Individual Rating: 2.2/5
I was given an advanced readers copy by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
And when I turned around, I expected to see my annoying little sisters but was instead greeted by a familiar face. In the threshold stood Parker Brady with a devious smirk on his face and the looks of a god.
Samantha Valentine’s life turns upside down when she finds out her family is returning to her old town, Scottsdale. It took her a while to make the city her home, and now all of that is for naught, as she has to learn to settle in a quiet town again.
Parker Brady is perfectly happy to make a mess of his life after his best friend, Samantha, left him. He felt betrayed by his most trusted friend, and now he doesn’t care about anyone anymore. The only thing that matters to him is getting girls.
The two are not so thrilled when they meet after years of being away. Old grudges resurface from the past.
Will Samantha and Parker restore their broken friendship? Or will something else rise from its ruins?
Honestly, I didn’t care for this book. It was way too short. I tried so hard to be into it, and it just wouldn’t do it for me. I did finish it quickly (only took me about two hours), but I didn’t feel that the plot or characters were developed enough. I didn’t like Samantha at all. She was very whiney and complained about too much, while still putting on a front and trying to act like a badass.
The entire time I was reading, I couldn’t connect to any of the characters. I couldn’t connect to Samantha, Trevor, Erica, Hailey, Parker… anyone! I didn’t find the chemistry between any of the couples realistic, and I couldn’t take any of the kissing scenes seriously. Usually, when I read, I am anticipating that kiss all the way up until I read it, and when I do it’s a breath of fresh air. With this book, I almost skimmed past it completely because it was so underwhelming.
I didn’t feel that the plot was realistic at all. She moves back to Scottsdale, and a few months later ALL of her friends are there from Manhattan because of some weird ‘school drama’ states away? Yeah, right. The kids are able to do whatever the hell they want, and none of them have any adult supervision. They all seem to be weirdly rich, as well. There was no real struggle in this book, and at the end I just laughed. Supposedly, the last chapter was two weeks after the events that happened, but it was all wrapped up in a nice little bow that everyone found love within the two weeks. Really? NO.
All in all, I unfortunately wouldn’t recommend this book. I wasn’t interested in it at all, and I felt that there was no real connection between any of the characters, and the plot was way too underdeveloped. I most likely will not be continuing with this series. I really enjoyed the idea of it, I just wish it had been executed a little bit better.
Release Date: January 31st, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
Author: Desirae Clark
Synopsis: Net Galley