Trouble Next Door (Stefanie London)

McKenna Prescott is the queen of picking the wrong men. When her latest boyfriend dumps her, she decides to devote her time to “exploring herself” (read: drinking wine and ordering sex toys online) and starting her freelance makeup business. That is, until an embarrassing delivery mix-up puts her sexy, gruff neighbor in her path…

Beckett Walsh is married to his job…which is a deal-breaker for the woman he’s supposed to be marrying. Even worse, his would-be father-in-law has pulled support from Beckett’s startup and now Beckett stands to lose everything. But the gorgeous, crazy makeup artist from down the hall has an equally crazy but mutually beneficial idea: if he convinces his sister to hire McKenna for her high-society wedding, McKenna will teach him about what women want so he can get his fiancée back.

All he has to do is make sure he doesn’t fall for the wrong girl.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog on the next few days to read her review of this book.

I’m going to keep the format I’ve been using for the last few reviews. It’s easy and practical, eheh.

THE POSITIVE:

  The writing, this book is fun and fast paced. It just flew by. Even if I’m not the biggest fan of the 3rd person POV, Stefanie London did a great job on this one, and managed to give different voices to each of the characters, even through the third person perspective.

  The characters were awesome. I loved McKenna, she was so unique. And having a main guy who is an introvert? Yes please!

♥  The romance was great and McKenna and Beckett had tons of chemistry. I really enjoyed their time together.

THE NEGATIVE:

♦  I was expecting more development on the story, especially after the fallout, and in terms of their family lives. A lot was talked about McKenna’s relationship with her family, and Beckett’s family too, but in the end, everything was wrapped up fairly quickly, and I felt like some things were missing.

♦  Even though I really liked the romance, I expected more of Beckett and I was disappointed with him for a little bit (even understanding his reasoning), and I wish, once again, that certain things had been explored a little more.

Overall, very cute and fun read, and I DEFINITELY recommend it. Perfect for a rainy, lazy afternoon.

The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Kendra C. Highley)

Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “no girls” policy, so be it. 

Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.

Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…

Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.


I think I’ve outgrown most YA entangled romances… or maybe I’m not in the right mood at the moment? But the fact is, I couldn’t quite maintain any interest in this book, and it took me a lot to go through it.

I’ve now read several books by this author and I quite enjoyed them, so I enjoyed the writing on this one too. It just didn’t quite grip me. I did like how different the two characters felt, but I thought something was missing there, and I couldn’t quite connect with either Dylan or Lucy. They were plenty different though and their voices were distinct and I appreciated that.

The romance just really came out of nowhere though. Like I said, they were complete opposites in term of personalities, so I was excited that they didn’t get along at first, the chemistry was there and the spark too. But after that first clash, they gave in right away to their attraction and everything was very mild from then on, and extremely fast. WAY WAY TOO FAST.

I did enjoy the role of Lucy’s little brother, Otis, he had a big personality and he was so funny. But overall the book felt very meh to me, with a plot that left way too much to be desired, characters not 100% formed, and a romance that could have been great, but just didn’t get there.

I’m sorry I didn’t enjoy this one more… if you’ve liked the series so far, I do hope the book works better for you than it did for me.

Operation Prom Date (Cindi Madsen)

Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.

Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.

The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains stargazing, accidental swimming, and poker swindling. This kissing practice will melt your ereader…and give you a new couple to ship.


This has to be the cutest, most adorable teen Entangled romance that I’ve read in a while! This book is all kinds of amazing 😀 .

I had read one book by Cindi Madsen before, but it was a NA book, Crazy Pucking Love, and I wasn’t impressed by the book or the writing. But this one is a totally different story. Operation Prom Date is told in the first person, dual POV, and it’s fun and light, and it makes so many pop culture references that my heart was just about to explode from happiness.

Which leads me to the characters, and oh boy, these 2 were kind of great. Kate is a serious student, super smart, who loves to watch tv shows and ship the couples in them… but she wants a fairy tale moment and that’s why she is convinced that she has to go to prom with Mick. I really liked Kate, I thought she felt real, because she had so many different sides to her. I liked to read about her.

Cooper though… WOW! The guy is kind of dreamy. I loved that he didn’t keep the different parts of himself hidden, he truly didn’t care what other people thought, and he was happier for it. I liked that he knew what he loved, even if felt trapped by his dad’s choices for him. I loved that he put friendship and Kate’s needs ahead of his own, because that is love.

I’m a fan of these kinds of romances, where the girl thinks she wants one guy and ends up falling for the guy who is right next to her, and it was super well done here. The author managed to show their friendship and how much they meant to each other as friends, before the romance crept in the way, and that just made the romance all the better.

I shipped them… BAD! They were so cute together, and they talked about everything, from the most inconsequential thing, to very deep and heavy stuff, and their connection was so well achieved.

To sum it up, if you’re in the mood for a very cute and heartwarming teen romance, with a slight dose of angst (small), give this one a chance, I’m telling you it’s very worth it!

The Bad Boy Bargain (Kendra C. Highley)

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Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways. 

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer — dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer — is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, “dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Sawyer’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses… and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.


Hey guys, once again I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog in the next few days for her take on this book.

Entangled Crush book are awesome! They truly are. And this one did not disappoint at all.

This wasn’t my first book by Kendra C. Highley, as I had previously read Finding Perfect and Defying Gravity, and I really liked both of them, so I knew that I would like her writing, and I was right. This is probably the most beautifully written book of the three, maybe because it deals with such dark emotions. So yeah… I really really liked the writing.

I have to admit that I found it a bit hard to connect with Faith, and I thought that she wasn’t totally fleshed out, even by the end of the book. Maybe because most of the story and plot center around Kyle and the secrets he’s keeping and why he’s keeping them, Faith gets away with being sweet and excited, but there isn’t much more shown of her. Yeah, we know what she likes and doesn’t like, but mostly in the context of Kyle… I feel like after over 200 pages, I don’t really know her.

On the other hand, I loved loved loved Kyle. Kyle is such a complex character!!! I absolutely loved him, and understood why he did what he did at every turn. I liked how scared he was, while trying to appear calm and collected. I loved that he knew who he was, even if he didn’t show himself to the world. Because who doesn’t like to read about a player who has never been kissed?

These two together was all kinds of sweet and adorable. SO CUTE! But I have to say, I might be OK with instalove on occasion, but these two went from not knowing each other to being in love in a week… That’s one of my huge problems with this book, everything (and I do mean everything) happened way too fast!

While I did like that there was never really a pretend relationship, because they tried to be real from the start, I think that the time frame was just so limited. I wanted them to know each other way better before they went all in.

I also had a little problem with the premise of the book and the why they got together in the first place. The reason why Faith wanted to wreck her reputation felt really silly and dumb to me, because I don’t understand why what caused it would be an issue… but hell, I won’t pretend to understand how Highschool works in the US.

Overall, and even with the few problems I had with this book, it was still a very enjoyable read. I really loved the writing and the emotional ride that Kyle got me through. And that made it a worthy read.

Falling for the Girl Next Door (Tera Lynn Childs)

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Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.


I keep loving this series!

After reading Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru, I was excited to keep reading their story, and this one most definitly did not disappoint. Actually, this book was deeper and heavier than the first one, and I really appreciated that.

Once again, I really enjoyed the writing, and I especially liked that Tru’s POV was deepened a little. In fact, this is a huge book in regards of Tru, given that it deals with him coming to terms with his addiction and seeking help for it.

Both characters show maturity while dealing with Tru’s problem, with him realizing that he wants to be his best version of himself, and that it isn’t fair to Sloane what he’s doing to their relationship. And Sloane by giving him time and space to sort himself out. Yeah, both these things come to a crash eventually, but they both have enough maturity to solve out everything.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the “fake-boyfriend” thing here, though it did make me love Finn even more, and now I can’t wait for his and Willa’s book. But I didn’t feel it was really necessary the overall scheme of things. Also, Sloane needs to chill about her parents! A parent that doesn’t answer your calls, is clearly more interested in something else more than he is about you, so the whole plan of making her dad move to Austin, didn’t sit well with me, because I never saw a way that it could happen.

I keep hating all the parents in this story… I have moments when I like Sloane’s mom, but they need to actually have a meaningful conversation at some point in time, right? I thought the plot on this book was a little rushed, and the time frame was a little short. I would have liked for them to take their time.

I’m excited for the last book about Sloane and Tru, because I want to see all the loose ends being tied up. I want Tru to let go of his father, I want Tru’s mom to do more, I want Sloane and her parents to actually discuss something important, I want her art public, and I want them going off to college together :D.

Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru (CREATIVE HEARTS #1)

HOW WILLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK (CREATIVE HEARTS #2)

CRAZY, STUPID, FAUXMANCE (CREATIVE HEARTS #3)

THE SECRET LIFE OF A DREAM GIRL (CREATIVE HEARTS #4)

Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru (Tera Lynn Childs)

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This Entangled Teen Crush book contains vandalism in the name of art, art in the name of love, and love for a boy too charming to ever hate. 

When life gives you a blank canvas, make art.

Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin’s NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it’s all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.

Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.

But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it’ s not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn’t want to be without him.


It’s no secret that I love these entangled crush YA romances, but somehow I had skipped this one, even though I read the rest of the series so far. With book 2 hitting Netgalley and coming out tomorrow, I thought it was about time I read the first book in the Creative HeArts series. This series is unique in the way that each couple is written by a different author, and each couple also gets more than one book.

This was my first book by Tera Lynn Childs and I really enjoyed it. Again, the book is told in an unusual POV – this is a common feature of the whole series – where the main POV, the girl’s, is told in the first person, and we get little short chapters from the guy’s POV, on the third person. When I first read this on Willa, I thought it was kind of weird, now I absolutely love it. The writing is easygoing and  fun, and it and the good pacing, made the book flow well and super fast.

I really liked both characters. Both Tru and Sloane have a lot going on in terms of family life, and it has a lot of stake on how they think and behave. They’re both so strong and facing kind of impossible situations… I can’t wait to read more about it.

The story is very well constructed and I really liked how slow things evolved between Sloane and True, and how they forged a good friendship (sort of), before letting go.

I’m really on the fence about the parents on this story. I have specially a huge problem with Tru’s mom… without giving much away, Tru’s dad sucks, but the fact that his mom, knowing what goes on inside the house, badmouthed her son to her best friend? I hate that!

Either way… I’m starting book 2 now, because I want to read more about these two, and probably suffer a bit more when the book feels incomplete again by the end, and I have to wait another year to get book 3… 😀

Have you read this series? YOU SHOULD! Check out my reviews of the other titles:

How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Creative HeArts #2)

Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance (CREATIVE HEARTS #3)

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl (CREATIVE HEARTS #4)

The Summer Before Forever (Melissa Chambers)

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Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it. 

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something — something he knows will change how she feels about him — and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…


Hey guys! This was yet another book I read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as a buddy read, and you can check out her take on this book here.

Finally! Finally!!! I absolutely loved this one. Lately ARCs have been hit or miss, majorly, so I was so happy that this book made me laugh and swoon and tear up a bit, and not want to throw my phone to the wall. This book was so cute!!!!

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I loved the writing style :D, it was my favorite kind! Dual POV with first person narration!!! Also, the writing is light and fun, even when dealing with serious subjects. Another detail that I thought was super smart and well done, was how the chapters were numbered. Because Landon suffer from dyscalculia, his chapters are numbered differently. Cool, right?!

I loved how typical (yet atypical) the two main characters were. Chloe was a regular shy girl, who was gorgeous and hot, but because she wasn’t that outgoing, she didn’t get asked out or hadn’t dated at all. The great thing about her was how strong she was. Chloe went through something really bad, but she was strong enough to move forward, and to talk to the right people and learn how to trust again. I loved how she took Jenna’s list in stride and slowly came out of her shell without losing herself. Serious question: where can I get myself a Landon? Because that dude was seriously awesome! I loved that he wasn’t just a jock, but that he had all this depth to him. Perfect! I really liked how his learning disability was integral to the plot, and it showed how it can affect everything in someone’s life.

At first I was a bit worried about Jenna, Chloe’s BFF, because she was so out there, but she managed to be the best friend that Chloe needed all along, and she also managed to have a very sibling-like relationship with Landon, which was super cool. I now what to know more about her.

The romance was pretty great, even though their feelings for one another started out super fast, they still felt genuine, and I really liked how slowly their romance evolved, especially because Chloe needed for things to move slowly, and Landon understood and more than respected that.

Apart from their romance, the family aspect to this book was super relevant too. Chloe and Landon both deal with a new family dynamic, and I appreciated how organic those relationships felt.

Overall, I really really loved this teen romance, and I couldn’t recommend it enough!

Daring the Bad Boy (Monica Murphy)

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Truth or Dare was never this much fun… 

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself — gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions…but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will melt your heart.


Hey guys, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, you can check out her review of this book here.

So, as you can see in my rating, I didn’t exactly loved this book, and to be honest, I was quite enjoying it until around 82%, and then it was just a big NO for me.

Let me start with the writing style, ok? I liked it. This story is told in dual POV, from Jake and Annie’s perspectives, and I did enjoy the back and forth of both POVs.

My biggest problem though was Annie. I honestly hate this, because I feel like I’m always hating on the girls in these romances, but I was prepared for 100% forgive Annie for her stupid decisions in the beginning and her stupid crush on Kyle, but she went from a sweet, and shy girl who loved to read, to someone who thought that other people’s opinions were more important than her own integrity. I do understand that she was 16 yo, but someone who thinks that her so called friends are talking shit behind her back, and she still does everything she can to impress them? NO!

I liked Jake. I thought he was a better rounded character than Annie, and his initial behaviour made sense because of his anger issues. He did have a case of super insta-love for Annie, but I’ll forgive him that.

The story and the romance between Annie and Jake was cute, for the most part, but then, as soon as they’re good and kind of happy, everything gets messed up, and I hated it. I hated it because Annie made a bunch of such weird choices. And then the people in Jake’s live have weird reactions and complete 180’s. Honestly, I was reading those last 18% and thinking “was this even written by the same person?“.

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Until that point the book was a solid 3.5/4 stars for me, but those events kind of ruined it for me, and after thinking about it a lot, I couldn’t give it more than 2.5. Bah, what a disappointment.

The Summer I Became a Nerd (Leah Rae Miller)

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On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader — perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl’s body isn’t just unknown, it’s anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way. 

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.


I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now, so when Entangled put it up on Netgalley, I jumped at the opportunity to review it, so I ended up reading it with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as a buddy read, so check out her blog in the next couple of days to check out her take on the book.

I really really enjoyed this one. Maddie was not the best main character at all. Her doubts and fears alone could have put me off immediately in regards to this book, but I loved the writing and Maddie’s voice, which made me feel somewhat more permissive towards Maddie’s troubles.

This book was hilarious!!!!!

As I said, Maddie was not the easiest main character to love. Her fear of being recognized as a nerd, and the lengths she goes through to hide it are maddening. Some of her comments about the nerds are awful. But she does grow up a lot, and her feelings for Logan are beyond cute.

Logan was amazing! I have no words. I just wanted to read comics with him and go LARPing too, because that all sounded super great.

I really liked the romance as well, and this was such an easy and fast read. I loved it. It made me laugh and swoon, so I have to recommend it. Maddie might frustrate you at some point or another, but remember: it’s all worth it!

Blackmail Boyfriend (Chris Cannon)

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Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…

Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable-despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers-or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.

Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different.

Can something so fake turn into something real?


I’ve had this book on my kindle (and on my TBR) for a long time now, and I thought that it was finally time to get to it. I’ve read a lot of contemporaries lately, and also a lot of fake-relationship romances, so I’m sorry to say that this book disappointed me… a lot. It not only has a great goodreads average rating, but it has good ratings from fellow bloggers, so I thought this would be a lot better to be honest =/.

Let’s start with the writing. I thought the writing itself was pretty average, but what it failed on was the dual POV. As you know, I’m a huge fan of dual POV, I think it brings a lot to the table in romance novels. But the problem here was that the dual POV was not great, and the two main characters didn’t have distinct enough voices. Sometimes I had to revert to the beginning of a chapter to know who was talking, and I even spotted at least one time that the author herself was confused about who that POV belonged to… never a good sign.

Another thing that bothered me a lot was the errors in formatting, as well as some typos. My brain is OK to ignore both things when I’m reading an ARC, because it knows that it’s not a finished version. But here this wasn’t the case. This book was the kindle version sold on amazon, which means that some kind of things shouldn’t be found.

I had some problems with the two main characters too. Haley felt too young and immature. While her plan initially is supposed to be opening the way for other boys to know she’s datable, she’s infatuated by Bryce right from the start and hopes to make their relationship real very early on, even without really knowing him. Her reactions annoyed me a lot of the times too. Bryce was no better, unfortunately. He was super clueless, but that could have been kind of cute, right? But he ran hot and cold, and most of the times he was inconsiderate, and I wanted to slap the hell out of him. To be honest, I liked their 2 BFFs a lot better, and even their romance was better, and I kind of wish that the book had been about them instead of Haley and Bryce.

The plot was interesting though, and had a lot of potential. I especially liked Haley’s twin brothers and how protective they were of their sister. The romance itself also had potential, but I thought the execution was a bit shady and several potentially romantic moments were wasted.

At least the parents were very present in this book, even if they each had only one normal and good parent, because Bryce’s dad and Haley’s mom were terrible!

Honestly this book was OK, entertaining, but not good. I couldn’t relate at all with the characters and they were super annoying to me. I’m sure though, that a lot of people won’t have this problem, so I can’t tell you not to read it… it just wasn’t for me.