Series: The Bad Boys,
Also in this series: Up to Me, Everything For Us
Published by Berkley Books on 20 February 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery & Detective, New Adult
Also by this author: Up to Me, Everything For Us, Wild Child, Some Like it Wild
First Line: My head is spinning lightly, but happily.
M. Leighton is one of those authors that has recently been exploding up the charts of Amazon (and other retailers) . She’s one of the latest in a growing line of successful self-published authors to hit it big and then get picked up by a major publishing house. As such I’ve seen her name appear a lot on my Twitter feed and blog reader (RIP Google Reader) and so when I was approached with the opportunity to read and review her book, Down to You, I couldn’t say no.
Down to You is told from three main POVs: Olivia, Cash, and Cash’s twin Nash. Normally I love multiple POV stories but this one just felt a bit uneven and I found it hard to get fully attached to all of the characters. The plot is fairly typical in that the heroine starts to fall for the two guys – one who is the good boy and the other who is considered the bad boy. Its a novel cliche that I both love and hate at the same time. Because we all know that the bad boy is the one that will win out. He’ll change his nefarious ways when he realizes how much he loves the girl and blah, blah, blah. And as the bad boy is going through his change the heroine’s brain is filled with torn and conflicted emotions about how much she cares for each but is just oh so drawn to the boy she shouldn’t.
Love triangles, I am not a fan. They often make my eye go all twitchy. If I could avoid them entirely I would but its becoming more and more difficult as authors and many readers absolutely adore them. So I keep reading them in the hopes that I’ll grow to like them but alas I don’t think that will ever happen. So, as you can imagine there is a big part of this story that I didn’t entirely care for. It also didn’t help that the supposed good boy was also in a relationship (with the heroine’s cousin no less) and I’m really not a fan of those who cheat.
What I did like where those moments when Olivia and Cash were together and if the whole Nash bits could have been cut out I would have enjoyed this book so much more than I did. I liked the overall plot but didn’t like the crazy twist that was added. I get what M. Leighton was trying to do but I just ended up feeling a bit manipulated by it. I also didn’t like how the last chapter which is from an entirely different POV than all the rest of the book and adds this sinister element/cliff hanger in which the entire purpose is to force the reader to read the next book. What I dislike more than cliff hangers, WTF plot moments that come out of no where.
I don’t mind romantic suspense novels. In fact, I quite enjoy them. I just feel that the whole suspense aspect could have been better woven into the story. Or even saved for the next book. As it was I felt a bit manipulated once again and so while I enjoyed Down to You there were always these little things that kept me from falling head over heels with it as so many others that I know have done. At this point I am a bit unsure on if I want to continue on with the series or not. There is no burning desire to find out what happens next but I am curious to see where things go. I am torn and as I have an ever growing Mt. TBR pile chances are that reading the sequel, Up to Me, will remain a low priority.