Deal Breakers, Laura Lee
Deal Breakers, Laura Lee
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, New Adult.
Well, this was a fun filled read for me. I loved the characters, Riley and his friend Brody, Devyn, her brother Drew and her friend Rainey. they felt real and that’s essential for me, I need to feel that what happens and who it involves could be real. Then there’s Nathan, he’s cute, so funny at times but…the language joke wore off quickly for me.
Riley – right from the first he wanted Devyn, but she made it clear friendship was all that was on offer, and they stayed incredibly close throughout college. Riley’s always got a girl on his arm ( or in his bed) but they know its only ever short term, and that Devyn always comes first. I could feel that connection between them even though they’re just friends, it feels as though they are meant to be together. Then when Devyn asks him to take her virginity after they graduate he really pulls out the stops. She just wants to get it over and done with and she trusts Riley, but he makes it an incredible day and night, so romantic and I adored him for it.
Fast forward five years and he’s never found anyone to match up to Devyn, Brody calls her the “magic pussy” and he changes jobs and moves to be closer to her, or where she was last, to see if he can find her and reconnect. Through a series of coincidences he finds her quickly, and there’s a huge shock in store for him. I had a little struggle here – he’s supposed to be this super intelligent man and yet even when all the facts are laid out, along with the knowledge of Devyn he has he still can’t add things up. How thick is the guy?? I so liked him for what he did for Devyn that last night, then he behaved like a jerk, though I understood it was just a fear reaction, and then this. Brought him down a lot in my estimation.
Jackson, Devyn’s boyfriend was a nice guy but…he and Devyn just didn’t have that spark, that chemistry she had with Riley. I felt for him, he was trying, but he was just not the right person and when Riley came on the scene that was so clear. He wasn’t giving in easily though and there were some jealous moments between him and Riley.
Its a fun read, romantic at times, poignant at others and with a lead in Devyn whose a very believable, practical and strong person. I lied her, she didn’t collapse under the pressure even though she was still young, but knuckled down and with her friend and brother made things work. We need leads like her, who show that though its great having the right man in your life ( or woman of course if that’s what you want) it’s still possible to have fun and a good life independently. I would have liked the sad parts, the times when things seemed to be going wrong, to have been longer, mostly they seemed to be little things, misunderstood calls etc. plus of course the big one but we don’t deal with that really until Riley is back on the scene. Still, its a great story and I’ll look for more from Laura.
Stars: Four, a fun and realistic romance.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers