My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have to say I was really impressed - After reading The Vincent Boys (book one) about Beau and Ashton's story, I thought the second story wouldn't be that good - I don't know why I thought that, because I was totally wrong.
He may have given her up without a fight, but Sawyer Vincent is far from over losing the girl he’s loved all of his life. Instead of giving up his best friend and the girl he thought he’d spend forever with, he gave Ashton and his brother Beau his blessing. However, adjusting to seeing Ashton wrapped up in Beau’s arms isn’t easy. Complicating everything even more, Ashton’s cousin Lana is in town for the summer. Sweet, kind, soft-spoken Lana, who gets under his skin. Just being near her makes him forget all about Ashton and his broken heart. Lana is everything he wanted Ashton to be except she isn’t Ashton. She lacks the backbone to stand up for herself and confidence that Ashton wears like a crown.
Lana McDaniel has lived her life in her cousin's shadow. While Lana struggled with her grades no matter how hard she tried, her mother praised Ashton's intelligence. She hadn’t been blessed with Ashton’s blond hair and flawless skin, but that didn't keep her mother from lamenting her naturally red hair and freckles. But none of that would have mattered if Ashton hadn’t always had Sawyer Vincent wrapped around her finger -- the only boy Lana wanted. Once Ashton let Sawyer go, Lana had been so sure that he’d move on. Determined to make Sawyer finally see her, she'd talked her mother into letting her spend the summer with Ashton. But Sawyer is still in love with Ashton, and Lana isn’t going to be anyone's rebound girl. No matter how yummy Sawyer Vincent’s kisses taste.
Sawyer's story is Great! I loved it!
In the last book we saw Sawyer as not a very nice guy. He didn't put Ashton's needs first, didn't do anything about making her not happy with her new attitude, and practically took her away from Beau without talking to Beau first and making things crazy between the two that were really meant to be together..
This book takes place 6 months later, and Sawyer still can't let her go. Sure he stood aside and gave them both his blessing, but it didn't mean it didn't hurt still. He tried to avoid them being together as much as possible - but he did want to try to move on.
After a few heated words with Beau at the field's party, Sawyer, Ethan and Jake took off to go get something to eat. Instead of heading close to a local restaurant, Sawyer headed to the nearest town..
Lana - She is Ash's cousin. She stayed with her last summer when her parent's were going through a difficult time. Now her parents were officially divorced. She couldn't get over Sawyer while she was back home. and now that everyone is graduated from High school, she has arranged to spend her last Summer with Ashton before they head their separate ways off to College.
Lana had gotten herself a make over. She is no longer looking like the little mouse she did last summer. She got her hair cut, a whole new wardrobe,and now wears make up.
Her friend Jewl was giving her a ride to her cousin's house before heading to her beach house where her stepfather lived.
THey stopped at Wings to get a bite to eat, just outside the small town of Alabama that her cousin lived in.
When Sawyer walked in Wings with his friend, he tried flirting with the hostess a little, but after hearing her giggle, he quickly turned the other way. Ash didn't giggle, he hated giggling.
As they walked to the table, he noticed the girl at the bar with the long legs and dark red hair. He didn't think she'd giggle, when Ethan said something to Sawyer loudly, the girl turned her head around, and he really liked what he saw.
He started walking towards their table, when she called out to him.
That's when he recognized her. Lana - Ashton's cousin.
He asked her and her friend Jewel to sit with them. Jewel was the total opposite as Lana. She was beautiful, fun and flirted with everyone.
As the seats were arranged in the booth, Lana found herself sitting next to Ethan, and Jewel was seated between Jake and Sawyer. She wasn't happy about the way Jewel was flirting with Sawyer. She loved her friend, but she was anxious to get to Ash's house and have her friend be on her way to the beach.
Ethan seemed to like Lana though. He was really sweet. So sweet it about drove Sawyer nuts. He couldn't keep Jewel's hands off his thigh, and his eyes off Lana - he couldn't believe that this was the same girl that was here just 6 months ago.
SO they left - Sawyer had offered to bring Lana home so Jewel could be on her way to the beach. Lana was excited about that.
He dropped of Jake and Ethan back at their trucks and took Lana to Ashton's house.
On the way, Lana asked how things were between the three of them. She knew he wouldn't be over Ash, but she had hoped things were ok.
But Sawyer still saw Lana as a girl that helped Ash and Beau out in the field last Summer when she lied for her.
The rest of the ride was quiet until they got to the house.
..... "She's an idiot... for what it's worth," I couldn't believe I'd just said that.
Sawyer swung his attention back to me. "You think so?"
Sawyer took a step closer to me... "You think I'm a better choice than Beau? Hes' the bad one, the Dangerous one. Girls like bad boys." he took another step closer. his eyes never leaving their study of my lips.
Forcing myself to remain calm, I responded, "Not all girls."
He raised his hand and gently ran the pad of his thumb over my bottom lip "they're as soft as they look... maybe softer," he whispered, then he lowered his head and before I could take a calming breath his mouth was on mine.
The relationship between Lana and Sawyer heated up pretty quickly. This is a new Sawyer. not the same polite and easy going Sawyer we knew from the last book. This Sawyer is tired of being hurt, and for some reason he couldn't explain, Lana made him forget about Ash, and he felt a powerful draw to Lana. He acted like a teenage guy in Lust should. And it was great getting to know him :)
Loved this book - it's a great series and I really recommend it. I don't think it's a "young adult" book though... But it's still going on my favorite shelf :)
If you missed my review for book one "The Vincent Boys" Check it out :)