THE LONESOME YOUNG by Lucy Connors
YA Contemporary Romance
336 pages, hardcover
Expected publication: April 8, 2014
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
WHAT HAPPENS when the teenage heirs of two bitterly FEUDING FAMILIES can’t stay away from each other?
The Rhodales and the Whitfields have been sworn enemies for close on a hundred years, with a whole slew of adulterous affairs, financial backstabbing, and blackmailing that’s escalated the rivalry to its current state of tense ceasefire.
IT’S TIME TO LIGHT THE FUSE . . .
And now a meth lab explosion in rural Whitfield County is set to reignite the feud more viciously than ever before. Especially when the toxic fire that results throws together two unlikely spectators—proper good girl Victoria Whitfield, exiled from boarding school after her father’s real estate business melts down in disgrace, and town motorcycle rebel Mickey Rhodale, too late as always to thwart his older brothers’ dangerous drug deals.
Victoria and Mickey are about to find out the most passionate romances are the forbidden ones.
. . . ON A POWDER KEG FULL OF PENT-UP DESIRE, risk-taking daredevilry, and the desperate actions that erupt when a generation of teens inherits nothing but hate.
FIRST DATE: Well, the cover looks good. Love the pop of patriotic color upon a black and white background. And the couple cuddling…so dramatic. Drama can be good and so can passion — both necessary for a good romance. I lusted after this book because of the cover, much like I’ve lusted after a particularly hot guy in a bar, gazing longingly at him over a pint. And, once he (in this case, the book) was in my hands, I was happy. The smootching was definitely good. He knew how to use his tongue. He knew where to put his hands. We had a lovely make-out session.
SECOND DATE: When we came up for air and started to talk, I realized Mickey was just like so many others out there. Typical bad boy. Tats. Rough past. Bad family. And Victoria? Another pampered princess. *sigh* However, between the tight writing and Justified-esque setting, the story pulled me in. I enjoyed the Hatfields-and-McCoys vibe.
THIRD DATE: A solid story, though not particularly unique. I do like a good Southern boy smootch-fest every once in a while. There’s something comforting in the sameness.
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