romance book, but this one was interesting. Jack and Joni’s relationship was complicated to say the least. In high school Jack bullied Joni which resulted in her transferring schools. Fast forward to college, she runs into Jack on campus. They never thought they would see each other again but fate has other plans. Since she transferred to the same school Jack attends they were bound to connect again. He is a football god with a promising future playing in the NFL. Everyone has secrets, even Jack. His secret could have the potential to blow up in his face and cost him the NFL. Jack knows Joni’s secret surrounding her family, but they have some sort of truce to keep each other’s secrets. Jack grew up poor and wants to leave his past behind and Joni knows all about that. Both of them find themselves growing closer when he has to tutor her in math. They start to realize there is more than meets the eye with one another. Trouble is on the horizon surrounding Jack and he starts to question everything, even the newfound chemistry with Joni. Now the big question is, will they turn to each other or grow apart?

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