Title: Eyes on Me
Author: Rachel Harris
Pub. Date: March 26, 2019
Look up the word “nerd” and you’ll find Lily Bailey’s picture. She’s got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons.
Look up the word “popular” and you’ll find Stone Torres’s picture. His life seems perfect—star of the football team, small-town hero, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitching in at his mom’s dance studio helps, he’ll do it.
When Lily’s dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily’s permanent dance partner, he can’t refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. Lily shows Stone he’s more than his impressive football stats, and he introduces her to a world outside of studying. But with the lines blurred, can their relationship survive the secret he’s been hiding?
This will be a short spoiler free review as I didn’t actually plan to upload this today!
I feel bad for rating Eyes on Me 3.5, when I absolutely loved the book. From the moment I found out that Rachel Harris had another book coming out, I knew I would need it. Then I found out that there would be early finished copies at Apollycon in March. I’m dumb and forgot to preorder it for the event, and then there was a mix-up and there wouldn’t be any for sale during the event. I was a little upset.
Turns out, when I got to her table, she had one copy left, and I was able to buy it! It took me awhile to get to it – hit a reading slump, but I’ve finally read it and I loved it. It was such a good book, a cute read, and I loved the characters.
Now, I know a 3.5 isn’t bad – not at all. I think my low rating just comes from two facts – one’s a spoiler so I won’t say it here, but it has to do with a central plot element through the whole story. The big issue I had – which I think is fully on me – is I saw the conflict coming from the very beginning. I knew exactly how shit was going to hit the fan, so as I got closer to the end, I procrastinated finishing it, because I didn’t want the good times to end.
Maybe I had too much wine when I was drinking, but I teared up and the conflict hurt. Like any romance contemporary, you know things are going to get better after they get worse and they do, and I thought the ending was sweet and I loved it.
Even though I had a few issues with the book, I absolutely loved it. I loved the characters, their relationships with one another. I loved that it dealt with some heavier topics without making the book feel heavy. The plot was well paced, an easy read to breeze through if you have the time, and it will hit you right in the feels. It’s exactly what I want when I read contemporary novels, and I’m happy to say I’m 4 for 4 on that front for 2019. (I’m not a big contemporary reader – prefer sci-fi/fantasy and I’ve read four this year that I’ve loved.)
If you’re looking for a feel-good contemporary that will make you feel, you definitely want to check this book out! Also, check out Rachel Harris’s other books! I love them as well!