Series: Central College,
Published by Beautifully Broken Books on 09 April 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: Inkslinger PR
Place(s) traveled to: Outside Chicago, Illinois
First Line(s): Central College was supposed to be my new beginning.
Central College Series Order
Book 1: The Only Exception
Book 2: The Only One
I first heard of Magan Vernon when I stumbled upon a Twitter conversation involving her stories. So when an opportunity came up to review The Only Exception I took it. The Only One is a new adult story set on a college campus just outside Chicago and the main character, Monica, has just transferred to get away from some unpleasant memories at her old school and she just wants to lay low. That is until her next door neighbor, Trey, decides he wants to know her better. Which seems innocent enough until you learn that Trey is the governors son and so any relationship would also come with a spotlight. And there is the added difficulty that they have two very different political views.
At the start I found Monica to be a pretty hostile character. She really seemed to fly off the handle on everything and I found it really hard to like her. Trey on the other hand was nothing but sweet and I really don’t know why he kept trying. Although, he wasn’t perfect and he too would sometimes jump to the wrong conclusion which would then lead to a misunderstand and a fight and that whole vicious circle. There was no real conflict in this story just opposing political views (which always came across as preachy to me) and misunderstandings.
Monica was also a bit of a cliched character in that she blushed a lot and that just got old. Trey was refreshing in that he was a virgin so that added some uniqueness to the story. Usually its the girl who is the virgin and desperate not to be as for girls there is this idea that there is something wrong if they are in college and have never had sex. But when its the guy, that stigma doesn’t seem to apply and there is usually some moral choice behind it. But that is a general society complaint and nothing to do with The Only Exception.
Overall, The Only Exception, was a quick read and while I didn’t always agree with the main characters I did find their relationship to be believable. I could have done without the whole political/contraception propaganda as it just seemed to over power the story. I also wish that we had been able to get into Trey’s head a bit as I think it would have really helped to make this story more real. And it may have also painted Monica in a better light as we could have seen just what it was about her that he was attracted to.
As new adult stories go this isn’t one of the most stellar one out there but I have read worse. I think that Vernon shows promise as a writer and do look forward to reading her other stories. I also liked how this one didn’t just focus on sex as is the misconception that is all that new adult is about. Yes this book is a bit sexier than young adult but its not page after page of sexy times either. While I wasn’t head over heels in love with The Only Exception I did enjoy the story and in the end isn’t that what matters.