Series: The Vincent Boys #2
Publication Date: Simon Pulse
Publisher: June 1, 2012
Reading Level: New Adult (16+)
Pages: 245 (eBook)
Hot romance is the cure for heartbreak in this sequel to The Vincent Boys.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. . . .
I absolutely loved THE VINCENT BOYS, so when I saw that this e-book went on sale a mere two days after I read THE VINCENT BOYS, I knew I had to buy it. I read it immediately because, to put it simply, Abbi Glines is an amazing author who knows how to captivate you starting with the very first word on the very first page all the way to the end. I was really excited to see Sawyer’s story after watching the heartbreak that he had to experience in order for Ashton and Beau to be together.
This book picks up six months later and let me tell you, his heart is still breaking. He hasn’t been able to get over Ashton and it’s driving him mad. But then, the summer before he goes off to college, Ashton’s cousin Lana visits and he realizes that he just may be able to get over the girl who broke his heart in two with her own cousin. However, this is what really bugged me about this book. The very beginning is Lana explaining how she underwent this huge makeover in order to grab Sawyer’s attention because she’s been in love with him ever since she was young despite the fact that he was dating her cousin. She bought new clothes that exposed her legs and her cleavage, she re-dyed her hair to be a sultry redhead instead of her natural red hair, and she went to the mall to learn how to properly do her make-up to cover up the freckles that she hates so much. She changed who she was to attract Sawyer, and it worked. Sawyer never noticed her until all of these physical traits were changed. And this bothers me so much because I felt like Glines was glorifying the fact that you have to change the way you look to make a man notice you. This is the wrong message to send to people. As a new adult book, 16 year olds and even girls younger could be reading this and they should not be sent this message.
However, with that aside, I also really enjoyed this book simply because it was real. A huge problem I have with young adult books these days is insta-love--the concept that two characters can be in love immediately upon seeing each other for the first time. It bothers me because it’s so unrealistic. Face it, you first notice someone’s body and then you get to know them. It’s how teenagers operate these days. And Sawyer and Lana’s relationship started with him being in lust with her and it slowly developed into him being in love with her. It was annoyingly realistic and I applaud Glines for doing this. Some people may not like the crude references in regards to his lust for her, but it’s how teenagers operate these days.
Sawyer changed a lot in this one, too. So much so that a lot of the characters commented on it. Gone was the good little Southern boy that we loved in the previous book to be replaced by someone almost similar to Beau. While he did not have the past that Beau had, Sawyer began getting drunk, speaking about sexual innuendos, and openly hitting on the girl he was interested in as well as participating in public displays of affection. His southern charm was still underlying the new man that he became because of the tension in his romantic life, but Sawyer’s evolved. He lost his first girl because he wasn’t willing to let her lose her virginity in the back of a pick-up truck, but he got his new girl because he realized that a girl just needs to be showed that she’s loved. A relationship can’t progress unless you act on attraction or the girl will feel as if you don’t want her because you’re not attracted to her.
Well put it this way, the separate personalities of Beau and Sawyer combined to create two boys who both have a bad side, but are the type of boys to propose to their high school sweethearts and spend their lives with such women.
I recommend this book to anyone who loved the previous novel in this series. It’s necessary to read book one before book two and watching Sawyer’s evolution between the two books will make it all the more interesting. This series, hands down, exemplifies how Glines is a forced to be reckoned with in the new adult literary scene.
As a warning, this book contains sexual situations though there is no outright sex, underage drinking, and cussing. This is not meant for younger kids. As a new adult novel, I’d say that this book is best for those that are sixteen years or older.