I don't think I've read a book that has just made me smile without also making me frown about other issues (plot, characters, etc). I really had no complaints about this book. Well, maybe one. The plot was a bit generic, but the characters were so enjoyable, I don't really care.
Loved Cassie: she's awkward, smart, but has an adventurous spirit. She's considerate, goofy, and is such a sweetheart.
Simon is sexy as hell, he's smart, and is a great lover and brother. He makes one big mistake in the novel, but it's understandable, and I don't think less of him for it.
This is what I wanted at the end of Bully and Until You. I think I now realize my biggest issue with Tate and Jared's relationship is that he never really changed. She just agreed to date him, almost rewarding him for all his bad behavior. Whereas here, she really makes him work for it.
I also loved that his mom calls him out on being a bully—finally!
Let me start off by saying that I am so happy for Lindsey Summers for getting her book published. I loved The Cell Phone Swap on Wattpad, and devoured it and everything related to it (the short stories: TCPS Tales, Talon's POV shorts: iAmTalon, and the in-progress sequel that tells Zach's story: Gambling With Hearts).
Second, I received a print ARC from the MaximumPop because I (and others) won a giveaway. My opinions here are my own, and not influenced by the fact that I received a free copy of the book.
I liked how this was streamlined from the Wattpad version, but I think removing the main reason Kelley breaks up with him in the middle (of the Wattpad version) had a lot more gravitas than just the issue that was toward the start of the Wattpad story and was kept.
I enjoyed this story a lot. The two main characters, Cass Linford and Adam Grey, were three-dimensional, interesting in their own rights, and played well with each other. They respected and helped each other, and shared some really nice chemistry. The side characters, especially Cass' brother, sister-in-law, and Adam's brother, were entertaining while revealing new information about the main characters.
The main plot wasn't exactly unique, but Adam's backstory was seemed very fresh (at least in the context of fake engagement/marriage stories) and was handled artfully.
You may be surprised to be reading a review for a second book in a series that started off with a book that I had a huge problem with, but I had actually bought both books at the same time and was curious enough to give this story a chance. And I'm glad I did! There were none of the issues from the first book in this one, and I found myself liking Laurie and Ethan more than either Chelsea or Rafe.
I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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