Author: John H Ames
Seventeen year old, blond-hair, blue-eyed and adorable Robbie Carroll, orphaned at a young age and mysteriously never adopted, has finally found his dream family. Nick Hawking and John Ames, now married, wealthy, and powerful, make Robbie their son, defying the young man’s past- one that Robbie himself has no memory of- that has scared all other prospective parents away. Now, Robbie has great parents and a hot brother, Nicky and beautiful sister, Lily, who take him into their midst and make him part of their tight circle of friends who all go to Elite High.
One of those friends is Tim Mercer, a gorgeous football player at Elite High. Tim’s dark looks and simmering eyes capture Robbie’s heart at first sight. But Robbie can’t be sure that Tim feels the same way, or even if he’s gay too. Moreover, even if Tim is available, there are some people around him who don’t want Robbie to get close to him, and will go to ANY lengths to keep him away. Why? What do they want with Tim? What is the secret that Tim is harboring? And who is that strange man in Robbie’s visions, who haunts his life and his dreams? Find out here!
Have you ever wondered what happens to Nick and John, or the rest of the gang we met in book one of the Surviving Elite High series? If you have then you really need to pick up this newest addition to the series.
The book starts out by introducing Robbie, a young boy who has spent most of his time in a group home for unwanted boys. Theres a bit of mystery surrounding Robbie, one that causes perspective parent to run the other way. Luckily Allison, his case worker, has finally found the perfect home for him. Soon Robbie finds himself in a home with loving fathers, Nick and John, older sister Lily, and brother Nicky. He’s a little nervous but his new family goes out of their way to make him feel wanted and loved. However, while Robbie is trying to settle in he’s also having flashback’s that terrify him.
The author really pulls you back into the world he created with this new story and in no time i found myself feeling for Robbie. I wanted to hug him when he found himself crushing on his new brother, and when he started to wonder about Tim, i found myself holding my breath wondering what was happening.
Tim is the son of Johnny Mercer, who fans will remember being Nick’s biggest football rival. Now a days the two are friends and Johnny’s son attends Elite High with everyone else. Like his dad was, Tim is a BMOC with the perfect girlfriend. Only things aren’t what they seem and the relationship is slowly tearing Tim apart. When he finally has enough and leaves his girlfriend for Robbie, things spiral completely out of control.
Tim and Robbie take their time with the new relationship they find themselves in. See how much Tim cares for Robbie is really something and it is easy to see that this relationship has the earmarks of becoming a forever love like Nick and John’s.
I love how the author was able to bring back former characters in a way that is believable, allowing fans to catch up on all their favorites. I also like that the author continues to show the teens in a realistic fashion, instead of them being overly perfect. That Nicky becomes a bit of an ass during the story, and is properly punished for his actions is a refreshing change from what we normally see.
Through everything that is going on in this story, the mystery surrounding Robbie’s parents and their death gets lost in the shuffle. I can’t what to see how this is resolved and from the glimpse we got in Surviving Elite High: Next Generation, I am a little worried as to what Robbie went through.
Those new to this series need to know that the books must be read in order.