A New Adult novel with nothing "new" to provide.
When I say it has nothing new, I mean the book is trite.
Keegan, 20 years old, in college. She had a hard life growing up with a single Mother. She had to grow up even more when said Mother got herself pregnant. Keegan almost takes care of her sister Sarah (adorable BTW) like a Mom. She is tired of this life, she want’s her Mom to step up, mature and be there for her sister, in a way she wasn’t for her. She finally decides, after a very funny conversation with her best friend Macie, to look for a roommate so she could live her life, on her own. She finds a roommate alright, a tall, handsome, broody roommate.
Camden lives alone. He is looking for a roommate…Why? I have no clue whatsoever because the author failed to explain why he wanted someone to live with him in the first place. To share some expenses, maybe. The later comes to mind because he is requesting a lot less rent than others. He owns/manages a gym (yep, the guy is like the epitome of fit), he is broody, controlling, bossy, possessive, overbearing but also, protective and sweet when he wants to. He comes from a good and stable family and has 3 brothers (all hot, of course).
Did I say the book is trite..? so far the same formula right?
Cam meets Keegan and the first thing she hears him say is “the chubby one”. Keegan has self-esteem issues, she feels overweight (she is a size 10, which is not overweight in my book). She keeps comparing herself to her “perfect” friend.. As always, the heroine has a crazy-whorish-bubbly-daring-caring-pretty-hot best friend who keeps daring her to do things, to go the extra mile, etc. As always our heroine thinks shit of herself and keeps doubting her decisions and actions throughout the book. Is this trite enough?
I liked the beginning of the book, it looked promising even if clichéd but, I just couldn’t warm up enough to Keegan; she was sweet but very immature and impulsive. Camden had to put up with a lot of shit from her and if I would have been him, I would have dumped her ass. I really hate a TSTL heroine, especially when such girl overreacts, jumps to conclusions without getting facts, etc… it was just too much.
I also couldn’t get the controlling/kinky side of Cam.. I mean don’t get me wrong, it was hot and all that but.. where did it come from? I just couldn’t put two and two together. OH and BAD POINTS on safe sex… condoms missing from the first encounter to the last… not a word spoken about birth control and STD’s….I understand this is not mandatory in a book, but having read so many lately I know it is a recurrent theme and, us readers expect authors to address the issue on the books since they are “contemporary” and the positive guidance and responsibility should be mentioned….. at least to be safe and please all of us.
I also didn’t get the whole Macie and Dodger thing… you’ll see if you read the book… I just cannot fathom a girl getting angry with a guy she is starting to date seriously when he refuses to f**k her right away.. IT IS CALLED RESPECT and waiting should not be an issue, on the contrary it should be something to cherish from a partner… so points deducted Macie….
The story was “good enough” that picked my interest and I finished with a smile… it has a sweet undercurrent and the brothers are just adorable. I will read the next one, definitely; I am intrigued with the rest of the brothers….