Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.
Anything to Have You
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

Natalie and Brooke have had each other's backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can't remember and Brooke's boyfriend, Aiden, can't forget. Suddenly there's a question mark in Natalie and Brooke's friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.

Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

My rating: 3.35 of 5 stars

Anything to Have You(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Natalie doesn’t go out much, but agrees to go along to a party with her best friend Brooke. Only to wake up the next morning in bed with Brooke’s boyfriend Aiden.
Suffering from a blackout, and having no idea who she actually had sex with, she convinces herself that it wasn’t Aiden, it was another boy who she’d kissed earlier in the night.
Things aren’t right between Natalie and Aiden though, and she knows that she’s developing feelings for him, even though he’s her best friend’s boyfriend.
Who did Natalie have sex with? And if Brooke loves Aiden, why is she out trying to get attention from other boys?

This was an okay story, but it took a while to get interesting for me.

Natalie was an interesting character, but I was surprised at the way she just accepted a blackout, and didn’t seem bothered about not knowing who she’d had sex with! I did like her point of view better than the parts that were from Brooke’s point of view, but I didn’t really love her. There wasn’t really all that much flirting or anything between Natalie and Aiden, and although she obviously had a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend, she was actually pretty good at not acting on it. For all that Natalie was worrying about the fact that she had feelings for Aiden, Brooke was out feeling up other blokes anyway, so to say anything about Aiden cheating on her was a bit hypocritical.

The storyline was okay, but it took me a while to really get into the story. The beginning of the book was just one big conversation/argument, and wasn’t all that engaging really. I was also not impressed when the point of view switched from Natalie to Brooke, as I didn’t really like Brooke, and wanted more of Natalie’s story, which was left on a bit of a cliff-hanger.
There were some twists in the story, but they were pretty obvious to be honest, and I saw them coming a mile off. The romance bits were okay, but other than the odd line of dirty talk weren’t exactly exciting. Considering the title there wasn’t exactly much desperation or trying at all on Natalie’s part to get Aiden to leave Brooke for her.
The ending was okay, and we did get a happy ever after, although I’m not 100% how realistic it was. The ending was probably the best part of the book, just because I like seeing the poop hit the fan, but overall this was just okay for me.
Overall; okay story, but took a while to get going.
6.75 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm sounds like this book was a bit all over the place :\ Great review though, can definitely see where you're coming from!