He was just a boy.
And I was just a girl.
But if that’s all there was to the story it wouldn’t be very interesting, would it?
Up and coming band Willow Creek is back in their hometown for the summer. For the drummer, Maddox Wade, this summer was meant for writing music and playing gigs.
Falling in love was not part of the plan.
One look at Emma Burke and those plans cease to matter.
Emma is quiet and guarded. She’s still hurt from her father walking out two years ago. She doesn’t want to trust Maddox, but with his dark hair, smoldering good looks, and infectious smile he’s impossible to resist.
Together Maddox and Emma embark on an unforgettable summer of adventures and first love.
Everything is perfect…or so Emma thinks.
There are things she doesn’t know, and when she finds out the truth it might shatter everything she’s built with Maddox.
No one said love was easy, and for Maddox and Emma it just might be impossible.
This is a Young Adult book. The following books in the series will be New Adult
Last To Know follows the story of Emma and Maddox. Emma has spent her life keeping to herself. If she’s not reading or playing the piano, she’s just spending time at home. She’s quiet and doesn’t trust very easily. Her plans for the summer were anything but exciting. The last thing she planned on was meeting Maddox.
Maddox is a game changer. He brings out a part of Emma that she thought was dead. Ordinary and boring are no longer acceptable. For the first time in a very long time, Emma decides to live a little, have fun and to have one unforgettable summer. As Emma embraces a summer full of adventures, she also takes a chance at something with Maddox.
“I’m not too good for you. I’m average, Maddox. I’m just a girl and you’re just a boy. But, together”, I reached up with my free hand, clasping his jaw so he was forced down to look at me,”we’re more. Maybe not perfect, but we’re something pretty extraordinary.”-Emma
But, things are not always as they seem. Emma senses that Maddox is keeping a secret from her, but hopes that he will tell her in his own time. What she doesn’t know is that the secret he is hiding has the power to destroy what they have. Will Maddox tell Emma what everyone else knows or will she be the last to know?
I figured out what Maddox was hiding right away and honestly, I can’t be mad at him for keeping his secret. For once in his life, he was just enjoying spending time with someone who didn’t know his true identity and just liked him for him. And I loved what Maddox brought out in Emma. He made her live and try things that even I would be terrified of doing.
Emma had the best personality! She kept me on my toes. She starts off as quiet and reserved. Not really the person I expected to have crazy adventures. But, as time goes on, her character grows and puts her fears aside. She takes that chance and falls in love with Maddox. Emma’s past experiences have made her afraid to fall in love and watching her overcome her past and insecurities was an amazing thing.
Last to Know is what I would consider to be Mature YA and is a very refreshing story. The story-line is captivating and pulls you in from the very first page. I know I was definitely intrigued by Maddox and what “secret” he was hiding. I felt that the characters were extremely realistic and the way their struggles were written was so palpable. I felt as though I was going through everything with them.
Last To Know was very well written. It made me laugh, smile, swoon and even broke my heart at times. It reminded me of how it was to be young, in love and to just enjoy the simple things in life. This was such a refreshing read for me. Last To Know is an amazing start to The Willow Creek Series. I can’t wait to see where the series will take us next.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
*Quote taken from ARC copy and may differ from final version*
*Review Teaser Credit: Via Author’s FB Page*
Only I would get arrested on my first date. And not even for something cool like smoking pot or indecent exposure. Nope, we got arrested for fleeing the scene—which somehow turned into resisting arrest—and were being charged a fine for trespassing.
“This is unbelievable.” I grasped the metal bars of the holding cell in my hands. “You told me we wouldn’t get arrested for feeding the ducks,” I hissed.
“Hey, at least it will be a nice story to tell your grandchildren one day,” Maddox reasoned. “And we didn’t get arrested for feeding the ducks.” I guess he was right about that—but feeding the ducks, did lead to the reason for our arrest, so it still counted in my mind.
I turned around to glare at him where he sat on the thin metal bench. “You think this is real funny, don’t you?” I shivered, because my clothes were still wet.
“I think it’s hysterical,” he grinned. “I mean, who knew swimming in a pond could get you arrested?”
“Apparently when there are signs telling you not to swim,” I glared at him. He wasn’t taking this seriously at all.
“Admit you were having fun,” he challenged. “Sometimes a little fun is worth the consequences.”
“And sometimes a little fun leads to getting arrested!” I shrieked. “And other times it leads to babies!”
He laughed, leaning his head against the cinderblock wall. “Boy, that escalated quickly. From arrests to babies—does this mean the next time we want to have some fun we try for the baby part?” He grinned crookedly, waggling his brows.
My mouth fell open. “You are unbelievable!”
“And you’re adorable when you’re angry,” he smirked.
“Oh, if you think this is angry then you haven’t seen anything yet.” I put my hands on my hips and leaned forward, leveling him with a glare. “I see your boobs, does that count?”
About The Author
Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia. She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.