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Review: The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

The Vincent Brothers by Abbi GlinesThe Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines (review copy) - WARNING! I cannot review this book without spoiling the others in the series. Read no further if you're planning on reading this series and don't want it spoilt for you.

Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only boy Lana’s ever wanted—wrapped around her finger. But now things are different. Lana has a chance to make Sawyer see her, and she’s taking it. If only he’d get over Ashton—because Lana is sick of second-best.

Sawyer’s heart is broken. He’s lost his best girl to his best friend. And then Lana comes to town. Ashton’s cousin has always been sweet and soft-spoken, but now she’s drop-dead gorgeous as well. Sawyer doesn’t know if Lana can heal his broken heart, but spending time with her might at least make Ashton jealous.

What starts as a carefree fling becomes a lusty game of seduction. Sawyer and Lana may have different motives, but their scintillating hookups are the same kind of steamy...
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I really loved The Vincent Boys, so I was really eager to read The Vincent Brothers, sure it was going to be just as amazing. Unfortunately, although I enjoyed it, I didn't love it as much as I hoped. I'm not going to be able to talk about my problems with this book without spoiling certain things, so you've been warned.

Lana has been in love with Sawyer since she was young, but he always had her cousin Ashton. Now they have split up, she's going to make her move. Having undergone a make-over - new clothes, new hair, new make-up - she is determined to catch Sawyer's eye and make him hers.
Six months has hone by since Sawyer and Ashton split up, but Sawyer is still struggling to get over her. When Lana comes to stay at Ash's for the summer, Sawyer can't believe his eyes - Lana is now hot! Seeing how uncomfortable the attention he's giving Lana makes Ash, Sawyer sees his chance to make her jealous and win her back.

The Vincent Brothers is just as hot, and at times, sweet as the first book. However, I did have quite a few issues with it. I didn't like that Lana completely changed her look and the bit of an act she put on to try and win Sawyer. It bothered me. There's nothing wrong with getting a new look for yourself, but to attract a guy? Not cool.

Later in the book, Sawyer makes it clear that he's not after a relationship, just fun. And despite the fact that she's in love with him, Lana accepts this despite it hurting her heart. She settles for what she can have. I am all for Sawyer's honesty - though he's not being as completely honest as he could be - but I'm not for Lana accepting it when it's not nearly close to what she wants. She gets so much crap from Sawyer, and most of the time, she just takes it. It made me so sad and bloody angry! And when Sawyer conveniently finally realises he's in love with her, it doesn't take long for Lana to forgive and forget. It's ridiculous.

However, I guess it's kind of true to life in that this is how some girls are. It's not a positive image, no, and I certainly wouldn't want young girls to read it and think this is acceptable. But I can't really argue that certain kinds of people shouldn't be written about.

I enjoyed seeing how the story progressed, despite being annoyed at most of it. There was quite a bit of cheese going on that made me roll my eyes, but it wasn't too sickly. And I quite liked the epilogue, I thought that was a nice touch.

Enjoyable, but not amazing, unfortunately. I much preferred The Vincent Boys.

Thank you to Hot Key Books for the review copy.

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Published: 7th March 2013
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Abbi Glines' Website

My other reviews from the series:
The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys Book 1)

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