Monday, October 1, 2012
Down to You by M. Leighton
Title: Down to You
Author: M. Leighton
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance- Please be advised that this book is NOT YA friendly, not even in a New Adult category!
The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not.
Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white.
But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.
Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her.
Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.
Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them.
Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire.
She wants them both.
And they want her.
How will she ever choose between them?
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This book was just "okay" to me. I found myself having issue with how Olivia behaved quite often and I didn't particularly like her very much. The "twist" ending was obvious from nearly the start and I didn't like it at all (more on that later).
Olivia is a bartender and a student who lives with her cousin, Marissa. Marissa is a huge bitch who constantly puts down Olivia and treats her like garbage. Marissa has no redeeming qualities at all. She's evil just for the sake of being evil for no apparent reason.
Marissa has a boyfriend named Nash, and instantly Olivia is attracted to him and wishes she could have a boyfriend like him. She ruminates OFTEN about how she would love a boyfriend JUST LIKE NASH because he's SO AWESOME. Nash gets Olivia a job working at his twin brother's bar (and the twin is named... CASH... UGH).
Nash is supposedly awesome because he has a job and is a nice guy (and also really hot). Olivia also has a thing for Cash, because he's hot and rides a motorcycle and is a "bad boy." She claims she has a thing for bad boys and just can't keep herself away from them. So she starts a relationship (sorta) wish Cash. Cash is very sweet to her, a monster in the sack, helps her with her broken down car, helps her with her dad's ranch when her dad is in trouble, and acts like an all around nice guy. Even so, Olivia complains internally the entire time because she wants a "nice guy" like Nash.
Olivia also flirts like crazy with Nash, which doesn't really seem to bug her that much despite him having a girlfriend (WHO HAPPENS TO BE HER COUSIN). If a guy is in a committed relationship and is flirting with you, he's probably a douchebag and probably isn't the "nice perfect guy" you think he is.
However, Olivia doesn't see that. She keeps pining after Nash while banging Cash.
Then comes the twist that I saw from probably around chapter 5?
SPOILERS AFTER HERE!
I'm not a big fan of historical romances, but I absolutely LOVE Virginia Henley's "The Pirate and the Pagan." I don't like the rest of her books that much, but that one is my absolute favorite. Maybe because of that book I was able to pick up on the twist so quickly.
The twist is...
Cash and Nash are the same person. When Olivia finds this out, she is upset. She's not upset that she was sleeping with her cousin's boyfriend though. That doesn't seem to bother her that much. She doesn't seem overly concerned with the entire thing for very long at all. Yeah, she got mad for a few days, but when Cash came and said "I broke it off with Marissa" she jumped right back in to a relationship with him - happy because she now has her "perfect" guy (the "nice" guy Nash mixed with the "bad" boy Cash).
The reason behind the deception was so convoluted and silly, I still don't even really understand it. Then the book ends with a huge "TO BE CONTINUED" dun dun dunnnnnnn!!!
I am giving it two stars instead of one because I enjoyed a lot of it. The ending was REALLY weak and Olivia's behavior was annoying as hell, but it was a quick and easy read and I liked parts of the storyline. I'd be curious to see other stuff written by this author, but I wasn't very impressed by this book.
2 of 5 stars.
Link to Kala's review on Goodreads: