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Not great but not bad either = disappointed
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020
When I was done reading, I was left feeling like nothing substantial happened in the plot of this book. That is the big reason why I gave it one star. A lot of it was filled with redundant wishy washy thoughts of the heroine and immature musings of the hero. I've read the first two books (and I loved them by the way) in this series and I already knew I wasn't going to like Dean, but I gave it a go and now I'm wishing that either I hadn't read it, or at the very least the next book in the series would wash the taste of disappointment away. I really hope so. Both of these characters are dumb and I never got the feeling that they're really in love.
***may be some spoilers ahead
They just like having sex, and there's a lot of it (compared to the last 2 books), which isn't necessarily a bad thing for the story arc if that's what they build their relationship on. My problem with this approach is that when done too much can really feel like their love is just superficial. I was turned off halfway through and just wanted it to end. I had high hopes for this book but then again, and I hate to compare it to Garett and Logan's journey to love, this book was a total waste of time.
I didn't like Allie at all. She couldn't be consistent with her behavior to save her life. She wants Dean one second and then doesn't want him in the next. She wants to keep their interaction to just a fling but then she gets jealous when other girls are flirting with him. She doesn't play games but she totally does. She's insecure one moment and then magically trusts Dean in the next breath. She is the weakest heroine I have seen in this series so far and something tells me that Sabrina (Tucker's love interest) will blow this mediocre soggy blonde mess that is Allie into obscurity. Hell, even Grace as a freshman was way more mature than Allie. Sabrina and Dean would've been a better/stronger storyline, but this mess of a book is what we're stuck with.
Dean, is well rich, loves to party and have sex. All the little snippets that show a glimpse into who he is are also superficial. He starts to develop feelings for Allie (and later falls in love) because his genitals don't work for any other girl?!?! Man, I had a headache after that one. Of the boys in that house, his story did not interest me. I didn't understand why he got so much attention in the storylines throughout the series. I thought he was the stupidest of the 4 boys. I just read it because I didn't want to miss anything in the reading order and now I have nobody but myself to blame. The man whore gets tamed by a woman's love is the most tired trope in romances and this one was all about that and stewed to perfection. I was left cynically thinking this dude is gonna cheat on Allie as soon as the going gets tough. Maybe not tomorrow, but probably next week or in 3 years if they're still together. She's gonna forgive him because she doesn't have much self-control and well her mother told her not to give up on love (whatever that means).
I didn't see the *big surprise* coming at the end with his football friend. That too was just dropped in the plot, no smooth transition and no anticipatory connection at all. It was the easiest and laziest way to create drama for a storyline that fizzled out somewhere after the 30% mark in this book. Everything in this book was sort of haphazardly thrown together and then rushed in the end. Why would you ruin Tucker's story line by putting that bomb in the end? It's because this book had no meat in it and it needed some. Perhaps it was a ploy to make you read the last book in the series. Either way, it's pathetic.
The writing was alright. Sometimes it felt emotionally immature. To be fair, it probably was mirroring the thought processes of a 22 year old but some seemed more like the typical angst of a high schooler. This is why I hate points of view types of writing. When done right, it is enjoyable. My problem is that you can get away with being sloppy especially if you use slang and text speak. There were some grammatical errors here and there but it didn't detract from the story. Although, it would've benefited from a reviewer/editor going through it again to spot those errors.