Series: The Vincent Boys #2
By: Abbi Glines
Published on August 21st 2012
Published by Simon Pulse
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance
Fifty Shades of Grey meets Jenny Han’s Summer series in this sequel to The Vincent Boys, where hot romance is the cure for heartbreak. 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 have to be honest, it took me awhile to connect with the this book. Since I really liked the story of Ashton and Beau, thus it really bothers me that in this book, both Ashton and Beau were coming off as spoiled, nauseous, self-centered, and self-absorbed. I just think it may be possible to not belittle Ashton and Beau, and still make a good story of Lana and Sawyer works.
Sawyer has always thought Ashton was the one for him, however he never felt sexually attracted toward Ashton like he was with Lana. I found that rather odd, Ashton and Sawyer were together for three years, and Sawyer never wanted more than kissing Ashton, but he intended to eventually marry Ashton anyway.
When Lana transferred herself for the purpose of catching Sawyer’s attention, she became this sexy kitten on a mission. Sawyer saw her alright, but old hobbies die hard, Sawyer was found it hard to not still care for Ashton. For one thing, Ashton was one of his best friends that he grew up.
Lana has always been the second choice or lower from anyone in her life. When she found out Ashton and Sawyer has broken up, she knew she had to at least to try to see if Sawyer and hers are a possibility. But what she didn’t realized was that even though Sawyer and Ashton are no longer an item, Sawyer still care very much about Ashton very much. I thought Lana was bitter from time to time about Ashton, and to Lana, Sawyer is the perfect Vincent boy. She couldn’t understand how could Ashton chooses Beau over Sawyer (I am referring to that letter she wrote). Then I have to stop myself from criticizing Lana’s character too much, after all, Sawyer is Lana’s childhood crush and her first love. In her eyes, Sawyer can do no wrong, and she doesn’t care much about what Ashton feels about Beau, to her Sawyer should always be anyone’s first choice (rolling my eyes). Until he kept messing up and choose someone else over her of course.
Sawyer lusted after Lana, and felt possessive over Lana. Something he couldn’t quite understand himself, since he thought he was in love with Ashton. The story has gotten more interesting when Sawyer repentantly chooses Ashton over Lana, which pushed Lana further and further away. I like that Sawyer didn’t automatic accept he was falling for Lana, and he understood he still had feelings for Ashton, but could not deny the differences between Ashton and Lana to him. Relationships shouldn’t be a straight line, and in the end Sawyer did figure out that what begin as lust have transferred into something more.
I didn’t quite like this book as much as I like the first Vincent boy book, to me this was an okay story. But in the end, both brothers received their happy ending, so I thought this was a good closure for The Vincent Boys.