Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Leigh Talbert Moore, All Night Reads, and Netgalley.Blurb (from Goodreads):
“Gossip Girl meets VC Andrews in this contemporary family saga. Love, lies, and betrayal become the new normal when Anna enters the world of Jack and Lucy Kyser.” –Magan Vernon, international bestselling author of The Only Exception
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.
Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.
Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.
Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.
Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.
A secret that could permanently change all their lives.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Leigh Talbert Moore, All Night Reads, and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Anna is instantly attracted to the gorgeous Jack when he and his twin sister start at her school. She never expected Jack to be interested in her though.
Jack and Anna become an item, but then things change and Jack breaks up with her. Anna still loves him though, and he seems to like her still too, and occasionally they slip up and make out. Jack doesn’t want to commit to Anna though, whilst Anna’s friend Julian has made it clear that he is ready to commit, and she can’t help but be swept away by his kisses too.
Which boy should Anna be with though? Can she really have a future with Jack? Is she ready to be more than friends with Julian? And what is going on between Julian’s mother and Jack’s father?
This was an okay contemporary romance novel, but you really need to read the next book in the series to find out what happens!
Anna was a girl who was more focused on her future career than on boys, but once Jack started to show an interest, she seemed to get distracted really easily. I did find it a little difficult to relate to Anna in this story, although I’m not really sure why. I think I may have been to do with the fact that every time Jack hurt her, she seemed to go back for more. At times I really wanted to point her in Julian’s direction and give her a shove.
Jack started off as a good love interest, but very quickly became bad for Anna. The way he strung her along, and kept teasing her and then putting her down again was awful, and I really wanted her to wise up and stay away from him.
Julian started out as a friend, but by the end of the book I was definitely on his side. He was so much more caring, and so much better for Anna than Jack, that I really wanted Anna to choose him!
The storyline in this book was okay, and the mystery element added another dimension to the plot too, rather than focusing entirely on the romance side of things. I did guess several things that happened in the book, although I didn’t guess what Jack’s sister Lucy was up to.
While a lot of answers were forthcoming in this part of the story, the poo has yet to hit the fan with regards to some of the secrets being kept, and so we’ll have to read the next in the series to find out how these things will be resolved. Who Anna will end up with is also unresolved, although I am definitely team Julian!
Overall; YA contemporary romance, that will leave you wanting the next in the series.
6.75 out of 10.