Good but frustrating.
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😳🤫😍
The heroine: Cecilia Horner – her mother had a breakdown so she is forced to move in with her father in a town called Triple Falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She hasn’t spent any time with her father since she was 11 and even prior to that, very limited amounts of time. He is wealthy and has basically been only involved in her life in a monetary way. She grew up as a child of a single parent who had to work to make ends meet.
The Hero(es): Sean & Dominic, – his family owns a restaurant in Triple Falls, he has worked at a garage and the plant (Horner Technologies) since he graduated from high school. Dominic is a darker character who owns the garage, he recently got his masters from MIT.
The Story: Cecelia is forced to work for her father’s company from the ground up in order to get her trust fund in a year which will include shares in his company. On her first day, she meets Sean in orientation and after work he takes her to his place where a party is going on, where she meets his friends Dominic and Tyler. Dominic rubs Cecilia the wrong way from the start when he kicks her out of the party.
The narration was done by Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden. I love Joe Arden’s voice and Maxine Mitchell is very good as well. She has an intelligent sounding voice and is a good reader. This is one of those where both male and female narrators read their own part within each chapter despite whose POV the chapter is in. So high ratings for that.
Sean is a hard one to figure out. He lives for the now, doesn’t worry about the future and he waxes philosophical more often than not. Cecilia starts seeing him whenever she is free. They spend a lot of time together and things get quite steamy between them. Though he says certain things that don’t make much sense to her.
This book confused me quite a bit. I saw that many readers marked it as a reverse harem, and Cecilia was attracted to some of Sean’s close friends when the first met, especially Dominic. However, much of their relationship in the beginning is just between Sean and Cecilia alone.
The guys and all their friends have secrets and whenever Cecilia asks about them, they are very vague with their answers. Both Cecilia and I were eternally frustrated with those answers. Though I do like the characters in this book, the guys are all great though aggravating and moody. Sean and Dominic’s roommate Tyler is another great guy.
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