Description via Amazon:
After the death of her parents, Robbie Byrne is put in foster care where she meets her exact opposite, Luc Cintrone. Abandoned as a small child, Luc is a foul-mouthed rebel who takes it upon himself to be her defender, whether she likes it or not. As they grow up, they fumble through their different roles in each other’s lives—family, confidants and then, ultimately, lovers.
Just as the couple is settling into their newfound relationship, they encounter a beautiful lawyer, Payten, who is immediately taken by Luc’s rough edges. But he denies her, making him absolutely irresistible in her eyes. Payten is a woman who has grown accustomed in her privileged life in obtaining whatever she wants, no matter the cost or sacrifice. And she is fairly confident Luc will eventually see things her way… one way or another.
This was a very enjoyable read for me. The storyline begins as a typical good girl/bad boy love story but it becomes darker and more dramatic as it progresses through the second half.
In the first half of the book, the author takes us through the main characters’ childhood and adolescent phases together. They grew up in the foster care system and have stuck together since they were 12. Robbie is aware of her feelings for Luc early on, while Luc ignores his feelings for Robbie until adulthood. In the second half, we’re introduced to Payten, a sinister character who will go to great lengths to win over Luc’s attention and affection.
I liked the storyline because though it was the typical good girl/bad boy scenario, I enjoyed the plot twists that unfolded in the second half. There were a few things that bothered me about the story though, hence the grade of a solid C.
I didn’t like that Robbie and Luc lived with the same foster family and stayed close for the next 10 years. This scenario gives them a sort of brother-sister relationship rather than a friendly-romantic relationship. For them to stick together and look out for each other for so long, without ever having time away from each other, it makes it hard to believe that they could have admired each other romantically from afar. I wish there was a separation period early on, where they realized how much they really loved each other before actually getting together.
Also, in the second half, the dramatics were over the top! It was one crazy thing after another, though I did enjoy the twists and surprises, it was just too much.