Part of a series? Yes, but can be read as a standalone.
Category: New Adult.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
The guy she wants…
Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.
Isn’t the guy she needs…
Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves.
But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…
And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?
I feel really bad writing this review because while I can see the effort, the emotions aren’t there and it’s a miss for me.
The blurb made me want to read this book asap and that’s what I did. As soon as I had it I pushed everything aside and started reading it. While I really tried getting into the story and caring for the characters, nothing did.
The whole story seems forced to me on some level. There’s a solid writing style maybe a little bit too flowery to really convey the emotions the author was looking for, but I can’t completely criticize the writing style. Though, the fact that the author sometimes uses long sentences, long analogies or comparisons impacts negatively on the rhythm of the story and even on the dialogues.
The dialogues never rang true. Not once. Of course, it’s only my opinion so I understand completely if it’s only me feeling that way. But the thing is, the dialogues were never flowing. I think there are too many descriptions and at some point I even skimmed past them which I usually never do.
The characters themselves are a little confusing at times and not in a good way. I couldn’t relate to Caitlyn. I tried and every time I thought I was about to get her, something happened and I was pushed back. I don’t really know why and it’s a little annoying when you’re reading a whole novel from that character’s POV.
Heath could have been an interesting character if only I could have pictured him better. Somehow, I never swooned even though he did say some swoon-worthy and hot things. I can’t deny it. I think that I didn’t buy it because I was already turned off by the whole story.
I could never understand the secondary characters, except maybe Ethan. I didn’t like Ethan’s sister because I couldn’t understand what her deal was. Jealousy? Resentment? Damn, in my opinion she didn’t try very hard to get to know her supposedly best friend better.
Also, Ethan’s decision half-way through the book should have been more emotional for me as a reader but in the end I just arched and eyebrow and pursed my lips because I didn’t really get the build up toward that decision. It contradicted some things said before and I couldn’t see past it.
It’s a miss for me. It’s not that often that I don’t like a book like this. I feel bad writing such a review, but I tried explaining my reasons. The weird thing is, I understand completely if other readers completely fell in love with this book. I guess I’m not the right reader for this story.
I will not read the next installment, but I will keep an eye on this author because I do think that her writing style is great even though here it slowed things down a bit.
What do you think of Heath? Ethan? This book?