I have to be the best. I am the best. I’m quick. I’m strong. I’m smart. I’m the star keeper of my high school soccer team, and I’ve got major leagues scouting me. As their captain, my teammates will do anything I say – on or off the field. Girls practically beg to be added to my list of conquests. As long as I manage to go pro for the best team in the world, I won’t have to worry about my father’s wrath.
I’m Thomas Malone, and I’ve seen to it that the world revolves around me.
There’s a new girl at school, and it’s just a matter of time before she gives in to my charm. This one’s just a little more stubborn than most – she won’t even tell me her name! She’s smart, too. Maybe too smart. I can’t let her in. I can’t let anybody in. I’m not too worried, but even I have to admit she’s interfering with my focus on the goal.
Dad’s not going to be happy about that.
Did I mention I love Shakespeare? Yeah, I know. I’m a walking contradiction. According to the Bard, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Somehow, I got all three.
Now how is anyone supposed to live up to that?
Offside by Shay Savage really struck me by surprise. I didn’t know what to expect going in, only that I heard it was an excellent book. It exceeded my expectations, I could not put this one down.
Thomas Malone, high school senior, star soccer player and grade A a$$hole. He and his father own the town, everyone bows to him and does as he demands. That seems like a lot of power for such a young man.
Nicole Skye, new girl in town, daughter of the sheriff, and all around sweet girl. She hides her past and is here to start fresh….school and work, no boys, no relationships. She needs to get through this year and she will be good.
An unlikely meeting sends these two down a road neither wants to travel. There are secrets and hardships, trust issues, and comedy. Most of all there is Shakespeare…
Shakespeare’s words flooded my hear: “Her voice was ever soft, gentle and low, and excellent thing in woman.” Somehow, Nicole had managed to calm my mind. Now how did she do that?
Perhaps Shakespeare would have said I “should suffer salvation, body and soul.” Somehow, I though Nicole could be my salvation.
Thomas begins to change, for the better of course…I liked how he still remained himself but was able to learn new things about himself.
Was that all it took? Just being there for her? I didn’t even know what that really meant, but I did know at that instant that she had me – heart and soul. I could feel it in my mind and every aching muscle in my body.
He was always in control, of everything thing, down to the minutest of details.
He wasn’t supposed to come in here, and he wasn’t supposed to touch anything, Everything was wrong now, and I just couldn’t handle the disorder.
Nicole just has this effect on him that was beautiful to watch…she really is an intriguing character. Thomas really describes it the best.
But this…This was different. I just wanted to kiss her. Be closer to her. Keep touching her. Stay here with her. Never, ever leave.
I turned my head toward her, something inside of me letting go…giving up. I didn’t know what this was, but I couldn’t stop it.
Once she was there beside me, and I wrapped my arm around her waist again, my world came back into focus. When her hand came up to my face, and her fingers tangled in my hair, I felt like I could take a deep breath again.
She also had strength – not just in her body but in her spirit.
Secrets comes out, lies are told, and hearts are broken. Thomas and Nicole need to be strong but it will be one of the most difficult things they ever do…
“I miss you,” I said softly. I shook my head at how stupid I was – talking to a fucking piece of paper.
Young love blossoms and fades, disaster strikes, lives are changed forever….
It was as if she was in my head – in my soul, if there was such a thing – and I was in hers. It was the single most incredible sense of elation I had ever felt in my life.
A week later and this book is still in my head and in my heart. Truly a story you don’t want to miss out on.
About the Author
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms – especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich – and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.
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