Series: The Vincent Boys #1
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Simone Pulse
Reading Level: New Adult (16+)
Pages: 259 (Paperback)
Get seduced by a sizzling account of attraction and betrayal in this previously self-published phenomenon. There was something wicked about Beau that drew me to him. What was wrong with me? Why did I want to sin so badly?
Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.
Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.
Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist...
You know that you truly love a book when you stay up late into the night to finish it and still somehow manage to devour it in 2 hours. That was my experience with this book. Words cannot describe my love for this book and I believe it’s safe to say that Glines is becoming a favorite author of mine. I quickly rushed to buy book two and put several of her other novels on my wishlist. Her ability to tell an amazing and steamy romance with a lot of emotional depth is truly addicting.
This isn’t your classic friendship turned romance story. This is so much more and it’s incredibly complex. Ashton, Beau, and Sawyer grew up together--three inseparable amigos. However, it was Ashton and Beau who often went off on their own to do crazy things and Sawyer, the golden child, was always the one to bail them out of the trouble that inevitably ensued. It was Ashton and Beau with the wild streaks in them and Sawyer who walked the straight and narrow. However, that all changed when Sawyer asked Ashton out. She felt pressured to live up to the image of perfection that dating the town's Golden Boy expected. She gave up her wild streak, her hidden bad desires, and her old ways to become the proper preacher’s daughter who was conscious of how she dressed, what she said, and how others viewed her so she would not reflect negatively on Sawyer or Sawyer’s amazingly rich family. However, this meant that she would have to leave behind Beau and his bad ways. She gave up the town’s bad boy to be with the town’s golden boy.
Though both are related and have the same Vincent blood running through their veins, they couldn’t be any more different. Fast forward three years and Beau is known for his sexual prowess and dreamy body with numerous hidden tattoos. His girlfriend, Nicole, physically attaches herself to him whenever she gets the chance and he never denies her such pleasantries. Alcohol is his best friend and he constantly fuels the negative rumors swirling about him by lashing out. He grew up in a trailer park with a mother who is known for sleeping around as well. He’s served beer at bars, he parties, and he has a lot of women willing to wait on him hand and foot. He makes his money by mowing lawns and helping out with landscaping in the summer. He is the star receiver (that is often almost kicked off of the team) to Sawyer’s angelic quarterback. To put it simply, he is everything that Sawyer is not. He’s bad to the bone and lacks the southern charm that makes Sawyer loved by all. Clearly, the plethora of emotions and characteristics among the three main characters is large and different.
However, when Sawyer leaves to spend the Summer hiking with his family, Ashton quickly finds solace in Beau’s embrace because she’s desperate for the familiarity and comfort of the past. She quickly grows close to Beau with the sudden passing of one of her relatives and their childhood comes back to life between the two. See, with Beau, Ashton can be real instead of pretending to be somebody she’s not the way she does with Sawyer. She discovered the true fiery passion and yearning that is part of being in love instead of the familiarity and routine that she fell into with Sawyer. What she felt for the two different Vincent boys was love, but they were completely different. Thus, I really enjoyed this novel because it explored, in great depth, the different kinds of love and what first love should truly feel like. In the process it took us on an emotional roller coaster and gave me a high that I never wanted to come down from. This book was so addicting I wanted to restart it the second I turned the last page.
And that’s saying something because I truly hate novels that glorify cheating. I don’t condone cheating in relationships at all, but I believe this bond was one that could not be ignored. Glines managed to tell such an amazing story that led to true perfection that the cheating in this case seemed almost necessary. In fact, I was almost encouraging Ashton to follow through on her feelings for Beau quicker than she actually did. The responses that he awakened in her were that of true chemistry. And it all stemmed from Sawyer’s ideals hindering their relationship. They were together for three years and never did anything more than kiss. See, Sawyer loved her so much that he couldn’t bear the thought of her losing her virginity in the back of a pick-up truck before marriage (going back to southern ideologies again). He wanted everything to be perfect. And with his quest, he pushed Ashton away. He wouldn’t let her indulge any of the natural desires that she stamped out in order to appear perfect for him. She couldn’t even wear a bikini in front of many people for fear of showing off for him. While he loved her, he changed her and expected too much from her. All she wanted was to be shown how much she was loved and making her leave part of herself behind is not the proper way to do so. It comes as no surprise to me that she ended up with Beau because of this because she realized he truly accepted her for who she was instead of someone she wasn’t the way Sawyer did.
All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone. However, I strongly caution that this is for those at least sixteen years or older because it is a true new adult novel. There's many sexual instances, crude remarks, and there's a lot of cussing coupled with the occasional field party. It is for a mature audience. But any member who fits into the mature audience should get their hands on this book right now. It's absolutely delicious and complex with two boys who are easy to fall in love with for different reasons. But Ashton can only have one.