Series: 2B Trilogy #2
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Best Friends Sibling, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Most people dream about getting out of Sharon, Nebraska, but after three years away, Lauren Barrett is coming home. She has her reasons—missing her family, losing her college scholarship. But then there's the reason Lauren can't admit to anyone: Rob Conrad, her best friend's older brother.
Football prowess and jaw-dropping good looks made Rob a star in high school. Out in the real world, his job and his relationships are going nowhere. He's the guy who women love and leave, not the one who makes them think of forever—until Lauren comes back to town, bringing old feelings and new dreams with her.
Because the only thing more important than figuring out where you truly belong is finding the person you were meant to be with.
I love a good new adult book, I know some people are on the fence about new adult, but I really like it. This one is about a girl who has had a crush on her best friends older brother since, well, forever, and when she moved back home he comes back into her life. I tend to really like the whole best friends sibling thing, and while this book had that, it wasn’t a main plot point.
So the first part of this book, I really liked. I liked the angst between Lauren and Rob. I could easily identify with Lauren as well. She moved away to go to college, and in the end she dealt with her problems the way a lot of college kids deal with their issues, drinking and inappropriate sex. Needless to say she stopped caring about her classes and ended up moving back home, which she readily admits was for the best. So one her first day back at home she runs into Rob, who she has been in love with for as long as she can remember. I think everyone can identify with the adolescent crush. Lauren has social anxiety, which was interesting to read how she dealt with the issue. I loved that she was interested in computers (I am too), and I also really liked that she was willing to get down and dirty doing construction work with Rob.
Rob on the other hand I liked less. Rob is a skilled guy, he makes furniture and works in construction. Problem with Rob though is that he brings insecure to a new level, it’s kind of sad to read, like I really felt bad for the guy. But at the same time I don’t really go for the insecure hero, and he was really insecure. He has almost no self-worth, and I get that it stems from him family never really thinking he would amount to anything and making comments like “at least he has his looks”, but I wouldn’t have found him attractive at all because of that personality flaw (in my opinion). The one thing I will say about Rob is that he and Lauren did have good chemistry and it’s clear that the two of them really cared about each other. Also he is a stand up guy, and is even good to his ex-girlfriend which I liked about him.
Speaking of ex-girlfriends, Lauren makes from with Rob’s ex, Avery, who I really liked actually. I actually liked all of Lauren’s friends in the book, in fact it was the women in the book that made me enjoy it as much as I did. I liked that the author wrote flawed but strong women, and that even when they weren’t necessarily easily lovable, I still ended up liking them a lot.
I thought this was a pretty good new adult book, and I think a lot of people will end up liking Lauren as much as I did, so if you like new adult books, you may want to check this one out.