One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
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The story is told in spilt POV and is set across two time periods (don't worry no spoilers). Peyton is quirky and sweet, but with enough confidence to face the popular guy head-on and to make him smile - can she move on from the past and forgive his mistakes? Justin has big goals of making amends with Peyton and charming her all over again.
I do sometimes find time jump stories a little irritating or hard to follow, but that wasn't the case in The Natural History of US. I appreciated discovering more about how Peyton and Justin met and what happened between them. Their relationship tackles more than the usual teen relationship drama (again, no spoilers here). I was surprised how certain events transpired but really respected how Harris handled them.
The relationship between them is full of the heightened drama of first love but their angst and emotional turmoil seemed realistic and well considered. I did find myself questioning their ages in the flashback sections but I liked them both.
The narrative improves more and more as the story progresses, building up to a gut wrenching conclusion. I would have liked a longer ending because I really wanted to know what happened next. I enjoyed this heartwarming first love/second chances story.
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.
An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!