Title: The Vincent Boys
Author: Abbi Glines
Published: October 30th, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Find the Author: Goodreads
I borrowed this book as part of Sister Book Swap! As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.
Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent.
Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.
Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.
Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist…
When Sophie gave me this book as our first Sister Book Swap, I was torn on what type of read this would be since my usual picks are YA that aren’t typically on the border of New Adult. I had heard great things about Abbi’s writing, so ultimately I had high hopes for The Vincent Boys.
Ashton Gray is far from perfect, but that’s the destiny she chose to follow. As a kid, she was always causing havoc with her best friends Beau and Sawyer Vincent (who were cousins), but more closely Beau who she used to have the most fun pranking people with. Fast forward years later and Ashton is far from the girl she used to be. She’s carved herself into the flawless Preacher’s daughter who wouldn’t dare step out of line, and with the charming and ever-so-perfect Sawyer by her side, Ashton thought she had it all.
Beau Vincent is the town’s bad boy. Aside from the occasional sentence and favour, Beau and Ashton strayed apart from their younger, wild days. Whereas Beau stays out drinking and hanging out with his girlfriend Nicole, Ashton felt neglected and alone since Sawyer was away. She knew he’d be back soon, but then she’d just have to keep up the act of the good girl for even longer. Beau was the only one who knew that she wasn’t really like that, and when they reconnect suddenly, she starts to peal away the layer of fake Ash and let the real one shine. . .but that lands her right in Beau’s arms.
Ash and Beau’s romance is fiery and complicated. They both know they like each other, he can only be a better person with her and she can only be herself when she’s with him. They go to extreme measures to keep their sordid liaison a secret, but when Sawyer returns and heated Nicole catches on, everything comes crashing down.
Complex, enchanting and lively, The Vincent Boys was a whirlwind of a novel. From the shocking twists to the fights to romance, there was never a dull moment. The characters seemed so real to me and both Ashton and Beau’s POV’s were both riveting and clear-cut to their unique voices. I loved getting to know the world of characters and can’t wait to see how this novel floods into the next in the series. A definite, unexpected five-star read.
Older YA and NA romance fans!
|Sophie from 23 Review Street sent over these questions to go with my review from what I thought about the characters to my thoughts on the plot!
Both Beau and Sawyer are different in many ways, which one is your favourite and why?
I think Beau was my favourite by far, but that might change when I hear things from Sawyer’s POV when I read the next novel. To me, I think reading about Ash and Beau bonded them in my mind and Sawyer to me didn’t stand out as much. So definitely Beau.
The Vincent Boys is a NA, do you think it is a genre that you would like to read more of?
Even though I loved this book, not all NA appeals to me. I tend to stray away from the hot-paced NA romances and lean toward more sweeter novels, but it’s definitely a genre I’m inclined to read.
My favourite character would have to be Ashton, who would you say your favourite is and why?
I think I agree, Ashton was my favourite. She went through a lot trying to pretend to be this perfect Preacher’s daughter that everyone wanted her to be and the struggle that she went through to reveal what she had done and suffer the consequences and bullying at school was heartbreaking. Having the courage to dust herself off and be happy made her favourite character worthy by far.
Abbi Glines has wrote many series, The Vincent Boys/Brothers is one. Would you be more inclined to read more of her books now that you have read this one?
I loved Abbi’s writing so I would be up for reading another one of her books, more especially the next in the series.
So that was our first Sister Book Swap!
Check out Sophie’s post here for Roomies.
What did you think of The Vincent Boys?
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