Series: Dragonfly #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: June 6, 2013
Format: eBook, 265 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.
Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.
Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.
Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.
Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.
A secret that could permanently change all their lives.
I requested and received an ARC for the second book in this series, Undertow, without realizing it was a sequel. So, of course, I one-clicked this book so I’d be able to better understand and review the second book.
I have incredibly conflicting feelings about this book. I really wanted to like it. Summer love with a hint of mystery? Sign me up. But, I had a hard time getting into this one. The mystery wasn’t as mysterious as I was led to believe, the love triangle kind of annoyed me and I just found myself having a really difficult time connecting to any of the characters.
“Julian drifted into my mind. He was different, and I was different with him – not desperate. Calm and smart. But my insides didn’t work that way. They were torn and obsessed, and I still wanted Jack. He was a bad drug that left me craving more even when it hurt me.”
Anna was the kind of main female character that makes me want to throw things. She was wishy-washy and weak. She was more than willing to shove aside her hot, sweet friend (Julian) in favor of the mysterious, sexy, rich guy (Jack)… except in those moments when she was jealous of her friend and his other girls. But then he would make a play for her and she’d shove him aside. It got rather tiresome. The heart wants what the heart wants, but it wasn’t the heart that was in question here. It was parts a little lower than that.
“My legs trembled, and I just wanted him. All of him. I didn’t care if it was a huge mistake. I didn’t care if it made me weak and pathetic. I hated myself, but my need to have him was stronger than my need to hurt him.”
Jack bothered me. I never once got the feeling that he actually cared for Anna. I can get behind the “I want her/him, but I know I can’t have her/him, but I still want to sample the goods from time to time” mentality. That’s not what I got from him at all. I think he liked the power he knew he had over her, but that there were no true feelings, aside from simple lust, driving his actions. Of course, Anna let him continue to get away with it, so can you fully blame him? More than “let him,” she pretty much begged him to take things further, even though he flat-out told her they would never be more than what they were. It was all very frustrating to me.
Julian was absolutely swoon-worthy. He was the kind of guy that made you want to grab the heroine, shake her a few times and try to make her realize what an idiot she was being. Julian was sweet, hot, artistic. He had a really sexy side, too. He actually cared about Anna. He was patient with her. More patient than I was as she continued to throw herself at the guy who clearly didn’t give a damn about her.
The other characters just kind of blended into the background for me. Truthfully, I felt virtually nothing for them. I actually found myself far more interested in what occurred in the past than what was happening in the present. I wanted to know more about the history of Julian’s mom and Jack’s dad. It looks like I’ll get that in the next book. I hope I get a lot more, period, in Undertow.
But, all that said, this book was a good, quick read. I will definitely be checking out the remaining books in the series as they come out. While I didn’t feel like I completely connected with the characters, I connected enough to want to know how it all turns out.