Series: The Basso Brothers #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Love Triangle, Romance, Second Chances, Sports
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Growing up in small-town Belcrest, Maddy Jennings always thought she was destined to be with her childhood sweetheart, Trent Basso. Throughout the complicated road she has traveled with Trent, someone else has had a strong presence in Maddy's life. Trent's older brother Gabe has always been someone she could count on, therefore neither of them can be blamed when lines blur from friendship to something more. However, promises made between brothers threaten to ensure that neither of them will have a permanent place in her life. When Maddy returns to her hometown for her brother's wedding, she is forced to face both Trent and Gabe for the first time in two years. While the two Basso brothers fight to win her heart, she is busy struggling with a past that won't seem to let her go. Whether she wants to or not, Maddy must decide to either forfeit her own happiness or forever tear a family apart.
I was so into the description of this book. I love a good love triangle, I don’t know why, I just like them, probably because I love my drama in books. The thing about me and love triangles is I really want to pull for both guys, like I don’t want to end up hating one of the guys right from the beginning, because then it feels less like a love triangle and more like someone interfering. This book made things even more complicated because the two guys vying for Maddy’s attention are brothers, and one of them used to be the guy she used to date. So needless to say this book is all kinds of complicated.
I guess I liked Maddy, she was okay. She wasn’t very assertive, and honestly I felt like most of the book she was trying to avoid the situation as much as possible. Like it was just easier to avoid. She is back to be in her brothers wedding, and this sets up for a lot of togetherness with people Maddy seems to be more on board with avoiding rather then spending every day with them.
The two brothers in question are Gabe and Trent. Both are successful guys in their own very different ways, Trent is a soccer star, and Gabe is starting up his own business. But Gabe was clearly the far superior brother. Or maybe it was just me. I mean Trent just seemed overly confident, kind of a jerk, and just in general a self-important jerk. Gabe on the other hand is super sweet, and is nice to Maddy from day one. He stands off to side when he needs to, but he is always a steady presence in Maddy’s life.
The thing about this book is that it goes back and forth between present and past, which is normally okay for me, but this was more then just flashbacks, it was literally a back and forth all the time. I felt like while it was important to get some of the background for these characters, it just messed with the pacing of the book and left it feeling more disjointed then anything else. Maybe it was just me.
I think the most important thing to mention about this book is it is like 98% angst. If you like angst then this is the book for you. If not then run away. I liked the book well enough, I liked Maddy, I liked Gabe, I was happy with the way things ended (I love a good epilogue). Little too much angst, but even so I would be willing to try out another book by this author.