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The Vincent Brothers

The Vincent Brothers  - Abbi Glines After speaking with some friends, I decided to come back and revise some of my extreme ranting and raise my rating to a solid 3 star. I thought this finally might have been the book from Glines that would get me to go up to a 4 star rating but *insert fist shake at the heavens* the last 75 pages or so...sigh. No go.Important things first. These covers make me want lots and lots of candy, specifically caramel apple pops because this new lollipop looks like a green apple. I don't recall there being lots and lots of candy consumption among the pages. Someone's toying with me, trying to get me to associate candy and sex. I'm not complaining. I like candy and sex (or the song Sex and Candy). I'm just not sure how it relates to the Vincent Boys.I admit, I liked the book overall, even though I still had a few complaints.Story-wise, it had me like cute little kittens and puppies have me. You want to cuddle with the adorable little kittens...until the little turds scratch you. Have you ever been scratched by a kitten? Talk about miniature claws of doom. Who would think that something so tiny and adorable could be so scary?Thank the heavens that Sawyer stepped up his game. Finally. The boy has a working male part, it's good to know. For whatever reason, he never managed to figure this out during his 3 year relationship with Ash. Is he for real? What hormonal teenage boy (not counting those with actual reasons, such as personal or spiritual beliefs) doesn't want to get it on with his girlfriend? Because he thinks she's so brilliantly perfect? Uh...yeah. I guarantee you that no teenage boy is going to be with any girl for 3 years and not ever try to get past 1st base. Come back to the real world, Sawyer. I call BS on this statement of his : "Never, did I think about being inside her."Whoops, I forgot that I was still in the "pros" section, not the "cons" section. Let me reel this in and say what was great about the story.I liked caveman Sawyer better than caveman Beau. Yep. I said it. Sawyer used his primal urges for the forces of good. I also appreciated that there was a bit of game playing and questionable behavior. Not everything during the teen years happens in a "get from point A to point B" manner. Misunderstandings and making people jealous and beating around the bush does come in to play when you're unsure of how the other person feels. As long as the story doesn't get overrun with it (which didn't happen), a little bit of this does provide some accuracy when it comes to the world of teen dating and relationships. I really liked how Lana was working out her bizarre behavior in her head and trying to justify her thinking because most of us have done this at one point or another : Maybe the healthy response would've been to stand my ground and force him to accept I was my own person. But I didn't. I wanted to be wanted.Something else that worked for me was seeing how both Sawyer and Beau thought the other Vincent had everything handed to them. The grass is rarely greener on the other side of the fence, no matter how much we think it is. The dual PoV's worked well in this series because the story became more interesting when we got to see how Beau and Sawyer's minds worked.The biggest positive : Sawyer never fell too hard, too fast. He knew that he was still carrying a torch for Ash and was honest with Lana about not being completely ready to move on. Huge points for this. This book is worth the read just to see this love story unfold. The timeline was handled perfectly.And there was some nice sexual tension in this water-boarding (not the torture kind) scene:"Hmmm...that's nice," Sawyer whispered into the curve of my neck. I tightened my hold on him and buried my face in his shoulder. A warm sexy chuckle vibrated within his chest.We were up and going before I could think about anything else. My legs clamped down on his waist so tightly the hard arousal I'd felt earlier was now firmly pressed against me."Ah, hell," he whispered in my ear and I shifted, wondering if I weighed too much or was holding on too tight."Please Lana, don't move. I can't concentrate when you do that." The smoldering gleam in his eyes sent my body into a warm frenzy."Am I hurting you?"Sawyer shook his head and pressed a kiss to my forehead. "Not the way you think. Hang on, I'm going to give you a little bit of a ride."Lana and Sawyer's story was enjoyably easy to read. Thankfully, their story does take up most of the book.Moving on to the "I want my money back" part of the review :The recycled characters and scenarios keep on happening. I want to be wowed by seeing something new. We had another issue with a parent cheating on another parent with a much younger woman? It's Because of Low all over again. *mini spoiler ahead, click at your own risk.* How about siblings finding out they're related after so many years? Again...saw this in BoL.Enough with the romance lingo. I read YA romance to get away from the adult stereotypes. As much as I love getting lost in adult romance, there's a reason I step away from it when I've read too much. After a while, they all start blending together. At least with YA romance we don't have to deal with the terminology that we've come to expect as normal in adult romance. And then this book decided to borrow the crap that I was trying to get away from. Terms resembling something like these : "coming apart in my arms," or "his fingers found my folds," and "his big hands moved up my back" NO. STOP IT. No teenage guy is going think the words "came apart in my arms." I feel like sometimes authors get this idea in their head that there's certain catchphrases that need to be used. Borrowing from adult romance is not the way to go.Enough with the self-reflection. Lana's long letter of explanation to Ash sounded like badly reused "after school special" (yes, I know, most people under the age of late 20's/early 30's probably have no clue what I'm talking about). She rambled on about how miserable her life was and how she couldn't trust people, etc. It bordered on cheesy and melodramatic. And I'm guessing most people don't know how to figure themselves out that well on their own. She might as well have been self-diagnosing her problems. I see a future in psychiatry.My last complaint is that I think Beau finally went off the deep end. He was threatening Sawyer that if he so much as RAISED HIS VOICE (try not ever doing this, it's harder than you think), he was going to have to deal with Beau's wrath. Does the following phrase warrant Beau getting riled up? Keep in mind that Sawyer is concerned that his girl has gone missing, so he's a little panicked to begin with."Did you try calling her? Have you called her mom?" I asked Ashton while trying her number again."Don't raise your voice at her. I know you're upset but remember my warning."Talk about trigger happy. Any little thing was going to set Beau off. He took his borderline behavior from the last book and continued it, even though Sawyer wasn't a threat anymore. Way to kill off some of my admiration for you, Beau. It's too bad that these fun stories get interjected with sketchy behavior, bad stereotypes, and repeated plot/character devices. I enjoyed the read but little things kept bugging me here and there. The main thing I'd wish for future books from this author would be to see less focus on what people think is "supposed" to be in a romance book. Instead, I'd rather see a choice made to focus on realism over generic romanticism.