Title: The Vincent Brothers
Author: Abbi Glines
Publication date: June 3rd 2012
My rating: 5 stars
Sawyer has always been the one for Lana. Ever since they were childhood playmates, it was always Sawyer and Lana against Beau and Ash. When Beau and Ash would torment her, Sawyer would come to Lana's rescue. She's nursed a long-time crush and had to watch Ash and Sawyer together for three years, knowing Ash didn't fully appreciate him. Sawyer's always been the right Vincent Boy in her mind. Now that things are over between Ash and Sawyer, Lana visits, hoping to finally catch Sawyer's eye.
Remember prim, proper, and polite Sawyer from The Vincent Boys, with all his polite and chaste kisses for Ash? Well after Ashton breaks up with him to be with Beau, Sawyer goes through a bit of a change. When Sawyer catches sight of Lana, he's beside himself. Was Lana always this sexy and tempting? And why should he resist now that Ash has broken up and moved on? A new plan of distraction and fun forms in Sawyer's head, and if Ash is jealous, well that's just a fringe benefit. (jerk!) Lana brings out in Sawyer what Ash never did. She stirs up overpowering feelings and desires he never knew he had. Here's a sample of what Lana does to Sawyer:
Sawyer:"You think I'm a better choice than Beau? He's the bad one, you know. The dangerous one. Girls like bad boys."-----I shivered as he took another step closer, his eyes never leaving their study of my lips……Forcing myself to remain calm, I responded, "Not all girls." "Hmmm…" He raised his hand and gently ran the pad of his thumb over my bottom lip. I mentally imagined biting his thumb and pulling it into my mouth to suck but I didn't. Instead, I just stopped breathing. "They are as soft as they look….maybe softer," he whispered, then he lowered his head and before I could take a calming breath his mouth was on mine.
What starts out as no more than a distraction in Sawyer's mind, quickly turns into something else, something more. Oh my!! Sawyer is far from perfect in this story and he screws up a number of times. I wanted to smack some sense into that boy, but turns out I didn't have to. With every stupid action he makes, he counters it with a heart-stopping, sweet and loving one. Sawyer notices that Lana is closed off and doesn't easily confide in people, and he wants to be the one she confides in, the one who comforts and protects her. So much for just a summer distraction!
Even though I couldn't help but fall for Sawyer, Lana is the one that steals my heart in this story. She is so sweet, understanding, and innocent. Never bitter, even though in my opinion, she has reason to be. Lana having to hear and deal with her parent's messy divorce, broke my heart. They cared more about themselves than her well being. No child should be put in the middle of bickering parents. Don't even get me started on the Dad! He failed Lana miserably! Ugh!! To me, she should've been angry with Ash a couple of times, but she never blamed her.
I was a little afraid to read this because I loved The Vincent Boys so much, I didn't want anything to mess with Beau and Ash's story. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I loved this story as much, or maybe even a bit more than The Vincent Boys. I didn't think I could love Sawyer as much as Beau, but I was wrong. As an added bonus we get a perfect epilogue that make you sigh and go awww. Abbi Glines also posted a bonus extra scene, you can find it on her blog here. So if you haven't read The Vincent Boys or The Vincent Brothers, what are you waiting for? Go, go, go!!