Unfortuently for me this book didnt grab my interest like it did for others. Yes, some parts of the book were intriguing and in the end I did like Cam's character. But for me, I could not connect to the heroine, no matter how hard I tried.
Jackson was probably my favourite character out of them all. He was funny and had a lot of character. I found the story hard to follow in certain parts. One minute there was this plan and the next there was a different plan that I couldn't get my head around. She trusted people and then didn't trust them, and it seemed every man she came across wanted her and I came to wonder if maybe there was something in the town's water that gave all the men in the book this "hard" situation.
But now that it's over, and the author gave me that ending that made me go, "WHATTTTTTTTT just happened?!", I now need to read the next book! I do hope that book 2 will be where I connect because I think this could be a really great bully series.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would an I’m quite happy about that. There were a number of moments when I not only laughed, but was a bit shocked at what was happening, got angry, felt frustrated, and also just upset at a number of things that were done to A in the book. So obviously, this shows that it was a good read if it was able to invoke a number of feelings and reactions.
I will list a pros and cons for this book below:
Starting with Pros: 1: I loved Abby. She was just a young girl trying to not only survive high school but her home life as best she could. 2: Xavier. Xavier May well have been my favourite character within this book. Not only was he kind, smart and thoughtful, but he was always looking out for A. IMO he was more of a big brother to her than Drew. When he seen she was hurt or was worried he never hesitated to get in someone’s face for her. He never stopped to think ‘shit this dude can take me down’. He just knew he had to defend and protect her. 3. Chad. Chad was an absolute sweetheart. He knew she held something over him but to me, he chose to follow her because he trusted in her and because he knew she would never tell. He never faulted when backing her up either. 4. The Prologue. - this was done so nicely that it’s what kept me from switching a book while I found one to read for the night. I wish we actually got to see more of the lost/vulnerable side of A. 5. Her retorts to Rochelle. I love sass when it has a time and place and by god did every interaction Rochelle need one. When A tried being nice to her in the bathroom and she tried giving attitude.... A just left her literally broken 😂 I loved it. 6. Trent. 😑 where do I begin with Trent. The author managed to make me despise him I think that first chapter. I loved it. Such a douche. He was the equivalent of spam mail. You cant stand it, even hate it and are annoyed by it. But you still check him everyday in the hopes that the email you’ve been waiting on has maybe been sent there. That was Trent. It. Was. Great. 7. The overall story and theme of the book. I did enjoy where this book was going. It had a lot of moments where I wanted to throw it because I was angry at her situations and what she was going through. There weren’t really any moments that didn’t belong.
Now onto the cons: 1. Abbey. I loved abbey but I also hated her. Her constant “I will destroy you” but when push came to shove she was weak. For someone that had years worth of self defence classes she could never defend herself. It became frustrating. 2. Drew. I don’t have a brother, but in my head I don’t think any brother would let the shit go down that he did. 3. Cam, Jackson and to some degree Sawyer. Cam is abusive. Jackson is Jackson. Sawyer is someone that watches and doesn’t really voice his upset or try to help. Those people are the worst because they can stop it, but CHOOSE not too. 4. The whole book whenever she’s around anyone (other than her brother, Trent and Xavier). Why you ask? Well because - SHES ALWAYS IN HEAT. The title of this book should have been ‘Moister than and Oyster’. I’m not a fan of hot/cold. I think it sets a bad precedent for young readers that grow up reading it and think “oh well that’s in the books I read so clearly it’s normal/common”. When it’s not. The reality is everyone but Chad/Xavier/Jane are emotionally OR in a lot of cases physically abusive. Emotionally abusive is worse than the physical as bruises, cut, breaks heal. Emotional trauma doesn’t. 5. Why she stayed. There were so many opportunities to run. To leave. While her father was away, she could have left and been gone for 3 weeks before anyone realised she was missing. She could have been on a plane to anywhere, dyed her hair, got contacts, etc and no one would know her. If him finding her was her fear, leave the country. As someone who has had to run for their life, I was on a plane and in another country within 12 hours. My father still doesn’t know where I am; can’t find me. If you need to you can run. She didn’t. Even when cam turned up etc she could have escaped. Again she chose not to. 6. Abbeys vulnerability. I wanted more of abbey from the prologue. Have her sitting on the beach alone or wading into the water up to her ankles/knees unaware that cam is watching her from afar. That way you can you can start to grasp why he’s fighting within himself when it comes to her. He keeps saying she’s not what he expected but she doesn’t do anything from be a bit of a wet flannel for majority of their interactions. 7. The most important con - the next book isn’t out already 😑 I was so happy to read it. I found the novella from cams view but it’s 3 chapters. Not enough for me to read his side, and god do I want to read his side.
Overall this book was good. As you can see from above my cons were/are more of a personal preference. I will definitely be reading the second book when it comes out.