“Yeah,” Riley sighs. “It’s the same everywhere. Most of the guys I’ve met just want to hook up.”
“I think I’d marry the first guy who hit on me in the bookstore.”
* Just a warning about this review because it got very ranty.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I didn't really like this book. This probably relates to my expectations being SO high because I enjoyed the first book in this series so much. I was hoping this one was going to be even better, but it just didn't live up to my expectations.
I'll start off with what I disliked about this book (in list form):
- Coach whats-his-face. What a petty and sad old man. If screaming and demanding is how he "trains" this team, then I'm scared for all the people that think this is normal. In my opinion, treating people with respect earns you their respect and consequently makes them work harder. I'm not a fan of american football, so I can't really say if this is considered 'normal' or not. I just don't agree with it. Also, instead of getting mad at Ace, why didn't he say something to his daughter, because when two people don't want it, it simply doesn't happen.
- Ace. I was close to pulling my hair out over Ace's inconsiderateness and overall jackassery. I don't understand why in his mind everything he was doing to Lucy was OK and that it wouldn't have consequences. I understand he's had a rough childhood, but that doesn't excuse his actions in my book.
Now that I've gotten that off my shoulders, I'll tell you what I liked about this book.
I really liked Matty and I wasn't expecting to. I barely remember him from the first book, but it was a nice surprise (even though I wanted a Jack or Ty book). I enjoyed how he wooed her in the beginning and the pacing of it all was steady.
Being in Lucy's mind was scary at times because she overanalyzed everything. Most times it was interesting, but by the end it was getting tiresome. I did like her as a whole and I felt she and Matty had very good chemistry.
Overall, I am looking forward to the next book in this series. My dislike of those characters made it so I didn't enjoy this book. I will say the writing and the pacing of the story as a whole was good. Though I do hope that the next book in this series ISN'T Ace's book because it'll make me think twice about picking it up or not. I'm still hoping for Jack or Ty's book.
My Favorite Quotes:
"I'd much rather be one of the happy, oblivious sheep than the stressed-out shepard who has to guide them."
"The odds are in my favor. Risky behavior is labeled risky because there's a chance someone is going to get hurt. There's nothing negative with wanting to avoid being hurt or injuring someone you care about."
"There is a difference between being cautious and being cowardly."
I didn't go into this book expecting to love it and binge read it until 3 AM, but that's exactly what happened and it's worth feeling like a zombie for the next 12 hours. I loved how this was written and the character interactions seemed very genuine and realistic. This is the first book I've read by this author and I can safely say I've been missing out.
I liked Ellie and her protective nature. Coming from an unloving home has made her put up walls to keep most people out. I'm happy to say that Knox was the exception (as cheesy as that may sound). She was very protective of Jack (her brother) and almost jeopardized their future at one point. I'm glad everything worked out in the end, though I got the feeling that not everyone was happy about it all.
Knox was amazing. He could be an 'alpha male', but also had a sweet and easy going side to him that made him that much more enticing. I did find the 'experiment' he did (and continued to do throughout the book) a bit childish, but I do understand the reasoning behind it all and that certain situations have happened and in his mind it's better safe than sorry.
Ellie and Knox's story ends on a happily ever after in this novel. I can't help but want to know more about Ty and Ellie's brother Jack. I want more books in this series!
My Favorite Quotes:
"Welcome to disappointment. It's character building."
"On the scale of one to negative one thousand, the desire to answer the phone lies somewhere below hell."
"I started my life the day I met you. Everything before then was practice."