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Adorable and fun, but with its flaws
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2019
I enjoyed this cute story but it had a few issues.
Teagan is a great character, as one of the other reviews put it, her constant word-vomit makes her kind of loveable. She was always saying the wrong thing at awkward times, and her inner monologue cracked me up! I really appreciated Rebel's man-of-few-words, strong silent sexiness as well, for the most part. I could definitely see how opposites attract in that respect.
But while Teagan's word vomit was endearing, I found most of the time her best friend Quin was insufferable. Quin was also prone to word vomit, but it seemed like all she ever did was talk over or interrupt Teagan with stupid assumptions or comments. Once Quin started, Teagan could barely get a word in, even when the situation was obviously very important! Aside from one good pep talk she gave, almost every time Quin showed up and started running her mouth I wanted to strangle her!
Other times, it felt like the story and character development was sacrificed a bit for the need for the dialogue and banter to be over the top. Of course I love witty banter. I understand it's supposed to be a funny story, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but there's a time and a place! For instance Teagan was having one too many funny little asides in her head when she should be distraught or focused on something else, that kind of thing. It took me out of the story sometimes.
I take issue with Rebel leaving Teagan high and dry the way he did. That was insane! I could understand pumping the breaks, but I really feel like he took it too far. I really wished we could've been inside his head at that moment. The explanation he gave later fell flat to me, it didn't feel like enough of an apology in my opinion considering how awful he'd made her feel.
There were a handful of times that I really wished we could have a chapter from Rebel's POV, because his behavior was sometimes inexplicable. I know that yes his behavior would be strange to Teagan and that's why we're left in the dark like she is. But it was frustrating not knowing why he would explode in anger towards his brother when it was someone else that he should've been angry with.
And this bit of backstory we got only a taste of at the end, regarding a sister character, kind of came out of left field. I understand there are 2 more books, and maybe that story will be explored more in those, but I wish it could've been teased or mentioned at least more than once.
Overall it was an enjoyable light read, but if the next two books are a similar style, leaving the H's behavior unexplained, I don't know that I will want read those.