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Before Drayton and Dallas, there was Ellie and Leroy . . .
With the prequel to her smash hit The QB Bad Boy and Me, rising star Tay Marley returns to tell the story of Drayton’s parents and the summer that changed everything . . .
Sometimes home isn’t a place, it’s a person. From the moment their eyes met, Ellie knew he would be her destiny. Handsome and ripped, there’s just something about Leroy Lehay, Baylor University’s soon-to-be star quarterback, that makes him impossible to resist.
Consumed by a passion neither one of them can quite understand, Leroy and Ellie spend the summer together. Left senseless and overwhelmed by his touch, Ellie experiences a world of desire she could never have imagined.
Safe in Leroy’s arms, Ellie begins to see a life beyond high school: going to college, starting her own business, having a family. But when life-altering news shakes them to their cores, Leroy and Ellie must discover if their passion is enough to help them get through what might possibly be the greatest challenge of their lives.
I was cheesing so hard while reading this. It’s very rare that a fictional couple seizes my heart from the very first page but Ellie and Leroy did just that. Their story is one I couldn’t get enough of and one that made me cry and laugh simultaneously from pure happiness.
I think Tay did a great job of bringing the setting and characters to life in a way that made me as a reader feel a part of Ellie and Leroy’s journey. It’s one I adore with all my heart and will recommend as one of my favorite love stories.
I also love how precise the time period of the novel was. Set in the 90s, I think the author did a phenomenal job of bringing it to life with her detailed descriptions of the clothing, visual settings, and music. I also really liked the writing style, it made for a very fast and engaging read.
Overall I would recommend to anyone looking for a sweet, wholesome and romantic teen love story that is reminiscent of many favorite 90s movies.