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- ASIN : B00K43U5MQ
- Publication date : May 3, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2473 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,897 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So Cole and Viv have been doing the semi-friends with benefits for 2 years now and just as he's coming to terms with maybe wanting more outside the bedroom, she is tired of his bs and him making her look like the idiot she isn't. I gotta say Cole pissed me off plenty (listening to the loser band manager, buying into his own hype, not seeing Viv for the amazing woman she would become sooner) for at least half this book but then he turned around and not only pulled his head out of his rear but began to use his brain to see the big picture with the band as well as the girl. He then decided to take some action. Yay!
While Cole is getting it together, Viv is trying to make sense of the draw she has to him. It makes her feel stupid which I can't blame her. She hasn't been with anyone since their SFWB started (not happy about that actually). So she finally gets a great job and things go on from there...
Loved how the band's drama was incorporated into this. Loved how we got to see Jordan and Mays as well as Garrett and a tiny bit of Riley. Looking forward to the Gracie & MItch's story next.
The last thing I will say is this series isn't meant to be life altering or give the reader a book hangover. It's meant to be fun and light which I think it accomplishes. I don't always want a big ugly cry (Reclaiming the Sand or FYITD) or a heavy read so I appreciate that someone I've read and know I can trust to write a complete story is offering me, the reader, both. I will absolutely read anything she puts out. And no, I don't know her. Her work speaks for itself.
Meanwhile, the band was on tour, as the opening act of another established band, and they were touring for six months all over the States, so they were finally beginning to hit it big, at big venues. They also started to have problems with their egos, especially Cole and Jordan, who wanted to shine more than the band, and their manager was stoking the fires.
Vivian and Cole broke up after another of their infamous fights, this time for real on Vivian's side. She knew she needed something real. Cole was being sort of faithful but didn't show it. And we got to the crux of the book, where they had to put on their big girl panties and grow up. Cole, through his selfish behavior and grandstanding, was about to lose his girlfriend and his bandmates. He wanted everything and was about to lose everything. Vivian was trying to get interested in another man, but he wasn't Cole.
It was very interesting to see their development into maturity and to read about their feelings. I felt so sorry about Cole in many scenes, he was wallowing in loneliness. He was like his own enemy, he wanted his friends and he wanted his girlfriend but he was sorta clueless how to get to his happy place. José, the manager, didn't help matters because he was pushing Cole in the wrong direction and was very convincing. Vivian knew what she wanted but she had not much hope. The author did a great job, fixing all the situations and showing their thought processes as they grew up, but without boring the heck out of me with excessive introspection. The dialogue was great, the pace was great and I liked the book very much.
Viv was pretty shallow, obsessed about her hair/clothes and having men appreciate her body. She laments the fact that no one appreciates her for her mind, but why would they when doesn't give them a reason?
Cole refers to himself as a douchebag often, and he is! His ego is crazy, he treats women like dirt (not just Viv, but all the women he uses to make her jealous), and drives his bandmates crazy by hogging the spotlight. I only sort of liked him at the end.
The band turmoil worked at first, then seemed kind of forced. Cole's 180 with Jose near the end didn't quite ring true, and I didn't buy that Garrett would be ok with Cole's ditching the band that easily.
The end was sweet, but I honestly don't see Viv and Cole together forever. The epilogue was used mostly as a segue for Mitch and Gracie's book (which I will probably read).
Top reviews from other countries
But this book was about more than just a messed up relationship. It was about trying to find your way in the world as an adult and making the right choices when others are ther influencing you. It’s about the fact there is always someone out there waiting to make things sh*tty in someone’s life so they can swoop in and take advantage when you’re at your weakest point.
But most of all it was about the importance of true friendship and about just how fragile it can be. But love is love and if you’ve got it then it can conquer all. No matter how much Chaos surrounds it.
It's been two years with Cole and Vivian having sex on and off. In the last six months, Cole hasn't had sex with anyone but Vivian although he has kissed other women (to make Vivian jealous). Vivian has only ever been with Cole in the last two years but she is starting to realise how stupid he makes her look when he is with other women. She also comes to realise they never really talk much and that Cole doesn't know her likes or dislikes, so for this reason she calls time on their 'arrangement'.
There is trouble with Cole's band The Generation Rejects which puts a strain on his relationships with the other band members. In the midst of all this Cole realises Vivian means something to him. Vivian gets a good job and her client asks her out. He was a lovely guy. I actually wished she had ended up with him!
There is not much sex in this book but some crude talk from Cole. I just never really cared about either of them really. This didn't feel like a love story at all. We learn that in the two years Cole has been having sex with Vivian he has learnt nothing about her. Apparently she has a scar on her chest and although he has kissed it many times he has never asked how she got it. He doesn't know her middle name, her favourite food, her favourite colour. None of this endeared me to him. He just seemed selfish and full of himself so when he suddenly decides he's in love with Vivian it didn't really make much sense and I didn't feel their love at all, nor their passion.
When he tries to win Vivian back she tells him she doesn't know how it can work or how she can trust him. We don't find out how they do make it work as suddenly we're six months later in the epilogue and all is rosy.
The other characters from the previous books feature although strangely, not Riley so much. We find out in this book that Gracie and Mitch have sex but then she tells him she can't be with him so he now has a new girlfriend who by the end he has been with for well over six months but apparently still gives Gracie looks of longing. The next book will be about these two.
I find it a shame that Bad Rep was so good but the subsequent books are not living up to my expectations. This book was on offer for less than a pound, so I don't feel like I wasted my money but I was disappointed with this offering but I'm hoping Gracie and Mitch's story can recapture some of the magic I read in Bad Rep.
Vivian is a promiscuous young girl who loves sex and her boyfriend who is not really a boyfriend material, neither he is really her boyfriend. Cole is a truly bad boy, highly sexed man whore. They love and hate each other. This extreme passion makes them feel alive hence they drift towards each other in spite of on-going fights. This is what gets their juices going as they are both egocentric and attention seeking individuals. The special connection they share is seductive to read about and equally entertaining. I like that Viv is that promiscuous girl who simply loves sex and indulges in it as often as she can. She is a bit of a slut, yet she does stick to Cole exclusively. She is missing depth of the relationship hence they hit the rock bottom of the relationship. Will they survive it? Will they sail through the rocks into their sunset and happily ever after? It would be so predictable wouldn't it if they did....
I do find both characters rather one dimensional at the beginning. They live on junk foods, use raw language and party a lot. I would prefer to see some long term ambitions for Viv. Why not create promiscuous girl who is also smart and equally successful at work. Someone with two personas; night fly and day butterfly with successful career. That would be a better package. She does kind of make it there eventually, although still comes across as rather shallow girl. Cole has a music talent and daddy issues. He uses faul language all the time which does not make him look particularly smart, neither intellectual. Why not create a character who is actually able to express himself using a little bit more sophisticated vocabulary when the situation requires it. They both would be so much cooler if they actually eat a bit more healthy, read books and participate in cultural life of their community. He is a musician after all. Doesn't he need inspiration and food for thoughts occasionally? They both love contrast and this heated love-hate relationship. Hence, having contrasting interests such as drinking beer in the bars, having passionate sex, using faul language balanced with 'healthy' spells of nutritious food and more intellectually stimulating lives, would make them more interesting characters.
It was good to return and learn a little bit more about characters from two other books within the series (Bad Rep & Perfect Regret). Glad to hear Jordan Levitt is not ideal and perfect as he was portrayed in Bad Rep. He certainly gained more personality! Would love to hear a bit more how is Riley doing in her new relationship with Garrett.
I have read all books by this author. I think she is a diverse author and moves between fairly shallow, yet entertaining stories to stories that one thinks about for days. I certainly prefer Reclaiming Sand and Find Me in the Dark (series) that touch on serious problems like depression, psychiatric conditions, autism and difficult childhood. These stories matter! They are the stories that deserve 5 star rating. I would love to hear more about how the characters are doing in their new circumstances. Would Reclaiming Sand become a series?
It was great to catch up with Jordan, Maysie , Riley and my favourite Garrett. The story of Cole and Viivian is a rollercoaster of arguments and making up, combined with stubborn attitudes and ideas from both of them. The troubles with the band are realistic and keep the story moving well. Must admit really liked Theo and seeing how Gracie and Mitch are doing ready for their book.
Overall a good read but did enjoy the first two more.