Book Review: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

16172220Title: The Vincent Boys

Author: Abbi Glines

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Age Group: New Adult

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist….

The Vincent Boys was a mediocre read for me. I liked Ashton sort of, I liked Beau, and together they formed a nice couple, but some things bothered me. I’ll explain them later in this review. Overall, the book was a nice summer read though.

Ashton’s boyfriend, Sawyer, is on holiday during the summer, and she’s stuck at home, taking care of his cousin, Beau, when he gets drunk and needs a ride home. The encounter makes their old friendship resurface. When they were kids, they were best friends, always teasing each other, always joking around, but ever since they started growing up, they’ve grown apart. In a matter of weeks, they get as close as they once were, and a whole lot closer than that.

What didn’t make sense for me? Well, I read the adult version (I hope) and the way Ashton and Beau almost have sex the first time made me cringe. They’re in a field (I don’t think they moved away from the field), Ashton’s grandma just passed away, she needs a shoulder to cry on, and Beau completely takes advantage of her. Ugh. Then there’s the awkward sex scene later on. It wasn’t hot, it was just awkward.

Then there was Ashton’s silly behavior toward the end. I don’t want to spoil things, but at some point she goes to a gathering of kids her age, and she’s afraid of what’ll happen because Sawyer isn’t there to protect her. Uhm? Right? And then a little later, when Sawyer is mad at her, she’s scared of going to school because she’s picked on and Sawyer won’t help her.

Grow up. Put your chin up, and start being brave, Ashton. You don’t need a guy to protect you, you can take care of yourself. Stop relying on Sawyer and Beau for everything. Seriously.

Either way, apart from that, I actually liked the story. I love friendships-turn-to-romance books, and this was definitely one of the better ones. Ashton and Beau’s love was heartbreaking, and it sounded real. I thought Ashton was way too dependent on Sawyer and Beau to make her an intriguing character. She wasn’t very complex either – a good girl who really wanted to become a bad girl. Beau was a lot more intriguing. He was flawed, broken, human. Sawyer was Mr. Perfect, until the end, when his true colors showed, and which made him more interesting than in the entire first half of the book.

Overall, a nice, quick read, but the characters could’ve been more three-dimensional, and Ashton could’ve been less of a crybaby.

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