Aug 25, 2015
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.
Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.
As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.
West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…
This book is a pretty typical standard Abbi Glines romance. We have the popular boy meets not-so-popular-weird-but-beautiful girl. Don’t get me wrong, in my romance books I like this format. I will totally admit that I do not have any hangups when it comes to cliche’s in romance. It’s part of what makes the genre so wonderful, although this would annoy me in any other type of book.
Let’s start off with the characters. West is a popular boy who is going through his own private drama, and Maggie is a girl who has already dealt with her own private drama. West is kind of an ass because of what he’s going through, and Maggie is just a silent doormat because of what she went through. It was a really odd dichotomy and I did spend most of the book wishing that Maggie would grow a damn spine and stop being freaked out. She very much reminded me of Della from Twisted Perfection which is also authored by Abbi Glines. That’s not to say that by the end I didn’t enjoy her. I think one of Abbi Glines best features as a writer is her ability to make me care about these cliche’s and there are even some of her books that are my go to for re-reads, because they are literally the perfect romance.
The writing here is great, and really puts you in the mindset of both West and Maggie. Maggie does eventually grow a backbone by the way, and it was glorious! I mean she was clearly hurting and so was West, but man. She really needed to put herself first and create some damn boundaries, because their relationship was going unhealthy and dependent really fast. But Maggie clearly did the right thing and in the end of course everything worked out.
You guys know my policy by now. I can’t give higher than 3 stars for a romance novel. Once again the explanation is, that these are standard typical books and as much as I love romance I can’t be giving them all 5 stars. There is nothing new here or unique. This is solid gold romance, friends. That being said 3 out of 5 stars.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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