Date(s) read: January 3, 2013
Genre: New Adult
There was something wicked about Beau that drew me to him. What was wrong with me? Why did I want to sin so badly?
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…
Even though the genre has just been introduced in the past months (though I’m sure it’s been around for much longer), I still feel pretty new to the “new adult” genre. However, I have liked everything I’ve read, so when I see stellar reviews for a book that not only features falling in love, but also some sexy romance, I immediately try to find myself a copy.
The Vincent Boys is one of those books that everyone seems to be talking about. When I started reading it, I could see why. The Vincent boys – i.e. Beau and Sawyer Vincent, cousins – are very swoonworthy. I loved seeing the triangle between them and the main character Ashton. Normally, I’m not a love triangle kind of person, but this is one that I was rooting for. There were times I wanted Ashton to be with Sawyer, and times where I wanted her to be with Beau. Eventually I made up my mind, but I’d rather not share that – I’d rather YOU made up your mind, too.
The story flows fairly fast and is a very quick read. The plot is there and is mainly about Ashton and how she seems to be hiding the person she used to be because she wants to be the girl she thinks Sawyer wants. That, and she is also the pastor’s daughter, so her life isn’t free of complications. I loved Beau as the “bad boy” of the town and it only seemed fitting that Ashton would find herself falling for him. There was also a few other characters we got to meet – I hated Nicole and thought she was truly evil, I really loved Lana and thought it was sweet how she formed a relationship with Ashton, and I also loved Kayla, who we don’t get to see much, but I do hope we see more of her in the second installment of the series.
The only thing that really held me back while reading this story is the editing. Since I’ve read a few works by indie authors, I’ve read varying amounts of editing and usually the story is enough to get me through the poor quality. I’m happy to say that I was able to push through that in this book because I had to see where Ashton’s story was going to go, but the lack of editing was appalling – missed periods, missed commas, and just a lack of punctuation in general. I had read the ebook version, so I’m not sure what the paperback version looks like. Hopefully the mistakes were fixed up because I found it very distracting.
However, the story was very sweet and full of love complications that I’m sure have happened to some in their teenage years. It was nice to not see the whole “insta-love” theme (or annoyance, as I like to call it) happening in the story; instead, Ashton, Beau, and Sawyer had all been friends going up. It was refreshing to see a story where they all knew each other’s quirks and habits, rather than seeing two people come together too quickly, ready to die for one another right away.
This is a great introduction to the New Adult genre and I really look forward to reading The Vincent Brothers, the next book in the series.