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I loved this book
Sydney, the main character, has a hard heart entombed in ice. She's bitter, jaded, and definitely not one of those "happily ever after" kind of girls. She reminded me of myself when I was in high school and part of my very early twenties.
Amelia is Sydney's best friend, and the total opposite. Amelia believes in fairy-tale romances and being swept off her feet. She's definitely a fascinating person, and she reminded me a lot of myself in present day.
Sydney and Amelia spend summer vacation in Malibu, ready to party and just have fun. Things start off pretty well for the pair, with Amelia stepping out of her comfort zone and Sydney doing what makes her happy: sleeping with whatever guy tickles her fancy. One-night stands and no strings attached. That's perfect for Sydney.
Enter Jason and Hunter, surfing buddies and best friends. These two guys, when they meet Sydney and Amelia, change everything. For Amelia, that's a good thing. For Sydney, not so much.
She refuses to accept that Jason can't just be another meaningless hookup for her. Love doesn't exist, after all. But Jason plans to make Sydney believe, no matter what.
Ok, so, I have to say that I liked the book, but I also found it extremely frustrating. Mostly because of Sydney. She was stubborn, bull-headed, very jaded, and also very slutty. She didn't believe love was something that existed because of things that happened in her past. She was content hooking up with random guys, using them for sex, then leaving them behind. Her justification was, if guys can do it to girls, why couldn't she turn the tables and be the one to have all the control? While I understood why her character felt that way, it got to be quite annoying at times. I couldn't really connect with her, and I even started to hate her at times. In the end, she sort of redeemed herself, but my, oh, my, she was a tough character to care about.
I did like the characters of Amelia, Jason, and Hunter. Amelia was this sort of naive little thing, but she had a heart of gold and just wanted to find herself a sweet gentlemanly guy who would love her. It was super cute, and Hunter was definitely the right guy for her. He fit the bill perfectly. Jason also had the nice guy thing going for him, and he also had the patience of a saint. Dealing with Sydney and persuing her the way he did... he deserves a gold medal for that.
Plot-wise, it flowed nicely at a steady pace. There were some grammatical errors here and there, and a few word choices I wasn't too sure about (example: Veronica's Secret rather than Victoria's Secret), but overall, it wasn't a bad read. Even with Sydney's reputation of sleeping around, there wasn't a lot of sex in the story. Just enough to make romance fans happy, I think.
Overall, I'd rate Shades of Sydney 3.5 stars. A decent read, mostly likeable characters, good plot, and only a few minor errors here and there. if you enjoy romance novels that aren't all sugary and have a very bitter main character, give Brittney Coon's debut novel a chance. You may be surprised by how much you like it.
Shades of Sydney is the first book in the Sydney Wet series by Brittney Coon. It introduces us to a whole new type of heroine. Sydney had a rough upbringing and as a result she does't believe in love or happily ever after. Love doesn't exist and all men want is a good time. So she intends to give them exactly that. In fact, she fully intends to be a cat lady when casually hooking up with guys at clubs is no longer appealing.
Sydney and her best friend, Amelia, go to her family's beach house for the summer of their lives. The girls plan to do nothing but drink, party, surf, and hook up with strangers. Too bad that plan is crushed when they meet two guys at the beach, Jason and Hunter. Amelia is instantly smitten with Hunter and it isn't long before the two are in an exclusive relationship and Amelia is looking up wedding dresses.
But things are different with Sydney and Jason. She thinks he is gorgeous and after some bumps in the road, she sleeps with him. The only problem is that Jason doesn't view her as a quick lay. He is interested in a relationship (nice role reversal) while Sydney can't sneak out of his house fast enough.
Despite everything she has ever believed about love, Jason begins to get under her skin. Sydney is desperately trying to figure out if he is a fungus or maybe something more...Will he crack the ice queen's heart? Will Sydney let him in or will she continue to push him too far? Is the rock star coming into town going to be too big of a temptation for her? Will Sydney's antics push him away?
It took me a moment to warm up to Sydney. She initially comes off hard and uncaring. But you soon realize that this is a shield. There was so much tragedy in her past that Sydney doesn't know how else to get through the day. Before long, you find your heart breaking for her and rooting for Jason. Plus, girl walks around in at least 5 inch heels on a daily basis. That is not easy to do!
Jason is basically the definition of a book boyfriend. He has rippling muscles that are either glistening with ocean water or bursting out of his shirt. But it's more than that. He is patient with Sydney which is what she really needs. Sydney even acknowledges that he is the only boy who tried to see her again after sex. Imagine what that must feel like for her. No one else tried to be with her in any other form. It makes sense why she thinks the way she does.
Even though Sydney is a sexual person, the book is not overly graphic. It doesn't actually cross the erotic line but they are still there. Coon weaves them in throughout the story in such a way that they aren't rushed, ignored, or textbook. If you aren't familiar with the club scene then there may be one or two surprises that you weren't prepared for.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for number 2. It is already out and I hope to be reviewing it soon. Follow the blog to stay updated with Sydney West.
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Wow what a book. At first I didn't like Sydney she came across as a bit of a cold hearted b*tch, but as the story...Read more