i'm usually not a fan of books like these, where most of the interacting happens online, but i believe in kasie's ability to make this one work regardi'm usually not a fan of books like these, where most of the interacting happens online, but i believe in kasie's ability to make this one work regardless...more
one of those books that are SUPER addicting once you start reading and a total guilty pleasure. i immediately fell in love with woods and della, and aone of those books that are SUPER addicting once you start reading and a total guilty pleasure. i immediately fell in love with woods and della, and abbi glines just has a gift for writing compelling characters...more
**spoiler alert** one star for the unnecessary drama at the end cause it was actually a little depressing, but outside of that, i don't understand the**spoiler alert** one star for the unnecessary drama at the end cause it was actually a little depressing, but outside of that, i don't understand the hype. out of all the reviews i read, ONE was as negative as mine, and i figured my chances were pretty good. i love best friend romances, and even if the adult genre is a little out of my comfort zone, i'd take a good read. but oh boy i was soooo wrong about how this one went.
trudy bennett, aspiring young music journalist, is thrown in for a loop when she is assigned to cover jake wethers' tour for his new album. of course, the two have an extensive history as best friends and one should expect sexual tension and temptation. throw in a boyfriend and you have forbidden love that's sure to attract a wide audience of romance fans. i was one of those fans but i should've known better than leaping into a story with a cheating scandal perpetually around the corner. tru had been steadily dating her boyfriend will for two whole years and chose jake over will every single time. when tru had news or just wanted to take, she immediately texted jake. and this was BEFORE tru got signed on to cover jake's tour. so one day after meeting the guy she's ready to completely ditch her boyfriend who she claims was the love of her life up until jake. the entire foundation of this story should have been established much more differently: for one, tru should not have immediately been ready to drop her panties for jake the first time they met. she should have recognized his obvious attempts at flirting. she should NOT have agreed on all these dates with him and then right after been like "will won't be happy about this :(((" just. say. no. and you won't even have a problem. this trend continued, and tru just kept involving with herself with jake, never ONCE thinking about will. actually, no, the only times she thought about will was when the author wanted to create more tension and used him as a reason for them not to start fucking like rabbits.
other than that, she never mentioned will, which is so stupid because she insists that she loves will with all of her heart, she just loves jake more. so if you really love will, like you say, you should be thinking about him! she spends all of her time pining after jake and not a second missing will. i do think this is partially due to the author's decisions on when to skip ahead to a later period of time, though. at one point, tru called up will and agreed to have phone sex later that evening, hung up, went to jake's to hang out and pass the time, and woke up the next day. the period of time in between is completely skipped over, and it makes me wonder if this phone sex actually happened. not that i need to read about it but a passing glance would've been nice to include.
of course, no whiny and indecisive protagonist would be complete without her equally subpar moral compass. when she finally pulls the trigger and cheats, she first keeps it from will for many days, claiming that she needs to wait to see him in person to tell him, then doesn't tell him until almost a week later, because it isn't the right time. the entire time, jake's upset, rightfully so, and she's sobbing "give me more time! i'll tell him EVENTUALLY!!" and takes one look at will and thinks "i love him too much to break his heart." give me a break. to further illustrate her wonderful morals, she screws jake in a bathroom stall with will right around the corner and never ONCE tries to stop him, but as soon as they've finished, she starts moaning again about how evil she is, even though she never tells will about it.
but of course, she finally sees the light and comes clean. not bad, right? but no, it's bad. this is basically how the conversation goes (paraphrased):
will: baby what's wrong?
tru: will, i've been sleeping with jake.
what? can't she be a little more sensitive about it? but no. she comes right out and tells him, even though she wants to avoid him getting hurt. the better way to hold that conversation would have been explaining it in a calm manner, not immediately cutting to the chase. at least spare the poor guy the sword and just stab him with a dagger or something. just anything much milder and less harsh. when will sought out jake and tried to beat him up, he accidentally knocked tru against the wall. i hoped she had an aneurysm and just burst it (but that was the excessive amount of grey's anatomy that's in my system). i was just completely DONE with her.
all i have to say about the last half was that it was completely unnecessary. a lot of the drama was just to keep the story going because the story ended as soon as they got together. sure, they still had some problems to solve but they were blown so far out of proportion. ...more
good sequel, but it really was not necessary at all; like it was just unneeded drama and i really hated how caroline avoided problems by having sex. sgood sequel, but it really was not necessary at all; like it was just unneeded drama and i really hated how caroline avoided problems by having sex. simon's upset? blow job. unresolved argument? sex on the kitchen counter. caroline's stressed? fucking all night. honestly she keeps all these issues in and even if she wants to talk she decides an impromptu sex session is enough when all it obviously is going to lead to is more stress. caroline knows she's lying to herself and simon if she keeps putting off her issues for sex so i don't know why she gets close to talking about what's on her mind but then turning around and saying "wait a good orgasm would REALLY be great right now"
and these two are so horny they literally leave events early so they can get it on at home. one time simon and caroline are at a party and all of a sudden simon goes, "i want you so bad right now let's go home so i can fuck your brains out even though we're at some super important once-in-a-lifetime function." you literally bang every night who cares if you wait another hour? i don't know about you but sex can wait if it would cut into a party they were both looking forward to or if they knew it was important to their friends. seriously what kind of person is simon for wanting to ditch an important event for something like sex that happens every night and what kind of person is caroline for agreeing to something like this??
and if i read more thing about simon's "tool belt" or "thickness" or anything relating to his dick that does not explicitly mean "dick" i'm gonna cry.
it was a good book, but i didn't really feel like it added anything special to where the first book ended...more
nope nope nope should have realized this wouldn't be for me as soon as i saw the third person point of view and should have been out the door by the bnope nope nope should have realized this wouldn't be for me as soon as i saw the third person point of view and should have been out the door by the bee invasion.
(not that it was bad, but i was literally overcome with a sense of boredom)...more
loved the romance, everything was fabulously paced and nothing went too fast or two slow. the banter between simon and caroline was too funny, but somloved the romance, everything was fabulously paced and nothing went too fast or two slow. the banter between simon and caroline was too funny, but sometimes i felt like it was bordering on childish, how they had to make everything an innuendo when they're both in their late twenties. and caroline named her lady bits "lower caroline" or sometimes referred to it as her hoohah. as much as i loved everything else about this book, the narration was so childish i almost cried (like there was one chapter told in the cat's perspective. what?)
but other than that, definite, definite recommend!...more
good although i wouldn't call it anything special. i didn't really have any emotional connection to the characters and their romance was kind of rushegood although i wouldn't call it anything special. i didn't really have any emotional connection to the characters and their romance was kind of rushed. maybe it's just me but i like some sort of build up to the dating phase, because that's what's most realistic in today's setting. after they began dating, nothing happened. AT ALL. i was half bored, half interested in how the book was going to end.
and some of the plot twists were kind of random, as if the author knew she had nothing else to write about and she needed to milk another few hundred pages....more
i read this a WHILE ago but i just remembered it and this series is such a keeper i love love love the characters and the plot. great ending to a trili read this a WHILE ago but i just remembered it and this series is such a keeper i love love love the characters and the plot. great ending to a trilogy :)
(fun fact i read this series in like 2013 and then the two books got republished and i've been waiting since for this one to come out)...more
honestly the romance wasn't the thing i was rooting for it was karen and her coping process. i LOVE gymnastics related things like make it or break ithonestly the romance wasn't the thing i was rooting for it was karen and her coping process. i LOVE gymnastics related things like make it or break it and watching the olympics and honestly this has all of those gymnastics elements while never taking away from the emotions and pain of grief. definite recommend!...more
**spoiler alert** i don't usually write reviews anymore but this makes me so mad because i don't understand what i just read. within the first 10 page**spoiler alert** i don't usually write reviews anymore but this makes me so mad because i don't understand what i just read. within the first 10 pages, before we can even aptly INTRODUCE riley and clay's friendship, let alone establish it, the overused best friend romance trope comes into play. and honestly their friendship was completely unrealistic they were giving each other hickeys "as a joke" and kissing each other on the cheek when i can guarantee you almost no best friend pair does that every time they see each other. seriously it's so obvious what's going on because clay always has a "pained expression" on his face when riley does something supposedly sexy. and mind you this is all in the first 50 pages of the book.
they get together around the 100 page mark, spend the next 100 pages doing absolutely nothing except make out and go through a honeymoon phase. but don't worry, because the one plot device driving the central conflict of this book is the abusive ex boyfriend that riley goes out with during her and clay's "i want you but you don't love me back" phase. and then the last 100 pages comprises of more honeymooning, the "shocking" event that lands clay in the hospital, the inevitable breakup that lasts a total of one page, and spontaneous point of view shifts that is honestly very typical of a wattpad book (which it started off as). however i did expect that once this book got published that the randomly thrown in details would be edited out.
and what REALLY pissed me off is when they got married in vegas. WHO DOES THAT. they're in high school and they already show an excessive amount of pda (she literally straddles him in the cafeteria and then wonders why everybody thinks they're dating), but they so happen to get freaking MARRIED. WHY? that is so impulsive and stupid. i will grant that riley was wasted, but there was no indication of such until she woke up with a blazing hangover. and even if she was drunk out of her mind, she should have the sense to get a divorce. but no, clay manages to talk her out of it because he thinks that a divorce means he doesn't love her. if anything, it means she's a smart character who knows that 17 is too young to marry your best friend that you've been dating for a month.
so basically, overdone clichés and a completely implausible romance with a plot line that is so nonexistent even a microscope couldn't find it...more
such a cute read, and i loved darcy's character growth in combination with the romance. lucas makes me so happy, as a love interest who's totally hotsuch a cute read, and i loved darcy's character growth in combination with the romance. lucas makes me so happy, as a love interest who's totally hot and totally compassionate.
only thing i would've changed is the pacing, because sometimes i felt like the plot wasn't moving quickly enough, but then it would start jumping around and we'd be thrown a lot of new information at once. also i wished darcy's best friend played a larger role! it would've been so nice to see how she helped darcy through a hard time...more