Title: Brief Encounters
Series: The Encounters Series #1
Author: Scarlett Hopper
Genre: College Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2018
Eleanor Ivy follows two rules in life: know how to lie and never let anyone in. With the painful life she left behind and the unorthodox job she currently has, lying is a must. But when Eleanor meets Jess Parker, Breslin University’s hockey player both on and off the ice, everything she has worked for threatens to come crumbling down.
Jess Parker is the epitome of everything Eleanor wants to avoid. He’s popular, cocky, and has more girls’ numbers than a phonebook. Yet, when they are paired together for a school project, their connection is undeniable. As their friendship develops, Jess’s ability to truly see Eleanor shakes the very foundation she’s built her new life on. When Eleanor begins to question the two rules she has always followed, she finds herself wondering if honesty might actually be the best policy. But, when all is said and done, will the truth be too much for Jess to handle?
THREE 🎩🎩🎩 hats from Britt
A bit different from what I expected from the blurb, Brief Encounters is a unique twist on the typical college romance. With twists and turns that had drama running high throughout this friends to lovers story I was constantly on an emotional roller coaster. I felt all the feels while reading this! From the love that blossoms between Eleanor and Jess to the tragic past that some are still trying to overcome this Book doesn’t slow down once.
Eleanor was such a unique character, strong, yet vulnerable she’s built walls around herself that are nearly impossible to climb. When paired with what she sees as a stereotypical jock she’s not expecting the close friendship that develops between them. As friendship turns into something much more both of their pasts begin to bring forth trials that will either make or break them.
Overall I enjoyed Brief Encounters. The romance was magnificent and the close group of friends created a tight knit family I adored. I personally felt at times there was just a bit too much drama even for all these characters had been through.
“A Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins
“Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks
“Help Me Lose My Mind” by Disclosure, London Grammar
“Bravado” by Lorde
“Let Go” by Frou Frou
“Wild World” by Cat Stevens
“Fall At Your Feet” by Crowded House
“Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley
“Ribs” by Lorde
“Runaway” by Kanye West, Pusha T
“Trouble” by Leona Lewis
“Miss You Love” by Silverchair
“9 Crimes” by Damien Rice
“Dice” by Finley Quaye
“Favorite Scar” by Leona Lewis
“Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS
“Last Night” by Diddy feat. Keyshia Cole
“Counting” by Autre Ne Veut
“Youth” by Daughter
“No Rest For The Wicked” by Lykke Li
“My Immortal” by Evanescence
“All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers
“Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars
Scarlett Hopper was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Los Angeles when she was 10 years old. Her passion for writing came about at a young age when her sister would read her the works of Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath. Three years ago, Scarlett re-located back to Sydney where she studies creative writing and communications. When she isn’t writing or reading, she spends her time traveling and searching for the best record stores, while eating at 24 hour diners. After her graduation, Scarlett hopes to move back to the US and begin a new adventure in Seattle.