With help from Jonah Bannon, a reformed—kind of—bad boy she remembers from high school, Dani uncovers family secrets that have spanned generations. And along with those, she’s about to face the biggest sh*t storm of her life.
Only this time, she may not survive.
Tijan is one of those authors that fans of new adult romance absolutely SWEAR by. Tijan fans are rabid and militant in support of their favorite author. So, since this book was free on Kindle Unlimited, I thought I’d give it a read and see what all the fuss was about. And now...I’m guessing that I either chose a poor introductory Tijan book--or I’m just not the intended audience.
Seriously, what the hell did I just read? There’s a strangely possessive ex-boyfriend, a strangely possessive ex-fiance, a new love interest who is supposed to be a “bad boy” but isn’t at all, sister drama, aunt drama, small town business drama, oyster drama, floods, memories of flooded orphanages, “who’s your daddy” mystery drama...Jesus, reading this was exhausting. The only thing really missing from the story was the romance that this book claims to be all about. Dani just kind of fell into a sexual relationship with Jonah because he was hot, and fell in love with him because...I really have no idea. Based on what I read, they didn’t really know each other well enough to fall in love.
I can’t say that I’ll never read another Tijan book, because for all it’s faults, this was still an extremely well-written story. But I’ll definitely choose my next one more carefully. And I’ll make sure I’m well-rested before I dive into the drama pool again…
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma? (link to original myths post)
This one isn’t necessarily doing anything to perpetuate the romance stigma, but it’s not exactly crushing it either. It’s just kind of...there. Like belly button lint.
Other reading suggestions
If you’re looking for YA angst done right, try Emma Scott’s Full Tilt duet.