★ ★ ★
First, off I thought the cover was unique. It drew my interest in this book. As well, the blurb intrigued me.
Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like this book, I didn’t. I hate writing reviews for books that didn’t work for me, because there is a fine line between constructive criticism and cruelty and I never want to be cruel.
This is about Alexis White, who comes from an abusive family and is now in law school. She has abandonment issues and has sworn off relationships.
While at school she has meaningless, one-night-stands that sometimes create issues when men think they can take advantage of her whenever they want. Coming to her rescue, Luc, a handsome Frenchman, keeps a potentially devastating situation from occurring. After seven years of avoiding relationships, Alexis can’t resist Luc’s persistence and falls for his charms. That is until her first and only love, Dylan suddenly shows on her mother’s front porch where she is sitting…
OK, where this book went wrong for me:
I never connected with the characters, never felt their pain or understood why they did the things they did. For instance; it struck me as odd that our MC and her best friend went to undergrad as virgins, made a pact on how to deal with relationships which included meaningless hookups. This didn’t work for me. Also, Alexis had endured a traumatic childhood, took care of her younger sister and was now in law school – a strong woman right? But she kept making stupid decisions, including, ignoring warnings from the two people who meant the most to her.
The voice and tone of the book were not engaging. We are told why Alexis did the things she did; what her motivation for her meaningless hookups, drunken adventures and resistance to relationships were, rather than experiencing it and drawing our own conclusions.
I also struggled with the bouncing back and forth between past and present. It was all very confusing. I didn’t see the purpose. This back story could have been told to me in the beginning and perhaps made the book more meaningful.
There was too much over the top drama, poor communication and the situation was too cliché, until about 60% of the way through the book when a little bit of mystery was thrown in. Honestly, I think this would have added greatly to the book had it been introduced much sooner.
As I look back at other reviews, I see that I am the odd ball here. So please take all in to account – and don’t base your opinion solely on my review – before deciding on whether to read this.
NOTE: there is a HUGE CLIFFHANGER at the end of this book (apparently the next book will soon follow). I do want to know how the mystery wraps up dangit! So if you are going to read this, be aware of that ending!
WARNING: ***spoiler*** I should have known by the cover and blurb – this is a love triangle, there is cheating.
Bitter Sweet Love (Twisted Series #1) by R.C. Stephens
Publication date: January 18th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
After enduring an abusive childhood and having her heart broken by the only boy she trusts, Alexis White vows to never let anyone hurt her again. She’s left her troubled past behind and starts a new life at college. For the past seven years, her social calendar has been filled with frat parties, drinking, and meaningless sexual hook-ups. Until one night she unexpectedly gets saved by a tall, dark, and handsome French foreigner, Luc Blanchard. He’s charming, sophisticated, and very interested in Lexi, who has presented herself as a challenge when she tells him relationships aren’t her thing.
She finds herself sucked in by his own intriguing past. But everything changes when Dylan Priestley, the gorgeous boy who broke her heart and shattered her faith in friendship and love, suddenly shows up in her life again while back home on a visit. Dylan doesn’t hide his feelings for Lexi, but she can’t forgive or forget being betrayed by the one person she ever truly loved.
Despite the pain Dylan’s caused her, Lexi is once again drawn to the blue-eyed-boy-next-door. Will Lexi choose the man who seems perfect but hides a dark side or the boy who smashed her heart into pieces so many years ago?