Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
(My actual rating is 2.5 stars, but I’m rounding it up to 3 because I’m a top class citizen)
A bit like when someone in a club gives you the eyes, some books just give you the vibes, you know? Those positive vibes, and you just know you’re gonna love it?
This was one of those books for me, and…it was a bit underwhelming, to be honest. The first few pages were good, I thought I was onto a winner, but then as soon as the love interest, Kaisen, was introduced, I started to have my doubts. The cheesiness started creeping in, and I had a few eye rolls here and there, but it wasn’t so terrible that it made me start skim reading.
I didn’t really like Hadlee, the main character. She was pretty rude sometimes, and it wasn’t really necessary (like when Kaisen introduces himself, Hadlee says “What kind of name is that?” She actually does this twice; later on in the book, she asks Kaisen the exact same question when he tells her that his car is named Martha – which happened to be his late mother’s name – and it’s like, okay Hadlee, but your name isn’t exactly run of the mill, either. Tone down your judgement). She just really irritated me.
I did think I was going to love Kaisen, but he felt a bit flat to me. When he initially meets Hadlee, I thought that I was going to have another swoon-worthy boy to go on my Goodreads shelf, but no such luck. Their relationship seemed very rushed; Hadlee went from hating Kaisen for no apparent reason, to practically begging him for sex in no time.
I would also like for a couple in a YA/NA romance to, like, maybe speak to each other? Explain things? Talk their problems out instead of just running away and not returning their calls?
Tall order, I know, but maybe just once?
Despite my not-quite-glowing review, I can actually see this book would working for some people. The writing isn’t bad, I found it to be a little bit cheesy at times, but it wasn’t bad. The main things that let this book down for me were the characters and their relationships – they all just felt underdeveloped and flat.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*