Publication date: October 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Bookish college sophomore Sydney Baker wants Evan Taylor with every ounce of her being. The hottest stud on campus, Evan is six foot four, ripped, stacked with muscles. He’s even easy to talk to.
There’s just one problem: he’s her roommate Melanie’s boyfriend.
But when Melanie tragically dies after a night of wild partying, Sydney and Evan turn to each other in a time of intense grief. And it doesn’t take long for their close friendship to blossom into something more.
Unfortunately for Sydney, secrets from the past soon put her relationship with Evan to the test. Especially when a sexy blonde freshman makes her way into Evan’s life, and tries to rip away everything Sydney holds close to her heart.
Crashing Into You by B.D. Rowe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was a quick read. I did enjoy it, but it ultimately lacked the special something that would have made it great. The idea behind the plot was a good one - a college girl who has been personally affected by the horrible consequences of drinking and driving - but I felt like Sydney was so condescending and controlling of her friends that the intended message came across as preachy and judgemental instead of the real and moving cautionary tale it should have been.
Sydney (the female MC) was hard to like and it really wasn't surprising that she doesn't have many friends. Even her best gay friend, Lukas, gets fed up with her bossing him around and trying to dictate both his drinking and his love life. I mean, they are college students so it's understandable that Sydney's anti-drinking crusade is unpopular, no matter how smart it is.
Add into the mix that Sydney is in love with her roommate's boyfriend, and doesn't discourage him from making a move on her, and she's downright unlikeable.
Overall, the book was okay. I felt like Evan and Sydney's relationship was a little forced, and I wasn't completely on board with it. And it seemed a little far fetched that Sydney wouldn't have noticed something was wrong with Melanie for three days, finals or not. The whole thing with Michelle was a little crazy, and I didn't feel like there was enough explanation to really understand her motivations. The last big event was interesting, but really sad, and I think it did set up a second book nicely.
I'm not sure if I ended up being hooked in enough to the characters and story to pick up the next book, but I'm gonna add it to my TBR list just in case.
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B.D. Rowe is a Sacramento native with a penchant for crafting tales of romance, mystery, and intrigue. You can often find B.D. at the local coffee shop drinking white chocolate mochas and writing into the wee hours of the night. This is B.D.'s first New Adult novel.
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