by Sherry Gammon
Port Fare, New York, has fallen into the clutches of true evil. The Dreser brothers have arrived with a scheme to increase drug sales in the area by whatever means possible. Seth Prescott is part of MET (Mobile Enforcement Teams) a branch of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He’s been assigned to work undercover at Port Fare High, and things aren’t going very well, until senior Maggie Brown enters the equation. He’s harbored a secret crush on her from day one, and now that she is in the center of the case, he’s trying to stay clear and objective while walking the line between business and unrequited love.
Maggie is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes, but is she an addict, or is there another reason for her appearance? She struggles with her feelings for Seth, fearing he is just another person who will eventually let her down, as everyone in her life has done thus far.
Maggie has spent her life caring for her alcoholic mother. A task that has left her heavily burdened and alone. Before long, her mother’s health takes a turn for the worst, sending Maggie’s life into a tale-spin.
While Seth works relentlessly to inject fear into the dealers and flush them out into the open, Maggie fights to stay alive as the hunt turns deadly.
Seth and Maggie’s romantic journey is one of humor, heartbreak, and self-discovery.
I absolutely adored Maggie’s character in this book. We all know how it can be when you’re falling for someone. It’s hard to control yourself at times. Maggie keeps her composure throughout this whole story. She wants to fall for Seth but she’s convinced that he’s only after one thing. Even after he goes above and beyond to show her that he’s for real, her wall just won’t come down. She’s had a tough life and it’s made her stronger than any character I’ve come across in a book thus far. You feel bad for her but at the same time you admire her courage. After all she’s been through, you wonder how she’s even able to get herself out of bed in the mornings. She’s a truly intriguing character.
The plot of this story is that Seth is an undercover drug agent posing as a student at Maggie’s high school. There are reasons to believe that Maggie’s mom is involved in the drug trade so Seth’s task is to get close to her and find out the truth. However, Maggie wants nothing to do with him. He is the hottest guy in school after all, and the head cheerleader has already claimed him to be hers. What could he possibly want with Maggie, aside from the one thing that she’s convinced all guys want from girls like her? It’s a well put together tale and I loved seeing their relationship unfold.
As a mother myself, it was hard to read a few parts of this book. Maggie’s mother is the epitome of scum. She would definitely win the title of worst mother on the planet if she were real, an I’d probably have to teach her a lesson out back. There’s one part where you think she might actually redeem herself but then she turns on the suckiness again. Ugh, I hated this woman. But on a good note, reading about her made me want to be an even more awesome mom than I am to my own kids. It’s always a good sign when a book makes you want to be a better person. Personally, I love that!
All in all, this was a really good book! The ONLY reason I rated it a 4 and not a 5 was because of a few parts I didn’t agree with. There’s a controversial topic discussed that I felt lacked sufficient facts and for that reason alone I couldn’t rate it a 5. But that’s only my opinion. I would continue reading the series and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the plot and everything else involved. I highly recommend this book!