Author: Abbi Glines
Pages: 300 (kindle edition)
Published: December 2012
Genre: New Adult, YA, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis: Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that… Blaire just may have fallen too far.
“Because I’ve had a taste and I’m not sharing. This isn’t just for fun. I may be slightly addicted.”
My expectations of this weren’t overly high, but somehow it still managed to disappoint me. That said, I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from reading it because it’s clearly a well-liked book, and anyone else may enjoy it.
This was my first New Adult novel, and I’m really hoping this is just a bad example of the genre. I found it wasn’t very “Adult”. Sure, they have sex and whatnot, but the characters sound like fourteen year-olds.
First off, Rush is a horrible person. Every single guy in this book treats every single chick like they’re a piece of ass. But luckily for Blaire, who is “sadly” still a virgin at 19, she just has a way nicer ass (YES, it’s one those “you’re-too-old-to-be-a-virgin-and-way-too-hot” books). So of course Rush decides she should be treated like a princess, unlike all the other girls. At one point in the book Blaire tells her co-worker that she shouldn’t let guys use her, that she should find someone who treats her better than that. Then she herself goes ahead and falls for Rush, just based on the fact that he’s attractive. Never mind that he’s a complete misogynist. The whole good-girl meets bad-boy thing is great, but not the way it was handled here.
I thought at first that the writing was engaging, but at some point it becomes clear that Glines relies way too heavily on dialogue. Too much telling, not enough showing.
Don’t even get me started on the sex scenes. Dirty talk was weak and after they have sex he goes and gets a washcloth so that he can clean her lady parts for her. Real cute.
The best part was the ending. One, because I liked how the story finished and two, because the book was over.
As I said though, I would still recommend it to people who find the premise interesting. I get the sense that Glines would be a good storyteller if she worked on her characters some more. That may change in the later novels, which I’m willing to skip ahead and try.