Blurb: Everyone in Jonesville thought that Bryce Evans had the perfect life in High School: he was the Mayor’s son, the quarterback for the football team, the boyfriend of the head cheerleader and had a 4.1 GPA. His acceptance to Notre Dame came as a surprise to no-one. However when he chose to enlist in the marines instead everyone was shocked.
Lexi Lord was the quiet girl in school and kept to her small group of eccentric friends. She had no connection to any of the popular kids except for one incident on Prom Night when her path crossed with Bryce’s. When Bryce enlisted, Lexi was the only one that wasn’t disappointed and decided to send him anonymous letters as a way to feel connected to him. She stopped after a year because she felt there was nowhere for their relationship to go.
Fast-forward four years and Bryce is back in Jonesville and once again he and Lexi cross paths. Only he’s no longer the seemingly perfect man and Lexi’s no longer the quiet girl. This time their relationship is quite different but both of them have secrets from the past and friends that threaten to ruin their chance at happiness together.
Review: It takes a combination of a lot of factors for me to rate a book this low because it is such a harsh rating and one that I hate to hand out, but it is obviously there for a reason. Unfortunately, this book hit on all of the reasons why I have this rating as an option.
This isn’t so much a new adult genre book, not because the characters don’t fit the physical age range for that genre, but because they mentally, emotionally and behaviorally are more pre-teen/junior high than people that should be in their 20s. Lexi comes across as though she has a pop-star crush and is so utterly naive. Bryce is an arrogant SOB and there is no way, the way this is written, that he comes across as a former Marine. He is more like a spoiled child than anything else. Every one of the secondary characters are just as bad, even the parents.
The story was decent and still had potential for about the first 1/3 of the book. Things started to be less interesting after that but just dropped into ridiculous at about 70% when everything just got totally stupid. Bryce sleeping with Lexi’s best friend. The best friend thinking it was okay to do that and that they were suddenly in a relationship. Bryce thinking it was okay to not share that and still go after and have sex with Lexi. Lexi being totally okay and still loving Bryce after finding out she had been set up to be raped. And every single other character with the exception of maybe Luke being horrible people that are just painfully ignorant. Again, more junior high drama than what you’d expect from adults. It didn’t help that every single early adult character is still living at home with their parents. Really? Even the supposed genius, money making machine Luke. It makes no plausible, realistic sense.
If this were just about a not so well written story, this wouldn’t have gotten such a low rating. It was so much more than that. There were contradictory issues with character histories (Lexi having no clue who her dad was in one chapter and then in another chapter she not only new him but had met him in the past) and way too many serious editing mistakes. It was bad enough to see some either mistyped words or completely wrong words in places but then there were also quite a few sentences or paragraphs that seemed like there were huge holes and were missing all the important parts. Conversations would be going on and a character would have a response that made zero sense with regards to the previous sentence or paragraph so it was obvious something got deleted along the way and not fixed. I’ve seen worse, but this was still pretty bad.
Yes, I did finish this, but that was because this was kind of like watching a train wreck. You know it is going to be bad but you just can’t look away. So glad this wasn’t something that I spent money on.