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Every Which Way

(Sloan Brothers #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  4,750 ratings  ·  389 reviews

I made a pact with my best friend that when we went to college neither one of us would fall in love. We were going to enjoy ourselves and this new adventure. She didn’t keep her side of the pact, but I was determined to.

Then I met Macsen Sloan.

He was quiet and kept to himself. He was nothing like his cocky, basketball star brother, Thayer.


Severine Blake wa
Paperback, 390 pages
Published November 14th 2012 (first published November 13th 2012)
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My first foray into the New Adult genre has been disastrous. Needless to say this one is eligible for negative stars and owes me a lobotomy.

Beware: plenty of snark and explicit language ahead. There are no spoilers, but loads of gifs, because words alone are just not doing it for this one.

Let's begin with first impressions. That title is shit. I have no idea what it wants to convey and frankly, I have one that fits the story much better. Welcome to The Slut-shamer's Guide to Humanity!

The basi
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: ar-reads, new-adult
I wrote this. So I'm a little biased.
Tough Critic Book Reviews
One for the Three Star Hall of Fame so read this review dammit...

I'm conflicted with loving a book, but not really caring for the writing style. I enjoyed the story...a lot, but my issues are purely with execution. The first half was a struggle for me; mainly the dialogue. It didn't feel like natural conversation and every now and then someone would say something that didn't seem to fit with the conversation at hand. The author had some beautiful things to say and is obviously very intelligent.
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
“I saw you first,” he rasped out deeply. “Remember that. I saw you first.”

One of my favourite things about reading so many books is finding new authors with a fresh voice, a different idea in mind, an original story to share. Nothing about Every Which Way is what you would expect a story with a love triangle to be. This is a book about the ultimate question we all ask ourselves when our heart is in danger of being broken – is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved
L A i N E Y
This book & its protagonist.
I don't get it, dating a guy when you're obviously more attracted to his brother?
Because... who have the time for reasons right?

Too much condescension toward other women. MC was such a hateful person.

Almost everything felt forced: the situations, the dialogue, at times even the humor felt stilted. Forced.

I believe if this book had less drama, less Macsen-shenanigans and waaayyy less girl-on-girl hate, it would be more enjoyable. But then it would also be an entirely d
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok

Did I like the story? YES!!!!
Did I like the characters? YES!!!
Who was your favorite character? Sev in the beginning. Thayer at the end.
How was the dialogue? Confusing.
How were the character's voices? Good. Men sounded like men. Good.
How was the writing? Discombobulated
Did the story flow? Yes and No.
Would I recommend it? Not as it stands.

I recently read an article by the Huffington Post about why Indie authors aren't taken seri
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
A love triangle... with two hot brothers... whats not to love?!? I really enjoyed this book! A solid 4 star/4.5 star read! It was angsty, snarky and very funny at times.

You need to remember, Severine, that a lonely heart is better than a heart left in pieces...

This was advice given to Severine by her mother, which explains a lot of her actions to me. While at a coffee shop with her best friend Lily, she first notices the Sloan brothers. Her life will never be the same. Though very different,
Kellie Maddox-Ward
4 stars.
And a massive
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Thayer won me over wayyyyy before he won Severine over.
Macson was hard not to like….

Then he turned into an ass

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The family dynamics between Macson, Thayer and the rest of them seemed a bit extreme, until all was revealed.
Then it was understandable.

The ending was interesting and now I am intrigued as to where the next one is going after reading the synopsis…
Autumn Review
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review, blog-tours
You know those books, the ones that tie you up in knots? Yeah, well...this was one of those types of books for me. This book made me laugh, pull my hair out, and even had me begging my friend to give me hints! I know, I know...bad Autumn. Despite my angst, I really, really liked this book.

I'll admit that it took me a while to warm up to Severine. I can't pinpoint what it was initially that I didn't connect with, but by the end of the book I "got" her. She does have a good sense of humor, which
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Sloan Brothers Stars

Isn't It truly amazing when you think that you've read several great books? That you're basically a veteran when it comes to this whole romance binge reading stuff? But then a book like "Every Which Way" comes around from 2012 at that and knocks you off your know it all high horse. That's where I'm at right now, this book has ruined me.
The story of Severine and the Sloan brothers felt like it was being told through a magnifying glass the whole time. I mean that in a go
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 dreamy torn between two brothers stars !!!!

I was so wishy-washy. I definitely switched up throughout the WHOLE book !!!!!!!!
It wasn't toooo hard. A deal-breaker was thrown in so it made the decision easier :)

I stayed up all night for Team Thayer ❤❤❤❤ so now I'm off to book 2


I must fall back in love with Macsen ❤
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Calia Read is an amazing author to keep your eye out for! I absolutely loved and devoured this book in one sitting.
Laurynne Gouws
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
It's been a very long time since I've been completely confused and at a total loss of what to actually say in my review.

And today is one of those days and Every Which Way by Calia Read is the cause for my absent thoughts.

Let me break it down in a simpler manner and then maybe through that I might actually get a review going here.

The beginning of this book was good. I liked Severine. She was introduced to me in a great way with her quick wit and her ability to carry across sarcastic comments wit
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
**may contain spoilers***
This is 4.5 stars

**may contain spoilers***

I finished this book two days ago and I haven't stopped thinking about it. In a very good way. I honestly loved the book. This book tells the story of Sev and the Sloan brothers. Sev first notices Thayer Sloan at the coffee shop with her best friend. Thayer is the star basketball player at their college and Sev seems to be the only girl who doesn't know who he is. She knows his type, player. And the kind of guy she should stay aw
♥ Sarah
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The author nailed it.

I was so impressed with the story, the characters, the love triangle, and most of all, Severine. It was extremely difficult to filter my emotions, because I saw so much of myself in her. And the situations she gets herself in, her fears, insecurities, and general attitude towards boys reminded me so much of myself. Also, the dialogue completely won me over; it was witty, sarcastic, genuinely funny, natural, easy, and realistic.

And I loved how the characters were so unpredi
A. Bookzilla.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
For some reason I had really high expectations for this. I fell in love with the cover the minute I saw it and I really hoped the book is just as good.

Severine is an independent and strong young woman, but I can see how her world was turned upside down when she met the Sloan brothers. She has all these walls built up around her, and I totally blame the mother - nobody should go through their life that cut off from the world. I really liked her even if at some point I wanted to smack her on the h
Cocktails and Books
One girl. Two brothers. These types of stories never go well, but as I got further into the story the more I could sympathize with Severine over her struggle. She didn't mean to have feelings for both brother, and she's drawn to each one for different reasons. And she struggles. Over what she feels for Macsen and Thayer. The potential fallout for having any kind of relationship with either one. And is she can really handle the types of feelings the Sloan brothers drag out of her.

Severine is easy
Mar 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Okay, that's it.... I'm giving up on this one at 42%.

After reading the synopsis I thought this would be right up my street but I'm just so damn confused!!!!

I'm not sure if it's the authors style of writing or The lack of editing but I just felt that the whole story didn't flow and was sloppy. I didn't feel any chemistry with the characters, the heroine Severine, is suppose to have a strong connection with these 2 brothers who don't get along. She starts dating Mac because he's meant to be what
Nov 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I looked at the GR ratings and it says that 1 star means I did not like the book. Well there it is and I normally crave these stories.

The writing did not flow. The story could have been so good if the writing was better. The characters conversations did not flow. At times, I went to re-read a page because I thought I missed something. It was as if sentences and paragraphs were eliminated/skipped. Some of the exchanges that happened between the characters just felt weird.

I love these stories, b
Melissa Brown
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Smart and sexy, sophisticated and intriguing, Calia Read brings us into the world of Severine Blake and the fascinating Sloan Brothers. One minute, I'm under Macsen's spell, the next I'm finding myself rooting for Thayer, and then back to Macsen once again. Calia has such a fresh and distinct literary voice and has created some of the most original characters I've read so far this year! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series~
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the name SEVERINE!!! Haha

In the story, Severine is kindof feisty, determined and good looking. When she first saw the
sloan brothers when she was in a coffee shop with her friend,Lily, she knew they'd be bad news. There's just something in them that made her drawn to them. With Thayer, the older Sloan, there was an instant intense connection between them. He looks cocky and arrogant and usually girls come up to him. The lighter one,Macsen is the opposite of Thayer. He's quiet, nerdy and a
Angela Mclaurin
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
Simply phenomenal! Every Which Way was a breathtaking journey of love, heartbreak, and torment. Calia wrote with such poetic verse. The story flowed beautifully and I found myself constantly rereading passages and shaking my head, overwhelmed with how thoughtfully and carefully each word and phrase were delivered. I love a romance filled with angst, one where I go back and forth and my feelings towards characters are constantly changing. I loved Macsen, then hated him, then felt sorry for him. T ...more
Erica Alyson
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay normally when I read a book I love I try to drag it out as long as possible so it never ends. This book I couldn't do that with. No because I didn't love it (because trust me I did a lot) but because I was to captivated to put it down! Even word entranced me. I never wanted it to end. This book could have been 1000 pages and that wouldn't have been enough!

I loved Severine! She is an excellent main character. From the minute she saw the Sloan brothers Macsen and Thayer I knew she and I were
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
I'm kind of on the fence with this one. I think I'm going to have to go with 3.5 Stars. It was good, don't get me wrong. But this book was 85% drama and angst and about 15% sunshine and roses. And quite honestly it exhausted me. I was always Team Thayer from the get-go but sweet baby Jesus it took Severine a long time to get there. Which really made no sense to me because my impression was that she was only with Mascen because he was the "safe" choice even though her immediate attraction was to ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow....Hot Brothers Alert. Thayer and his brother, Macsen are totally dysfunctional college roommates. They spy Severine at a coffee shop one day and Wham Bam....oh which one to choose? Severine is a smart ass, confident, sassy gal. As it happens, Thayer is the male version of her. Macsen is quiet, angry, sullen, sexy. yep. She goes for sullen because believe it or it she thinks he is a safer choice than Thayer. Much fireworks ensues. Is Macsen an asshole or just had a messed up childhood? Thaye ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sloan brothers are hot! I couldn't put it down.... it's funny, it's heartbreaking, it makes you feel for all characters... I love the bonds of friendship... I love it all.... not loving the end part cause it left so many questions, but looking forward to reading the next one that might answer them... hoping to see more of Thayer and Severine... though I see synopsis of the next one is about Emilia.. so I am a bit hesitant to continue... but because I want answers I will....
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed-blend
Love this love-triangle story! Very similar feel to Beautiful Disaster. It ended in a cliffhanger and I can't wait to read the next one!!!
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
After finishing THE SURVIVING TRACE, all I did was immerse myself in all things Calia Read. I stalked her social media sites and then immediately started this book. I love finding a new to me author. Don’t you?

EVERY WHICH WAY had my mind and heart going every which way. Just when I thought I loved one Sloan brother more than the other something would happen and get me all mixed up and turned around. I am not lying when I say I had a hard time picking a team and sticking to it. Well until the las
*The Angry Reader*
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I loved this story! But that writing...jinkies.

Severine meets brothers Macsen and Thayer at the same time. She’s drawn to both of them - one because he challenges her and the other because it’s so easy. Severine makes her choice - and there’s a fallout. The drama was really enjoyable and silly. I couldn’t put this book down.

That said - the writing sometimes felt like a teenager was running rampant with a thesaurus. Some of those words just plain old do not mean what they’re supposed to mean in
“I saw you first,” he rasped out deeply. "Remember that. I saw you first."

Can't decide if it's two or three stars... Thayer deserves all five. Lily, Anne, Chris and Ben help him achieve it. Macsen takes it down to one. So does the overdose of drama. Severine makes it very hard to decide.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm a masochist. Because really, I knew this book would represent everything I dislike in contemporary fiction even before I started reading it. Yet I decided to read it anyway. And I was ri
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