Speed Date with Mickey: THE LONESOME YOUNG by Lucy Connors

Posted 27 March, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 15 Comments

YA Contemporary Romance
336 pages, hardcover
Expected publication: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
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.


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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15 Responses to “Speed Date with Mickey: THE LONESOME YOUNG by Lucy Connors”

  1. Sometimes predictable works and the Hatfields and McCoys is an interesting twist for forbidden love. Glad the smooching was good and I must say I appreciate a man who knows what to do with his hands. Great review Mary!

  2. I love the look of this cover too, and the couple looks makes the romance look pretty swoon-worthy. Glad the know the date and smooching went well. I love the fact that this has a Hatfields-McCoys vibe to it and even if it was a bit predictable, it still sounds like a fun read. Great review Mary 🙂

  3. “There’s something comforting in the sameness.”

    YES! I feel the exact same way Mary. There are definitely times where I just want an entertaining read, something to make me laugh or swoon, and it doesn’t need to blow my mind with its creativity. This sounds like that kind of story, and I’m all for a Southern boy smooch-fest so count me in:)

  4. I would have never thought this was YA from the cover.

    And yeah – sometime sa good old comfort book is what we need 🙂

  5. I wasn’t sure whether I should request this one exactly because of the reasons you talked about–the guy seemed sort of stereotypical? But southern boys can be pretty charming! And the Romeo & Juliet thing can be good if it’s done well.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  6. I read “Justified” and everything else ceased to exist. That’s not true. I saw “Hatfields and McCoys” too. Times like this, I’m glad I haven’t read a whole lot of contemporary romance 😉

  7. Hmm. The fact that this book doesn’t offer anything new, doesn’t make me want to pick it up. Except when you said this “I do like a good Southern boy smootch-fest every once in a while. There’s something comforting in the sameness.” Sometimes you just want comfort food. Or a comfort kiss. So maybe when I need a good palate cleanser, this would be a good choice.