I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Hide Me by Lexi Scott, from Entangled Publishing LLC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my review.
Ripped apart by guilt and grief, nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad grabs her stuff and runs from her super-conservative home and family in Pennsylvania and hauls ass for sunny California. All she wants is escape. Now she has a craptastic apartment, a job at a tattoo parlour, and even a friend-who’s-mostly-benefits. Then she meets a sexy, inked, surfer-dude who has the potential of capsizing everything…
Deo Beckett is adrift. Underemployed and over-boozing, Deo knows he should be doing something more with his life. Being something more. All it takes is a pin-up hottie with a smart mouth—and a bruised soul—to force Deo to start looking below the surface. To wonder if there’s more to life than being a beach bum. Now he’s falling for Whit…and hard.
But Whit ran from home for a reason, and she’ll go to any lengths to keep Deo from learning the truth…
*previously released under Lengths in 2012
Publication Date: July 07, 2015.
Hide Me proved to be a book that I wasn’t expecting at all. I had this preconceived idea of what Hide Me was about and when that proved not to be the case I was very happy.
Hide Me has two differing points of view that for the most part alternate with every chapter. The first point of view we read from is Deo who seemed to be the guy that everyone knew and was friends with, but let very few people in. Whit we soon learn is very secretive and protective of her past and guards it fiercely. We also learn that Whit is extremely grumpy in the morning; according to Deo.
Hide Me follows Deo and Whit as they both come to terms with their feelings for each other. Something that I genuinely appreciate about this novel is that these characters fuck up. Deo and Whit’s relationship is not all sunshine and starry skies. There are the hard times, but I like that the story has them talk things out instead of having cave man sex until everything is better, like some romance novels do.
So for the longest time I thought that Hide Me was about a guy and a girl falling in-love (it is). However, I thought that the girl was from the Amish country, and that her parents ran this freaky Mafia business that Whit had run away from (not true). And the “Hide Me” part of the title meant that Whit was so scared of her parents that she got Deo to hide Whit at extreme lengths (not true).
What actually happened in comparison to my overactive imagination was tame. Nevertheless, Hide Me is still an emotionally charged novel. I actually almost read this book in one sitting, and would have, had I not been distracted by real life.
I actually enjoyed reading Hide Me, and getting to know Deo and Whit more than I thought I would. I knew that at the start of the book, they’d end up together. I mean it’s kind of a given since Hide Me is a romance novel.
Aside from truly enjoying Deo and Whit’s characters, I loved the side characters as well.
One thing that I did not love about this novel was that Deo and Whit’s relationship is seriously rocky. Until it wasn’t, but by that time the story was 90% over. That been said, I kind of enjoyed how realistic their relationship is, and I loved how communication was a huge part on Deo’s end of things.
I give Hide Me, 3 stars.