Author: Laura Lee
Tittle: Deal Breakers
Series: Dealing With Love, book 1. [Can be read as a standalone.]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Page count and format: 192 pages, Ebook
Published: September 1st 2015 by LAN Fiction LLC
Source: I received an eARC of this book from LAN Fiction LLC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
How were they supposed to know that one night would change everything?
Devyn has life all mapped out. She just needs to accomplish one more thing before graduating college and becoming a full-fledged adult—lose her virginity. And who better to assist her than her best friend, Riley?
Riley is the self-proclaimed king of fling. His college years have been filled with meaningless hookups until the one night that ruined him for all other women. The one night he spends with his best friend, Devyn. Right before he screws it all up.
Balls to the wall, baby!
Now five years later, Riley is determined to atone for his mistakes and prove that he can be the man that Devyn deserves. Little does he know that Devyn’s been keeping a secret from him all these years. A big secret. Now he has to figure out how to win back the only girl he’s ever loved while navigating the pitfalls of her unexpected revelation.
So, I’m sort of a sucker of New-Adult college romances and though the plot was the same old I decided to give it a try. Deal Breakers was a book that was fun and light hearted. It was told in alternate POVs of both the main characters which made it easy to understand what they were feeling and going through, throughout the book. I didn’t fall in love with thus book but I did enjoy it.
Summary– Devyn and Riley had been best friends since they met in college. Though Riley wanted something more, Devyn was not ready for anything so they settled for just friends. But before graduation Devyn confesses that she’s a virgin and requests Riley that she wants him to be the one she looses her virginity to because she trusts him the most and promises they’ll return to the way they were. But after a night of passion she realises he’s something more than friends to her and confesses her feelings and Riley panicks and breaks all their connection leaving Devyn heartbroken. After five years they meet again and this time Riley wants her back in his life but he doesn’t know the huge secret that she has been carrying for the last five years.
Plot– The plot was good but it lacked in depth and it was predictable. I felt everything happened a bit too fast and smoothly. Of course there’s nothing wrong with the plot moving smoothly but a few more bumpy rides would have made it a bit more mature. But it was enjoyable nonetheless. Everybody could easily tell what the big secret was and hence made the plot predictable. I would have loved if there was more depth in the story.
Characters– I liked the characters but I had a hard time connecting with them. I just couldn’t bring myself to care for them, I wasn’t invested emotionally. Devyn was a good and likeable character, she was fun, caring and a good friend. She became an emotional wreck after Riley broke her heart but she handled herself very maturely. Riley was the most biggest manwhore but he was a good friend, he initially backed out when Devyn confessed her feelings but he took his second chance very seriously and didn’t waste a single opportunity to get her back. I liked the side characters, they were pretty great and supportive.
Writing style– The writing was okay and easy to read. The pace was a bit too fast, I would have liked if it moved at a normal and steady pace. But it was a short and fast read, I easily finished this book in one sitting.
Overall– The plot was nice but predictable, the characters were likeable but I couldn’t connect with them easily. The writing was simple and the pace moved a bit too fast. I would have liked some more depth and passion in the novel but overall it was light-hearted and enjoyable.
Yes, you could give this a chance if you like this kind of plot line but be aware of the predictability.
So guys have you read this book yet or are you planning to? Share your thoughts with me!