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by Jasinda Wilder
Released: Mar 14, 2013
Published by Jasinda Wilder
While I did enjoy the Colton’s part more than the Kyle and did shed a few tears, I had too many problems with the writing and believability that really hindered how deeply I fell in love with the story. ~ Under the Covers
As Wilder’s first foray into New Adult, I was interested to see how she would take on this vastly popular genre. This is also my first book by Wilder so I went in with open eyes and heart, being ready for a read that would break my heart.
Nell and Kyle have known each other all their lives since they grew up together. However, their relationship was strictly within the friend category. It isn’t until Nell is asked out by another guy that Kyle finds out and flips over it. Emotions roll through him unexpectedly and neither he nor Nell can understand why. I thought this part was cute, because I love friends to lovers story. But something about this didn’t stick for me.
From the blurb, I knew that Kyle dies and that Nell ends up with his brother, Colton. So what needed to happen was Wilder had to make readers fall in love twice. That’s quite a hard feat, especially when trying to make it believable. As the story progressed, I could see how Nell and Kyle could fall for each other. These feelings they have for one another have been repressed, so much to the point that the idea of them as a couple is foreign to them. Here’s where I was a little annoyed. The author writes it so that it feels like them being a couple is a bad thing at first. As if it’s something that they shouldn’t ever act upon because it would ruin their friendship. This halts the natural progression of the romance and also the story as a whole, and this is especially bad when you need to create a believable romance for Nell and Kyle BEFORE you can even think to create a romance between Nell and Colton after her grieving.
Also, something felt off about the writing. As New Adult, I realize that teens tend to think in a different way, but I’m one year off the NA age range and felt that the writing seemed a little too immature. All the characters didn’t seem to know what they wanted and as a result, it kind of lost the respect I had for them. Nell would think one way and do the opposite. Similarly, I felt that the workings of the young adult mind felt off.
The next part of the book welcomes Colt and another thing caused me to raise an eyebrow in question. Nell is grieving, as is expected and understandable, but once she sets eyes on Colt, Kyle’s brother there is instant attraction. One thing I don’t like in my books is instalove. I don’t like it when authors take short cuts. I like seeing a romance bloom from nothing. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case here.
I also had an issue with believability. Kyle and Colton are brothers. Kyle and Nell have known each other all their lives, but Colton and Nell haven’t seen much of each other. This notion is just not believable to me.
While I did enjoy the Colton’s part more than the Kyle and did shed a few tears, I had too many problems with the writing and believability that really hindered how deeply I fell in love with the story.
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