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The Only Exception

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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,439 ratings  ·  210 reviews
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Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative senator’s son, Trey Chapman.

No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published April 3rd 2013 by Beautifully Broken Books
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Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Meet Trey and Monica:

Monica is a liberal who have only two rules:
1-Never date a fraternity boy.
2-And DEFINITELY, never date a republican.

And Trey Chapman breaks both of them. Not to mention he is the son of the ultra conservative and republican governor of the state. It’s just a shame he is so damn beautiful.
But Trey has one rule too: Never say no to a challenge.
And Monica Remy it’s a challenge that he is more than willing to oblige.
So get ready because you’re going to see the sexiest and sw
Magan Vernon
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition's my own book so I get to be biased.

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**3.65 political stars**

A political minded romance based in college.

Monika is a bleeding-heart liberal who defends women rights. She is double majoring in Political Science and Women’s Studies.
The Governor’s son happens to be her neighbor and he represents everything she hates.
She transferred colleges to get a fresh start and hide her past.

Trey is the Governor’s son and has strong conservative beliefs. Not only is he her neighbor but he is in one of her classes. They are partnered in a class d
Apr 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Technically I'm still reading this. I'm about half way through it, but I feel like I needed to vent somewhere, and that just happens to be HERE. Alright so, for the most part I guess the story isn't that bad. Monica is a fierce liberal (we never could forget that she's a liberal, it's mentioned like every other page) and she has transferred to Central College her sophmore year for a fresh start. Of course the day she moves into her new apartment, she meets Trey, the governor's son. Which we cou ...more
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 Stars

*SPOILERS* Please don't read if you don't want to be spoiled!

I was really looking forward to reading this book. I consider myself a liberal and a feminist. So reading that Monica was fiercely liberal with an outspoken personality and Trey came from a conservative Republican family, I thought this book would be really entertaining. But it also dealt with serious matters – contraception, morning after pill, date rape, cover-ups from fraternities, how female “friends” sometimes treat the s
Leigh Moore
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Only Exception is sexy and challenging and emotional, and FUN to read!

I enjoyed the banter between super-liberal Monica and super-conservative Trey (who is super sexy in a suit!), and watching these two struggle with their beliefs while fighting their chemistry keeps the pages turning.

Coming off a nasty election season, you'd think, NO WAY for a political book... This is NOT a book about elections.

It's a sexy story about a relationship that happens to clash over vastly different politics.
Rating: 4 out of 5.

This new-adult novel is beautifully different from other NA’s out there. A republican and a conservative, Trey has grown up believing and supporting his father’s strong conservative views. Monica had a bad brush with Trey’s father’s (the governor’s) anti-emergency contraception laws. However these two are thrown together at every instance, from living in the same building to being enrolled in the same course: Political Science. Not to mention how the hero is sweetly and unrele
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would give it more stars if I could
Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the ultra, Republican, liberal, tight ass conservative governor’s son, Trey Chapman. This is such a perfect set up to start the book off. The BEST couple I have read about in a while.When you read this book please know that it will make you smart! I learned a few t
I had serious problems with this book.

First, let me say that I was hopeful. Monica is labeled as a “fiercely liberal” college student with a hidden past. She’s got tattoos and piercings and the whole lot. I was hopeful that it would be a nice little story that wraps up neatly and didn’t leave me with a lot of questions. And, at least in that respect, it was solid. But that was the only thing I didn’t have problems with.

Trey is an egotistical asshole who doesn’t understand the word ‘no’.

So let’s
Megan (The Book Babe)
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I was really expecting to like this one. Which is why I was sorely disappointed by it. I guess I expected it to be more forbidden love, less I loved you as soon as I set sight on you. Don't get me wrong, that has it's place in the world of literature too, but I expected more from this.

Monica and Trey didn't make much of an impression on me. They weren't very well developed, and I just didn't feel the "chemistry
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stars: 4

Overall: Monica is starting at a new college called Central because something really bad happened at her old one. On the first day moving in, she meets the senator's son and even though she has butterflies in her stomach, she blows him off. After her new roommate gets busted for smoking pot and they get assigned a project in class to do together, do they start to get to know each other on more of a personal level. At first Monica pushes Trey away because she believes him to be an up tigh
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2013


I love politics and I love new adult... It'll be amaaaaazing.


People who follow my reviews know one thing for sure. I'm a sucker for new adult books especially the ones with love/hate relationships . The more sparks and conflicts the better for me! I adore stubborn characters, so when I read about arguing which leads to chemistry and make out sessions I want to squee in joy. I guess, I'm just weird like that ;)
That's why The only exception got 5 stars fro
Manon the Malicious
I just don’t understand how conservative/liberal relationships are supposed to work? Like we don’t see the world the same way, I can’t even be friends with conservative people, why would you date one?
He really got me. He tried to make me a better person even when I was reluctant. He really was my exception to every rule. - Monica Remy

How I pictured Trey ;)

I got this earc from Magan Vernon in exchange for an honest review .

4.5 stars

Okay so when I heard about this book coming out a couple of months ago, I was pretty excited. This new adult genre has lately been really appealing to me and it's always fun to see the different kinds of stories authors can contribute to it. Between the awesome c
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**ARC provided by author for an honest review**

4.5 stars
What Trey looks like in my head, just with more boyish charm

First I have to declare from the top of my lungs that I LOVED this book but anyway on the review.

Anytime I read a book my an author that is new to me I go in with little expectations and this being the first book I read by Magan, I started this book hoping that I would like it but thinking I wouldn't. Boy did I like it and more. This book st
Chelsea Cameron
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Political. Passionate. Perfect.
The Only Exception is one of those books that you read and spend days afterward thinking back to. It's the first New Adult book I've read with a political undertone, and as a person who treats election season like the Superbowl, it was so refreshing to read.
I loved the dynamic between Monica and Trey. There's nothing sexier than two smart people using those smarts to debate each other. Plus they have SERIOUS chemistry.
One of the other things I loved was the twists
Apr 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
My first mistake was reading the blurb on the blog I saw this on without checking GR. The second one, I guess, is trying to read this novel.

I realized my first mistake (and the second one too) on the first page when I realized the heroine was 19 top. But I'm stubborn. I could admit one mistake, but two it's one too many (yes, pride is a sin, I know). So I decided to keep reading (third mistake I guess).

I read more or less 45% of the story before I finally gave up. A swarmy, creepy hero who doesn
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this is what NA is all about!
I loved Monica and LOVED Trey. Come on, a guy in a suit? *swoon*
Fun, sweet, hot, emotional. You don't want to miss this one!

Note: though it has politics is important to the story line, it's not only about politics and elections and such. Trust me - I hate politics, but, while reading this book, I even cared about it a little ;)
Jul 16, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
This might have been a great read in another time, but in this current political climate, I’m going to have to pass on a romance with a conservative hero.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Only Exception was a deep, and meaningful story with a message about love, survival, and facing your fears head on! Initially, I was drawn to this story because of the sexy book cover, and the storyline sounded like a fun, and unique concept, different from anything I've read in the New Adult Contemporary Romance Genre. Monica Remy is a fierce liberal who is passionate about her politics. She comes from a middle-class background, and was in a Sorority. She went to a frat party, and got victi ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastic-covers, arc
First of all, thank you to the author for providing me with this ARC via the New Adult Book Club on Goodreads, THANK YOU!

I requested an ARC of this book to read and review because:

1. I was drawn to the cover - it is so gorgeous! And I am a sucker for pretty covers!

2. I really liked the synopsis .. even though I couldn't care less about politics :-P - But I figured the book wouldn't be about politics as such but more about two people who didn't see eye to eye on things but somehow made a relation
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, blog-tours
"He kissed me with a fire like no other, as if he were afraid breaking the kiss would break us."

I loved this book! I knew that I was going to love it as soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis! Everything about it was amazing and it the plot was definitely one of a kind! I have never read anything like this plot before so I was intrigued to find out more and learn something from it and that is exactly what happened! I learned more about American politics which was pretty amazing as we actu
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was an awesome read! When I first read the book description, I was hooked, because I was genuinely interested in the political aspect, and it did tie in really well, to the overall story. Now, I gotta say, that I relate to Monica in some ways, including some of her liberal views but... if there was a Trey Chapman, living next door to me or if we met in class, or wherever, I think I would definitely make an 'exception.' But anyway, Monica at first, will not fall for Trey, because ultima ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, new-adult, arc
ARC copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Review is publish also on my blog Ellie Reads Fiction

This is not your typical college love story. It is a nice reversal of the good girl and bad boy coming together. Here we have the more experienced, liberal Monica (scarred by a physical and emotional trauma) starting a relationship with the picture-perfect conservative governor's son, Trey.

The story started somewhat slow for me. There was too much politics involved at the begin
Beckie Stevenson
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Magan Vernon.

Okay…where to start??

First of all, I have to say that I’m not big into politics. I probably should be, but it bores me to death. However, this book did not bore me and it’s not all about politics. Of course there’s an element of it in there but it did not overpower me or make me feel like I was being preached to. So, if you’re not big into politics don’t let the fact that this book has a polit
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
*I received an ARC of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.*

The Only Exception tells the story of Monica and Trey, two political science majors with very different outlooks on life and politics. Their relationship puts an interesting spin on the "opposites attract" theme.

When I started reading this book, I wasn't initially sold on the relationship between Monica and Trey. Even as their relationship progressed, I felt that there was so much emphasis on their differences (an
Apr 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult

Um, so, yeah. I don't know what just happened. Usually when I finish a book in mere hours it would mean that I'm totally hooked and just read til I drop, but in this case, I end up skimming half-way through the end. I honestly thought the idea of the book was awesome and it's something I really wanted to read albeit it being an NA. The girl being fierce and a guy who stands to his own opinion, both their worlds met and clashed. But I'm sorry to say this, I was really bored.

The writing was loose
Brenda Rothert
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved The Only Exception. It's a fresh NA read that's different from so many of the rest. Trey's not a jerk, but there is still tension between him and Monica. Their differing political views make for a lot of good conversations between them. But Trey's not all talk -- there's also plenty of heat! The balance of lightness and depth in this book is perfect. I recommend it to anyone who likes NA. ...more
Jenny Levine
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite reads this year :)
I'm surprised a lot of my friends haven't read/added this one.
So, you guys better READ THIS!!!

It's fun and sexy, and I just love it!

Full review to come (when I'm not being lazy anymore)
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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