Publication Date: October 21st, 2011
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
I have a confession to make. I uploaded Kindle on PC at work because of this book. I wasn’t going to, I swear! But I kept reading some glowing reviews that I just had to check it out myself. As soon as I got to the first two pages, I pretty much kissed productivity goodbye. I’m awful, I know! I have to uninstall this program before the IT gets wind of it. Can you imagine how much trouble I’m going to be in? I shudder to think.
This is quite possibly one of my favourite contemporary lit of the year. It was so addicting that I barely noticed the time passing. Before I knew it, a work day had passed and 8.5 hours were spent…well, not working.
Meet Ashton, Sawyer and Beau – best of friends since they were kids. Growing up, Ashton and Beau were the quintessential trouble makers and Sawyer was the one who’d had to constantly bail them out of trouble. They were inseparable until Ashton and Sawyer became an item, forcing Beau to the sidelines. Ashton changed dramatically from the wild child to the prototypical preacher’s daughter just to keep the perfect veneer that everyone expected from her. They eventually grew apart, to the point that Beau didn’t even know who Ashton was anymore. Heck, some days, Ashton didn’t even know Ashton anymore. But deep inside, Beau knows that the real Ashton he loved from afar and for so long was still hanging around her goody-two-shoes persona, bursting to come alive. All he had to do was help her realize that perfection is as fabled as unicorns.
I’m a sucker for bad boys, and man Beau played this character to a T. He’s mischief and swagger and compassion all rolled into one frustrated hot mess. Unlike every other bad boy characters I’ve read as of late, he didn’t make me want to yank my hair out in utter aggravation. He didn’t go out of his way to be a jerk to Ash. In fact, I actually loved the way he needled her to bring out her true personality.
I think this is the FIRST ever love triangle that I could honestly say I truly enjoyed reading. I’ve figured it out that the annoyance usually come from a character whose feelings waffle between the other two sides. It drives me up the wall! But here, Ash’s reluctance to be with Beau stemmed from the fact that she would be the reason for the possible wedge between Beau and Sawyer. I thought her selflessness was commendable. She was willing to valiantly walk out of the boys’ lives for their sakes.
The romance between Beau and Ash was sizzling hot; so hot that I’m not quite sure if this fits the YA tag. But I’m not the tag police so I couldn’t really care less. Just a heads up though, there was a word that was used that I don’t really think is suitable for the YA audience. I won’t even mention it. And please don’t think that I’m conservative. I’m far from it. Heck, I don’t even know if this book is being marketed as YA, so maybe this little reminder is moot.
Anyway, I really love this book. The writing was fresh and straightforward. I couldn’t ask for a better book to risk getting in a whole slew of trouble at work.
So why the four star rating? There were some minor…very, very, very minor editing miscues (bare instead of bear, and since instead of sense). I have a Kindle copy so maybe the paperback copy will be different.