Release Date: 08/26/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything she’s ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it is time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory.
At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend.
At first Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out? Rival Love is a debut young adult contemporary romance from Natalie Decker.
ebook. Published August 26th 2014 by Swoon Romance. Source: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
Rival love had me mad and sad, angry and excited. I liked the banter/battle between Sky and Caleb, the drama of the school rivalry, a strong, imperfect heroine, a hero who does a lot of growing up, a lot of other characters that you either love or hate and a storyline that will keep you turning the pages.
Sky. She has an acid tongue, she's smart, loyal, vindictive, kind, and a good person. She is not a person that deserves the hatred she finds at her new school. It's sad that no one - not her parents, not the guy she's falling for - really see the person she is.
Caleb. He had moments of sheer idiocy but he's young, he's making mistakes. He's far from perfect, he's cocky and arrogant but we also see him vulnerable, unsure and completely over his head. And when he starts to have feelings other than loathing for the enemy? He's totally and completely freaked out. He's a fun character to watch.
While I liked Sky and Caleb even when they're at their worst, Sky's mom Erin - I couldn't decide whether she's a horrible mom, if she's oblivious or just selfish. Why does she move her daughter to just live with a guy thirty minutes away - they're not married and it's not that far, she makes her daughter commute that far to get to her job. And if the school rivalry is serious enough for bloodshed, wouldn't she want to look out for her daughter instead of throwing her to the enemy? I'm definitely leaning towards horrible and selfish. And don't even get me started with her dad, otherwise I'll rant some more.
I did find the school rivalry a little over the top and the Bobcat's reaction to having a former Bulldog in their midst a bit much but I do love some drama. I was also not a fan of the ending. It could be considered poetic, inevitable or fitting but I wanted more. I so hope that there is a sequel.
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