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Kiss to Conquer

rating: ★★★★★
title: Kiss to Conquer (Blairwood University, book 1)
author: Anna B. Doe
release date: June 5, 2020
setting: Blairwood University (somewhere in New England?)
publisher: Independently Published
genres: new adult, college romance, sports romance, contemporary, hard hitting


The past tore them apart.

After a terrible accident took everything from Callie Stewart, enrolling at Blairwood University is supposed to be a chance at a new beginning.

Living his best life, Hayden Watson, star wide receiver for the Blairwood Ravens, is heading straight for the NFL draft and nothing is going to stand in his way.

The present brings them together.

Their paths were never supposed to cross, but when they do, all those old demons and feelings come rushing back. Hayden thinks he knows all about Callie’s life before Blairwood and he’s not ready to let go of the past, much less forgive her for what she has done three years ago.

One thing’s for sure… it’s going to take more than a kiss to conquer their broken past.

Thank you so much to the author for my digital arc of this book in exchange for my honest review.

From beginning to end this was amazing! How can you pack that much pain, desperation and ultimately, love into one book? I adore the cast of characters Anna has brought to the table here with this college romance.

Hayden is a football God, loved by everyone. His teammates are some of his best friends and he has not a single problem getting girls’ attention. Callie is a new transfer to Blairwood University and is the exact opposite of Hayden’s huge presence. She just wants to keep her head, covered by her ever present red ball cap, down and get through her classes. But, like two magnets, Callie and Hayden keep colliding. The only problem is they already know each other… and the reunion is not a welcome one. Dealing with the ghosts of their fractured past together, the two try hard to avoid each other, while simultaneously trying to deny the pull and attraction they both feel.

This was such a great read. The things that Callie is battling from her past, all her guilt, fear and despair, are so severe and she refuses to believe that she is deserving of any semblance of happiness. What she did to Hayden when they were in high school shook his whole world, but they got him to where he is now. He has trouble coming to terms with her being back in his life, though, and if he has the ability to let it all go and forgive her.

There were so many other characters in this book that were great, as well. The girls that accept and befriend Callie, and the housemates of Hayden’s. I cannot wait to continue the series to see more of them all.


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