The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

Publication Date: December 11th, 2012
Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY

Getting a boy to fall head-over-heels in love with you isn’t easy. Especially when he’s been in love with your cousin for as long as you can remember.

Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only boy Lana’s ever wanted—wrapped around her finger. But now things are different. Lana has a chance to make Sawyer see her, and she’s taking it. If only he’d get over Ashton—because Lana is sick of second-best.

Sawyer’s heart is broken. He’s lost his best girl to his best friend. And then Lana comes to town. Ashton’s cousin has always been sweet and soft-spoken, but now she’s drop-dead gorgeous as well. Sawyer doesn’t know if Lana can heal his broken heart, but spending time with her might at least make Ashton jealous.

What starts as a carefree fling becomes a lusty game of seduction. Sawyer and Lana may have different motives, but their scintillating hookups are the same kind of steamy. . . .

Truth be told, I have the Kindle copy of this book when it was still a self-pubbed gem. I just put off reading it just because I wasn’t too keen on Sawyer to begin with. Yesterday, on my bookstore jaunt, I saw this new cover and couldn’t resist the hotness. It took me a little over four hours to finish. I wish there are more books like these – the kind that had me so hooked it literally kept me reading until one in the morning.

The last time we saw Sawyer, he’s broken up about Ash favouring Beau over him. Well, this book pretty much started in the same way. I guess you can’t blame the guy; after all, he’s never loved another girl as he did Ash. He was hurting in ways like a broken-hearted person would: lonely, angry, completely out of sync. In fact, a lot of people noticed the change in him. He wasn’t the polite, gentle Sawyer that everyone knew. In as little as six months, Sawyer turned into a version of his brother Beau before he got together with Ash. A part of him wants to get over the anger and the betrayal that he felt every time he sees them together. But when they’re constantly touching, kissing, and being overall sickeningly sweet couple, Sawyer can’t help but gnash his teeth together and resist the need to pound Beau into the ground. Somewhere deep inside him, he’d have to find a way to accept that Ash is no longer his or he would risk losing the two people he loves the most. For the mean time, the appearance of Lana would be a welcome distraction. He just never expected she would turn his world upside down in more ways than one.

Lana’s infatuation with Sawyer finally reached new heights. She’s transformed herself into a vixen just to get his attention. She was successful for the most part but she’s not naive enough to think that first love dies a shuddering death just because one of the parties involved moved on. Before the end of the summer she proclaimed, the summer she’ll finally get the one Vincent boy that matters, Lana will learn something valuable about herself: being a second choice sucks and she deserves to be someone’s priority.

I love this Sawyer; the one in the first book was a bit of a wet blanket and too nice for me to care about. But boy, did he do a 180 in this book. The changes was such a relief and truthfully it’s what kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning.

The chemistry was undeniable and inherent. Even though I felt that Lana forgave Sawyer too easily at times, I really loved their pairing. She gave as much as she got. The conflict in their story was realistic with a resolution that happened in slow, timely trickle.

Once again, Abbi Glines proved to be a master storyteller in the Romance genre. I’m hoping she’ll tackle Adult fiction next because I can’t imagine how steamy those would be. She has this uncanny ability to write the most addicting story lines and characters we can’t help but fall in love with. I swear, her stories get better every single time and she’s proving to be one of the pioneers in this New Adult sub genre. So Ms. Glines, keep oiling those gears in your head and crank those stories for us, will ya? 🙂