Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Fall Guy by Liz Reinhardt
Fall Guy by Liz Reinhardt
Evan Lennox is going nowhere fast. She's living with her grandparents after her parents bailed on her, she got kicked out of her posh private school, her ex-boyfriend proved to be the biggest sleaze imaginable, her former best friend is a back-stabber, and her current best friend is stuck in backwoods NJ. To top it all off, one teeny, tiny fire she lit to burn some memories of her ex goes a little out of control and winds up igniting a good piece of a very powerful family's pecan orchard.
Evan lands her pampered behind in court and gets sentenced to community service. Which she knows she deserves. But the hard labor and humiliation may be her undoing.
Until she meets Winchester Youngblood on the site.
Everything about him is tricky, confusing, not at all what it seems, and so sexy, Evan can't resist pulling closer. But every step she takes to get to know him gives her more of a reason to back up and put him as far out of life as she possibly can. Because Winch is one hundred percent complicated, and Evan isn't looking for that. At all. She needs to meet a nice, responsible guy, not share searing kisses with the charming hustler she met after they both got sentenced in court.
But Winch is so much more than what he seems, and Evan finds out that she's falling hard for the guy everyone underestimates and writes off. And Winch realizes that Evan is the one person who's ever challenged him to ask for more out of his life, and her courage inspires him to try to be the person she sees when she looks at him. With every single odd stacked against them, Evan and Winch need to find out whether they have what it takes to fall for each other.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I was worried FALL GUY would be a little too much for me. Too fast a connection made or even too many conflicts between the two. They both recognize those as pulling them apart but despite the same their helplessly drawn to each other. Now, them together was in turns scorching hot but also mind numbingly dramatic. Both go all in AND are terrified about perhaps having chosen the wrong thing. Too much, too fast, so the drama! It’s all there. Yet, I kept on reading (with one brow perpetually raised.) Simply because there’s something to the way she writes her characters.
Evan first made her appearance in SLOW TWITCH. She read exactly like the other guy in Brenna’s life: live hard, party harder, heed not the consequences of one’s actions. She deserved a story of her own. She gets hers here; we see why she is the why she is. Her reality seems to be that she’s alone, though dotes on by her grandparents, she’s basically on her own. So her issues range from feeling unwanted, unlovable etcetera, etcetera… leading her to do some pretty outrageous things, including accidentally setting fire to an orchard. This then leads to her meet Winchester Youngblood, a name *shakes head* that still sounds over the top in my head. He is mysterious man-boy. Man boy because he’s got the bucks and the car and the power but he’s also his issues.
I’d laugh at the push pull that takes place in this one if it weren’t so frustrating. He is shrouded in mystery and she’s hell bent on knowing all; add that the reveal could have gone laughably over dramatic, soap opera style. Mainly every time the word ‘family’ is mentioned in conjunction to his, it felt like it was capitalized. It had good bits, but I’ve said this before and it applies to FALL GUY as well, Too much, too fast, so the drama!
(Still, the sexy times did get sexy.)
And so, continues my search for indie YA/NA contemps that aren’t over the top...
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