This book, unfortunately, is in the "I'm the only decent woman in the universe" category of romance. Autumn, the main character, is constantly encountering women who just aren't as good as her -- her best friend is a bipolar flake, her step-mother is a model (a character flaw in the universe of this book, apparently), her romantic rival is evil in a Jersey-Shore-meets-Jerry-Springer way, her grandmother is demented and sex crazed, her mother is a doormat, etc.
Reading this book is a tiring experience.
Autumn has put off college for two years so that she can help at her family's failing eatery. After winning a scholarship, she finally tears herself away from home and joins her best friend, who has already been at college for two years. Autumn, following a rape six years earlier, has apparently decided that everyone on earth should follow her path and avoid contact with men, so she's very upset to realize that her best friend (and new roommate) has decided to consort with the opposite sex and have a boyfriend. Autumn expresses this by being a jerk to her best friend and Tyler, the boyfriend, constantly, mindless of the impact that her constant hostility may have on her friend's relationship.
Her POV on men quickly changes, however, when she meets Vinny, apparently the only attractive guy at this college. Vinny is involved in some convoluted family drama involving his own family restaurant, the obligatory Italian family mob connections, and his psycho is-she-an-ex-or-isn't-she girlfriend (?). He falls for Autumn and rapidly decides that the best way to express his caring is to get her a job right in the ground zero of drama, his restaurant. It's a forty-minute train ride away from their college, but I'm sure she wouldn't have been able to find a job in the middle of a big college town anyway.
Autumn and Vinny can't decide if they want to be together or not. Neither one of them have even the rudimentary coping and communicating skills you'd expect in a NA romance. They're pouting, snooping, conclusion-drawing, dramatic, problem drinking, yelling, immature messes. I felt like I was reading a book about fifteen-year-olds and this made the frequent and graphic sex scenes very uncomfortable.
While Autumn might have an excuse for how poorly she behaves (she swore off men all through high school and I think she might be mentally ill), I had trouble making similar excuses for Vinny. He's supposedly a grown man, so his attraction to Autumn seemed borderline predatory. He knew that she had trouble resisting him sexually, but the conditions that he applied to their relationship were, at best, in a moral grey area. And his actions, when he comes close to getting what he wants, are so counter to what he says he wants, it's hard to know what he was thinking.
The plot is terrible and the characterization is even more so. I can believe that this book is targeted for those who are not yet adults, but it's hard for me to believe that it was actually written by an adult.